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 ten places don’t quite measure up to Austin’s reputation:

  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.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Austin hoods

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.

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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

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

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3 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.

  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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