2017 Best Suburbs to Live in Austin Metro

Explore the best suburbs to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    West Lake Hills

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:I like the activities and options nearby, as well as the people. I would like to see more Pocky (ect.) nearby, or an asian grocery store.
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    Brushy Creek

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 31 reviews
    Niche User:I've lived here for years. The city itself is very nice. Although the state is conservative, the county is very moderate, with liberal leanings, which is a good thing. The city is a suburb of Austin, TX and is very near. I live near public transit which takes me to downtown Austin. However, I wish there was more public transit in the city itself. The city has a great education program, with over average SAT scores and plenty of public funding. And if you don't like the public schools, there are good charter options around. The city offers many chain restaurants and has many places to shop. It is more technologically centered given that the Dell HQ is located here. The traffic at times is pretty bad and the weather can get very hot and humid, but there are plenty of parks in the city and in the greater Austin metropolitan area where you can hike and go to swimming holes. Overall, a great place to live.
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    Cedar Park

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 171 reviews
    Current Resident:Growing like a weed! Cedar Park is attempting to stay ahead of the growth with their changes in infrastructure, retail expansion and venues. The downside? Housing prices have been increasing more and more. Great access to Austin without living IN Austin.
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    Shady Hollow

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 7 reviews
    Current Resident:Shady Halloween is calm, full of people who care. If they see something suspicious, they will report it. If people are driving in the neighborhood streets, the people outside will wave.
    The only downfall is that it is all connected to a heavily trafficked road. There aren't enough lanes, lights, or stop signs to help the people get on the main road from the side roads without risking someone running you over
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    Bee Cave

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 14 reviews
    Niche User:Austin is a great city. There are so many activities to do both indoors and outdoors. There are a countless amount of wonderful restaurants. Also everyone is very friendly and has southern hospitality but Austin "cool".
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    Hudson Bend

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 1 review
    Parent:Austin has grown and continues to grow rapidly.
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    Round Rock

    • City in Texas
    • 177 reviews
    Current Resident:If I could describe my experience with Round Rock in one word, it would be home. After being born in raised in Austin for my toddler years, Me and my family moved to Round Rock and we've loved it ever since. I've always seen it as a small cute community in disguise, because it truly is growing in tremendous way. Now residing in College a couple hours away, I can definitely say the homesickness sets in deeply when I reflect on all of my favorite places to eat and shop that are there or even 15 minutes down the road. Speaking of roads the only problem I've noticed is the common rugged roads found in most of the neighborhoods including mine, but I am proud to see when I visit home that there are many renovations being made!
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 17 reviews
    Niche User:I love the Lake Travis/Austin area. You are minutes away from hiking in the hills of Texas, but also close to the city. There is always something to do, people are friendly, and the weather is awesome.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    The Hills

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 51 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in Georgetown for the past fifteen years, and can honestly say that it is the best city in Texas! A small town that is rapidly growing, Georgetown has many things to do, attractions to visit, and places to eat. From Wolf Ranch shopping center, to the historic town square, to the delicious Monument Cafe, wether you want a busy, adventure-filled day trip, or a relaxing, peaceful weekend getaway, you will never be disappointed with a visit to Georgetown, Texas!
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 119 reviews
    Current Resident:Here in Pflugerville Texas, there are so many opportunities for an individual to grow and become a part of such a welcoming community! After a month of getting settled in my two jobs, I was already impacted by the tight-nit community. Being in the fast food industry I quickly made day-to-day interactions with lovely and homely customers. Within In-N-Out Burger's grand opening, I was invited to the private Pre-Opening Party and was even allowed free admission with my family to the event which concluded free food and hosting the City Council officials. I was proud to have been a new employee to the community and that my company was hosting this incredible event. From the fun-filled family water park, Hawaiian Falls, to all the popular jam-packed seats at the Friday night Varsity football games, Pflugerville is the place to be. I am not only proud to have made this decision, but definitely put forth the effort to continue to grow our community into a close-packed family.
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    Wells Branch

