These Are The 10 Worst Austin Neighborhoods For 2018


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

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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. Johnston Terrace
  4. Saint Johns
  5. North Burnett
  6. Mlk
  7. Pleasant Valley
  8. Franklin Park
  9. West University
  10. Riverside

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

Worst Neighborhoods In Austin

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 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.

1. Montopolis

Population: 11,344
Median Income: $24,087
Median Home Value: $88,050

2. Martin Luther King-Hwy 183

Population: 8,445
Median Income: $37,346
Median Home Value: $126,640

3. Johnston Terrace

Population: 1,186
Median Income: $41,698
Median Home Value: $150,950

4. Saint Johns

Population: 9,325
Median Income: $40,577
Median Home Value: $101,800

5. North Burnett

Population: 6,625
Median Income: $50,318
Median Home Value: $61,700

6. Mlk

Population: 3,876
Median Income: $43,675
Median Home Value: $164,220

7. Pleasant Valley

Population: 14,882
Median Income: $22,364
Median Home Value: $36,629

8. Franklin Park

Population: 16,980
Median Income: $36,330
Median Home Value: $89,400

9. West University

Population: 14,844
Median Income: $10,474
Median Home Value: $88,100

10. Riverside

Population: 13,969
Median Income: $33,986
Median Home Value: $81,770

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 Austin Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Montopolis 11,344 $24,087 $88,050
2 Martin Luther King-Hwy 183 8,445 $37,346 $126,640
3 Johnston Terrace 1,186 $41,698 $150,950
4 Saint Johns 9,325 $40,577 $101,800
5 North Burnett 6,625 $50,318 $61,700
6 Mlk 3,876 $43,675 $164,220
7 Pleasant Valley 14,882 $22,364 $36,629
8 Franklin Park 16,980 $36,330 $89,400
9 West University 14,844 $10,474 $88,100
10 Riverside 13,969 $33,986 $81,770
11 Saint Edwards 4,577 $34,903 $81,033
12 North Lamar 7,008 $35,825 $128,333
13 Mckinney 3,170 $50,871 $116,900
14 North Austin 27,709 $37,998 $121,729
15 Georgian Acres 9,450 $24,792 $70,460
16 Parker Lane 10,553 $35,954 $143,683
17 East Congress 3,575 $47,057 $103,567
18 Govalle 4,984 $38,535 $215,720
19 Heritage Hills 6,317 $31,942 $133,750
20 Pecan Springs Springdale 5,089 $39,607 $164,175
21 Rosewood 4,988 $33,296 $200,340
22 Triangle State 1,426 $40,824 $188,650
23 South Manchaca 7,574 $49,382 $165,500
24 University Hills 5,067 $50,738 $181,000
25 Windsor Park 16,131 $45,427 $192,355
26 Garrison Park 11,380 $49,303 $166,544
27 Southeast 2,577 $53,250 $137,000
28 Sweet Briar 5,732 $44,301 $94,867
29 North University 4,852 $20,959 $206,475
30 Holly 3,016 $37,808 $256,450
31 Highland 5,254 $52,837 $196,240
32 East Cesar Chavez 3,365 $45,101 $253,425
33 North Loop 5,158 $44,707 $281,433
34 Coronado Hills 3,661 $36,146 $151,650
35 University Of Texas 9,105 $39,832 $278,420
36 West Congress 2,761 $47,019 $198,733
37 Central East Austin 4,533 $43,080 $244,380
38 Galindo 3,448 $45,476 $278,800
39 West Gate 3,515 $47,258 $283,625
40 Upper Boggy Creek 5,133 $52,179 $272,760
41 Windsor Hills 7,839 $50,604 $139,350
42 Wooten 5,698 $52,655 $206,400
43 Hyde Park 5,506 $45,015 $317,567
44 Allandale 8,779 $61,135 $235,083
45 Brentwood 8,633 $52,178 $248,062
46 Chestnut 1,684 $50,923 $198,250
47 South Lamar 7,537 $42,961 $237,717
48 North Shoal Creek 4,300 $62,620 $294,350
49 Windsor Road 5,505 $79,501 $525,039
50 Hancock 3,778 $51,200 $374,320
51 Barton Hills 8,587 $73,148 $439,957
52 Rmma 2,916 $62,175 $379,200
53 Bouldin 5,836 $59,509 $350,150
54 Zilker 5,552 $74,832 $423,986
55 Dawson 2,702 $50,806 $279,250
56 Rosedale 5,639 $76,100 $367,514
57 Downtown 6,413 $87,109 $449,300
58 South River City 7,072 $68,879 $348,550
59 Old West Austin 5,209 $62,783 $597,780
60 Crestview 4,997 $75,741 $275,250

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Austin Neighborhoods For 2018

  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.

  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.

    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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