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:
- Martin Luther King-Hwy 183
- Saint Johns
- East Congress
- North Burnett
- Parker Lane
- Johnston Terrace
- 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.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $77,150 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $31,146 (4th worst)
More on Montopolis: Data
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
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $119,120 (12th worst)
Median Income: $38,935 (13th worst)
More on Saint Johns: Data
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Median Home Value: $116,833 (10th worst)
Median Income: $57,876 (43rd worst)
More on East Congress: Data
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $128,100 (15th worst)
Median Income: $55,700 (39th worst)
More on Mckinney: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $201,900 (26th worst)
Median Income: $40,115 (16th worst)
More on Mlk: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $84,867 (5th worst)
Median Income: $56,120 (40th worst)
More on North Burnett: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $158,900 (18th worst)
Median Income: $34,384 (8th worst)
More on Parker Lane: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Home Value: $175,350 (20th worst)
Median Income: $50,223 (31st worst)
More on Johnston Terrace: Data
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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