When it comes to relocation, an experienced local real estate expert will be able to provide personal insight into the best neighborhoods in Austin for your lifestyle. However, to help you take a more scientific look at which Austin areas might be the best neighborhoods to live in, the online real estate platform, Niche has compiled a comprehensive list of the best neighborhoods in the U.S. for 2018. Austin had the most neighborhoods on the list of any Texas city, with 6 communities on Niche’s list of the top 50 U.S. neighborhoods for 2018.
Austin continues to be one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country due to its thriving job market and appealing lifestyle. For those reasons, people from all over the country are catching on to the benefits of relocating to Austin. Although locals are sure to have their favorite neighborhoods in the area, newcomers are hard-pressed to decide which are the best neighborhoods for their lifestyle preferences.
Niche provides data collected from a wide variety of sources to analyze real estate in different areas and provide comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S. On its website, Niche claims to have “the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods.” For this ranking, Niche combined user rankings with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI to reveal the Best Neighborhoods to Live in America.
From the data they collected, Niche analysts assessed which key factors determine the quality of an area. Those factors include the reputation of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities. Niche narrowed down the rankings by assessing areas within a city and within a population of at least 1,000. Each neighborhood was then ranked based on 15 different categories which were each weighted depending on its importance and given a different grade.
Some of the categories that were included in the ranking are weather, commute, outdoor activities, jobs and health and fitness. Below are some of the other categories that were included in the ranking:
Higher education (the number of citizens with advanced degrees)
- Cost of living
- Housing costs
- Public schools
- Crime and safety
Best Neighborhoods in Austin
Austin’s Rosedale neighborhood took the highest ranking on the list. It came in at No. 21 in the nation. Rosedale is a Central Austin neighborhood bordered by West 38th Street on its south and North Loop Boulevard on its north. The combination of its suburban feel and access to green spaces make it the best neighborhood to live in Austin, according to Niche. Rosedale is close to the hustle and bustle of Burnet Road with its hip restaurants and trendy retailers. For outdoor amenities, Ramsey Neighborhood Park resides within Rosedale and the Charles Alan Wright Fields are nearby.
Next on the ranking is Allandale, which Niche named the 23rd best neighborhood in the U.S. Bordered by West 45th Street on its south, Allandale runs all the way north to West Anderson Lane. It’s bordered by Burnet Road to the east and Mopac Expressway to the west. Allandale offers the same appeal of suburban feel that Rosedale boasts and with great food and parks to boot.
Old West Austin
At number 32, Old West Austin lies just west of downtown Austin. It’s one of the most centrally located neighborhoods on the list. Old West Austin is bordered by Ladybird Lake on the south and Enfield Road on the north. MoPac Expressway and North Lamar Blvd. are its east and west borders, respectively. Don’t let the name “Old West” fool you – the community has a distinctly urban feel and easy access to the downtown Austin nightlife, which makes it one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.
No list of best neighborhoods in Austin would be complete without mentioning downtown Austin, which came in at number 39 on the list. Niche has the median rent in downtown Austin listed at $1,766. Median home prices for the neighborhood are at $485,105. The population in downtown Austin is 9,979. Downtown Austin gets an A for public schools and for how well it can accommodate families. It has an A+ grade for nightlife.
Number 40 on the Niche Best Neighborhoods list is Windsor Road. The community lies between West 35th Street on the North and West 24th Street on the South. It’s bordered by Loop 1 on the East and North Lamar Blvd. on the West. Windsor Road offers an urban neighborhood and access to plentiful green space.
Old Enfield ranked number 42 and features an urban feel and large outdoor space at Pease Park. It offers appealing average rents for the area, which is $1,150. Median home price is a bit steeper at $572,200. There are approximately 2,673 people living in Old Enfield, according to Niche’s data. Old Enfield earned an A+ for being good for families and for nightlife. It’s public schools earned an A and the crime and safety category got an A-.
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