These Are The 10 Worst Austin Neighborhoods For 2019

We used science and data to determine which Austin neighborhoods are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Austin.
Worst Neighborhoods In Austin

Austin’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Austin.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Austin. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Austin neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Austin hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Austin area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Crestview ranks way above the rest.

We examined 60 of Austin’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Austin’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Austin according to data:

  1. Montopolis
  2. Martin Luther King-Hwy 183
  3. Saint Johns
  4. East Congress
  5. McKinney
  6. Mlk
  7. North Burnett
  8. Parker Lane
  9. Johnston Terrace
  10. Georgian Acres

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Austin for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Montopolis looks to be the worst neighborhood in Austin.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Austin that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Austin.

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How we determined the worst Austin hoods in 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Austin:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Austin, Texas for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Austin.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Austin to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 60 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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Population: 12,211
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,150 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,146 (4th worst)
More on Montopolis:  Data

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Population: 8,366
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $167,560 (19th worst)
Median Income: $38,101 (11th worst)
More on Martin Luther King-Hwy 183:  Data

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Population: 9,414
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $119,120 (12th worst)
Median Income: $38,935 (13th worst)
More on Saint Johns:  Data

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Population: 3,722
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $116,833 (10th worst)
Median Income: $57,876 (43rd worst)
More on East Congress:  Data

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Population: 3,150
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $128,100 (15th worst)
Median Income: $55,700 (39th worst)
More on Mckinney:  Data

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Population: 4,121
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $201,900 (26th worst)
Median Income: $40,115 (16th worst)
More on Mlk:  Data

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Population: 7,559
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $84,867 (5th worst)
Median Income: $56,120 (40th worst)
More on North Burnett:  Data

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Population: 9,993
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $158,900 (18th worst)
Median Income: $34,384 (8th worst)
More on Parker Lane:  Data

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Population: 1,485
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $175,350 (20th worst)
Median Income: $50,223 (31st worst)
More on Johnston Terrace:  Data

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Population: 9,600
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $90,800 (6th worst)
Median Income: $34,377 (7th worst)
More on Georgian Acres:  Data

The ‘hoods around Austin that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Austin with Montopolis landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Austin aren’t all bad. Crestview takes the cake as the best place to live in Austin.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Neighborhoods To Live In Austin For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Montopolis 12,211 $77,150 $31,146
2 Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 8,366 $167,560 $38,101
3 Saint Johns 9,414 $119,120 $38,935
4 East Congress 3,722 $116,833 $57,876
5 Mckinney 3,150 $128,100 $55,700
6 Mlk 4,121 $201,900 $40,115
7 North Burnett 7,559 $84,867 $56,120
8 Parker Lane 9,993 $158,900 $34,384
9 Johnston Terrace 1,485 $175,350 $50,223
10 Georgian Acres 9,600 $90,800 $34,377
11 Highland 5,694 $217,960 $48,647
12 Saint Edwards 5,395 $96,800 $37,831
13 Riverside 12,906 $80,760 $39,997
14 Windsor Park 16,026 $215,227 $48,717
15 Govalle 5,366 $240,100 $45,932
16 Holly 3,157 $291,725 $48,968
17 Pleasant Valley 16,277 $40,814 $28,283
18 North Loop 5,202 $330,283 $48,192
19 Sweet Briar 5,468 $110,367 $48,151
20 North Lamar 7,591 $125,367 $38,197
21 West University 15,552 $36,100 $10,313
22 Heritage Hills 6,935 $155,350 $34,850
23 Southeast 3,208 $134,600 $48,233
24 Franklin Park 17,874 $91,370 $42,526
25 North Austin 27,787 $117,564 $39,560
26 South Manchaca 7,794 $185,475 $53,741
27 Rosewood 5,701 $255,020 $33,471
28 Central East Austin 4,756 $309,280 $54,415
29 West Gate 3,858 $337,625 $45,249
30 Triangle State 1,359 $178,700 $45,880
31 West Congress 3,725 $250,200 $54,579
32 Coronado Hills 3,453 $176,350 $32,758
33 Pecan Springs Springdale 5,762 $201,550 $41,166
34 East Cesar Chavez 3,152 $299,300 $62,881
35 University Hills 5,008 $223,225 $56,300
36 Rmma 3,744 $432,700 $66,995
37 University Of Texas 9,602 $283,300 $46,573
38 Wooten 5,596 $236,333 $56,640
39 Bouldin 5,585 $452,150 $63,868
40 Garrison Park 11,899 $189,400 $60,027
41 Windsor Hills 8,805 $124,975 $48,038
42 North Shoal Creek 4,398 $269,533 $62,650
43 Hancock 4,348 $460,640 $55,110
44 North University 4,729 $212,500 $26,698
45 Dawson 2,758 $325,125 $48,360
46 Upper Boggy Creek 5,302 $295,020 $58,518
47 Windsor Road 5,882 $467,600 $83,929
48 Chestnut 1,683 $295,550 $62,572
49 Brentwood 9,082 $285,488 $59,856
50 Galindo 3,737 $337,233 $53,509
51 South River City 6,980 $436,283 $83,666
52 Allandale 8,861 $295,242 $72,429
53 South Lamar 9,076 $282,267 $54,142
54 Barton Hills 9,010 $488,529 $72,514
55 Old West Austin 5,332 $439,620 $72,697
56 Hyde Park 5,651 $438,283 $53,870
57 Zilker 6,329 $482,871 $79,611
58 Rosedale 6,008 $467,743 $85,834
59 Downtown 7,414 $454,200 $98,498
60 Crestview 5,172 $331,075 $78,024