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 11 reviews
    Current Resident:Wells Branch is a relatively small but bustling neighborhood in far North Austin/Travis County that provides a variety of housing from single family homes to multi-family apartment communities, a large well-maintained park with beautifully landscaped walking trails and ponds, swimming pools, its own Municipal Utility District, restaurants and organized events. I've lived here for over eight years and have really enjoyed the time - it's become "home" for me. I enjoy the people, have raised a small family of pets and the neighbors have become good friends and I have gone through many moments of my life here in nearly a decade.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 1 review
    Niche User:The safety is a very important factor for this town. they do a good job at keeping an eye on everything. The police force is helpful and available at all times. same thing with the hospital and fire station. There is very little crime in this area. I have very little safety concern for this town.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 109 reviews
    Current Resident:Leander is a quickly growing community that offers a great environment for anyone. The public schooling system is amazing, which entails a multitude of schools to suit the needs of anyone at any age. A minimal crime rate and solid police infrastructure offer the insurance of optimal safety. The overall growth of the infrastructure and businesses places Leander on the place to live in the upcoming years.
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    Barton Creek

    • Suburb of Austin, TX
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    Lago Vista

    • Town in Texas
    • 16 reviews
    Current Resident:Living and raising a family in Lago Vista is great. Small town feel with caring people. The city is experiencing growing pains as it is moving from a bedroom/retirement community to a growing family oriented community. The median age has dropped and businesses are beginning to find sure footing.

    Continued need for people to be active in community government and the city council has changed from the "old order" of focus on keeping it a retirement community.
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    • Town in Texas
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    Dripping Springs

    • Town in Texas
    • 10 reviews
    Nearby Resident:Dripping Springs is just south of Austin, Texas. It is a wonderful place to raise a family. We've found everyone we meet to be so friendly and welcoming and up for conversations! There are several housing developments which give you that neighborhood feel or you can look for land and get that country vibe. The majority of people have the "take me as I am" personality, most dress in jeans and cowboy boots or casual sweats/yoga pants. The town is all about supporting local establishments, which means great restaurants, boutiques and several wineries, distilleries and breweries.
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    • Town in Texas
    • 17 reviews
    Current Resident:Good little quiet town. Traffic can be hectic on the weekends. There are serval small restaurants, and many specialty shops. Having two major grocery stores is nice as well. Also there is one major chain gym.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 74 reviews
    Current Resident:Generally, when I first arrived in this area, it was rather rural and felt barren almost. However, the small town had its pluses. Although there wasn't much going on years ago, the people made it feel welcoming like everyone knowing one another. Through my time volunteering, I experience this first hand. But despite that, the changes that I feel should happen are the establishment businesses in closer proximity; the secluded town, although growing in population, still goes quite far to get to a restaurant or shop that has materials or types of foods that others would have to venture further in Texas to get to.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 10 reviews
    Current Resident:It is a small town outside of Austin, Texas. It has grown more in the last ten years and is steadily growing. The commute to downtown Austin is about a 30-45 minute drive. I personally went to school in that area. School system is very well put together. Public schools are very modernized and relatively new. I feel very safe during the day but at night I have come across several different incidents. I believe because everyone tends to be home pretty early and so the new people see it as an opportunity to get away with crime. Traffic is never bad and it is easy to get around. Buda does have several public parks in a close range that are very family friendly. I have been to several events that were held at the parks. The town is overall very friendly.
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    • Suburb of Austin, TX
    • 53 reviews
    Current Resident:I've lived in Kyle my entire life. When I was a kid it was just a little truck-stop with a lone Dairy Queen, something commuters from San Marcos passed on their way to Austin. However, Kyle today is just the opposite. We are mostly a "bedroom town" full of new suburbs, fast-food restaurants, and markets. We have a great movie theater/bowling/arcade facility for entertainment, along with an Austin Community College campus just across the highway from the Seton Medical Hospital. Kyle is, essentially, the type of town you can stay in forever. Everything you could possibly need is just a jump in the car away!
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    • Town in Texas
    • 33 reviews
    Current Resident:This town is where my family was started. We have had good experiences with the schools and our neighbors. The best part is it's a small town, you can go get gas or shop and be home in less time than you could have to deal with traffic in lots of towns. My wife has been able to find part time employment when we needed it. Our church is very near by. Plenty of placed to eat and close enough to other towns to shop and explore. Austin is far enough to not have to deal with the crazy but close enough to enjoy it's positive aspects.
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