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
- Johnston Terrace
- Saint Johns
- North Burnett
- Pleasant Valley
- Franklin Park
- West University
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.
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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.
Median Income: $24,087
Median Home Value: $88,050
2. Martin Luther King-Hwy 183
Median Income: $37,346
Median Home Value: $126,640
3. Johnston Terrace
Median Income: $41,698
Median Home Value: $150,950
4. Saint Johns
Median Income: $40,577
Median Home Value: $101,800
5. North Burnett
Median Income: $50,318
Median Home Value: $61,700
Median Income: $43,675
Median Home Value: $164,220
7. Pleasant Valley
Median Income: $22,364
Median Home Value: $36,629
8. Franklin Park
Median Income: $36,330
Median Home Value: $89,400
9. West University
Median Income: $10,474
Median Home Value: $88,100
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
|2||Martin Luther King-Hwy 183||8,445|
|20||Pecan Springs Springdale||5,089|
|32||East Cesar Chavez||3,365|
|35||University Of Texas||9,105|
|37||Central East Austin||4,533|
|40||Upper Boggy Creek||5,133|
|48||North Shoal Creek||4,300|
|58||South River City||7,072|
|59||Old West Austin||5,209|