9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Austin Neighborhoods For 2019

  1. Intelligence and education are not one in the same. Austin’s crime rate is increasing whether yall like it or not.

    Being naive should be banned.

    The sources are at your fingertips. All yall have to do is surf away from constipation news network.

    1. One only needs to look at countries where a given race is relatively free to choose how to govern themselves. It is then becomes obvious that Caucasions have the best and most prosperis forms of governments. No one “owes” anyone a living or an education. Today if one wants to learn vast resources are available all over the world. Ignorance is a choice. Too many people of so-called “color” find it easier to blaim others, and perpetuate hatred than learn and evolve. Actions and the results speak louder than the current propaganda, that denies reality and condones the actions of people who refuse to take responsibility for their own backwards attitudes, and hateful violent actions.

  2. A better title for this would be, “A Racist’s Guide to Austin.” Basically they just list the neighborhoods that aren’t primarily white.

    1. My job as a Global Security Director holds me responsible for ensuring the safety and security of my companies people, assets and facilities is 44 countries around the world with Austin being only one city in 79 office locations globally. There are not just areas of a city that I would deny us setting up an office, but there are areas of cities, cities and countries around the world that I would not just say no to, but hell no to doing long-term business in. Let’s face it, in America and the world over, the most HATED race of people on Gods green earth are black and brown people who are considered Negro by all accounts. I could go down the list to debate who’s next (i.e. Mexicans, Arabs, etc.), but that would be counterintuitive to this conversation. So, in every neighborhood in the US, Black and Latin neighborhoods are traditionally worse for a whole lot of reasons that aren’t necessarily racist. Low or lower education equals not conforming to the world or the society you live in and let’s face not conforming to not just a white world, but an elitist world will leave you in shitty neighborhoods, no money, no job or minimum wage; which is denigrating to say the least, nothing productive to do with you time, broke and more broke, and simply put, in one of the top ten worst neighborhood in Austin or elsewhere. Yours and others I want it now attitude is a attribute of your failure in this white mans world. Success without sacrifice is impossible for most in this world, but especially if you’re Black, Latin, and sometimes Arab. We live in a world of haves and have nots, but if you’re not white or what is considered white, you usually serve the latter. It’s the world we live in and it’s not racist anymore, it’s just how it is and you can either continue to complain, and have that whoa it’s me attitude or you can decide to sacafrice so that the next generation will be better off than yours or you can just stop producing children to raise in these shitty neighborhoods where they socialize with other from the neighborhood and learn shitty behavior in school, in your household, and in the neighbor they are raised. As a brown, not black Afro-American (And I hate that term) I was raised in what would be considered a top ten worse neighborhood in Austin by a single mother, but not in Austin (different city, same story). Note: I didn’t meet my father until I was 28, but before then, I had a Masters Degree that I sacraficed and worked my ass off to earn! So quit complaining and do something meaning in this short and shorter life.

      1. I love to see people rise up and get an education and make something of themselves regardless of race, hats off to you!! You are so right about all that!

    2. The truth shall set you free! Feel free to do your own research and find out for yourself. Please don’t be that person, that assumes everything is about race. That makes you seem racist…

      Food for Thought

  3. I strongly disagree with the Riverside placement on this list. Lived there for 4 years and yes, it was previously a difficult place to live but a ton of renovations have brought more housing, retail, restaurants, bars, and active living to the district. With the construction of the Hike & Bike Trail, Oracle, and multiple high-end apartment and condos, this area will continue to be enhanced, and I look forward to steady increase in living standards on Riverside.

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