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West University is a neighborhood in Austin, Texas with a population of 25,174. West University is in Travis County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in West University offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In West University there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in West University and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in West University are highly rated.
About West University...
Population
25,174

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$30,942
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,242
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    96%
  • Own
    4%
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West University Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    57.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    45.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    376.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,505.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    231.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$8,409
National
$55,322
Families with Children
1%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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The area where I live is very cool because it is a student area. Wherever you go, you can see students walking around all the time. The walking distance from campus is also great! I would definitely choose to live here again if I had the chance. Austin is a very beautiful city with natural landmarks everywhere. I cannot compare it to another state in this country because I have not really traveled outside of Texas except to Florida and California. I can say, however, that it is definitely better than El Paso, TX. That is my hometown and Austin has a lot more to give in every aspect there is. I think that Austin will continue to expand and new businesses and job opportunities will continue to increase.
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Since I live on West Campus, there is not a lot of crime seen in this area. However, there have been cases of crime around the whole UT campus area which is very alarming. The prevalence is not very big but as anywhere else, it has happened. I have seen police officers throughout this area multiple times which makes me feel a lot safer. It is very wise, though, to not walk alone at night and to always be aware of your surroundings because there are sections where there are no street lights. Also, I have seen a lot of homeless individuals sleeping or walking around and it can be concerning.
Austin is known for their food and drink options and you have so many places to choose from! You could get a burger for a dollar or fine dine downtown by burning a whole in your pocket. We also have what we like to call, Dirty 6th, where you can drink like a fish! There are so many places that offer happy hour as well that you can always find. You would have have to actually try to not find these food and drink possibilities in Austin because they are everywhere!