According to an analysis completed by neighborhood website Niche, Austin boasts eight of the top ten 2016 Healthiest Places to Live in Texas. Rollingwood, a suburb just west of downtown Austin, took the top spot. It is followed by West Lake Hills, Hudson Bend, Austin, Lakeway and Barton Creek. Austin has a shut-out victory in the top 6 healthiest places to live in Texas for 2016. Manchaca and Shady Hollow took eighth and ninth place, respectively. The two neighborhoods round out the top 10 rankings on the Healthiest Places to Live list.
Niche created the rankings of the healthiest places to live in the U.S. based on rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, rate of inactivity and obesity. Niche analysts also considered residents’ access to healthcare, mental health and fitness centers. Data for the rankings was collected from the U.S. Census and CDC.
Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 top eight healthiest places to live in Texas, with data about each suburb:
Rollingwood has taken the top spot for several of the Niche “Best Places” lists. They include the “2016 Best Places to Live in Texas” and the “2016 Best Suburbs to Live in Texas.” For the Healthiest Places to live list, Rollingwood got an A+ for Health and Fitness. Rollingwood also got an A for access to doctors, access to fitness and health facilities. IT earned an A+ for access to mental health providers and a low rate of smoking and excessive drinking.
#2. West Lake Hills
Northwest of Austin, West Lake Hills was founded and incorporated as a village in 1953. Today, it’s comprised of about 4 square miles and over 3,000 residents. West Lake Hills earned similar rankings as Rollingwood for the 2016 Healthiest Places to Live in Texas. It has a low instance of physical inactivity and a low rate of obesity among its residents. What sets West Lake Hills apart from the other Texas suburbs on Niche’s “Best of” lists are the amazing public schools in the area. West Lake Hills was rated the top suburb in the 2016 Places with the Best Public Schools in Texas. You can also check out the neighborhood’s features that make it the best in the “2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in Texas” list.
#3. Hudson Bend
Stretching like a peninsula into the Colorado River, Hudson Bend is home to over three thousand residents. It has a median home value of $288,100. Hudson Bend earned an overall mark of A for health and fitness. It was also ranked as the second-best place in Texas to buy a house in 2016. And it ranked second on the list of “2016 Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Texas.”
Overall, Austin gets a ranking of A+ as far as neighborhood rankings from Niche. It’s A+ rating in health and fitness comes in slightly behind its healthier suburbs on this list due to a slightly lower rating for access to doctors. Because of the presence of The University of Texas and other higher learning institutions in the city along with its diverse entertainment options, Austin is consistently ranked as a top place for Millennials. Bat city has also made a name for itself as a tech hub. That distinction, coupled with its thriving and diverse economy, make Austin one of the “2016 Cities with the Best Job Opportunities in America.”
As the area name suggests, Lakeway is situated on the shore of Lake Travis about 25 miles west of downtown Austin. According to the Lakeway community website, Lakeway is a resort community that began as a retirement and “second-home” community. It grew as is began to attract younger families looking for a “lake lifestyle.” In addition to earning an A+ in health and fitness, Lake Travis also earns an A+ for its public schools and for being an ideal place to raise a family. Median home values in Lakeway are at $368,900 and the area provides a suburban feel based on its population density.
#6. Barton Creek
Just Southwest of Downtown Austin, Barton Creek is a large area that features many exclusive neighborhoods that are a short drive from downtown Austin. Because of its location in the Texas Hill Country, it offers amazing views and landscapes, multiple golf courses, and the famous creek for which the neighborhood is named. It’s A+ health and fitness grade only falls behind the top 5 Austin neighborhoods on the “2016 Healthiest Places to Live in Texas” list due to its B+ rating for access to doctors. Barton Creek also earned an A grade for public schools and jobs. It’s also been rated highly as one of the “2016 Best Places to Retire in Texas.”
South Austin is typically known for its uniqueness and convenience to downtown Austin. Manchaca is no exception, being just a short drive to downtown Austin along any number of surface streets that feed into downtown, or on I-35, which runs along the Western border of the neighborhood. Median home values in the area are an exceptionally low $187,00 and median rents are at $955. Along with its A+ ranking for health and fitness, Manchaca also earned an A grade for public schools, nightlife, real estate and family friendliness.
#9. Shady Hollow
Along the southwest border of Travis County is the community of Shady Hollow. It features a variety of parks and community amenities, including Capistrano Park, Capistrano Park Pool, the David C. Ellis Community Center and Gatling Gun Park. Along with its A+ rating for health and fitness, Niche gave Shady Hollow an A in public schools, nightlife, jobs, good for families and real estate. Median home values in Shady Hollow are around $285,100 and an impressive 97% of residents own their homes. Niche also rated Shady Hollow highly as one of the “2016 Best Places to Buy a House in Texas.”
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