Austin conjures up images of tons of things to do, quality people, and a bustling economy. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to live across the country.
But not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Austin.
So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?
Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Austin ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Austin area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Austin proper, although The Hills certainly tries.
We examined the 21 biggest suburbs of Austin to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t find them on the worst places to live in Texas, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Austin in terms of quality of life:
- San Marcos
- Wells Branch
- Round Rock
Read on to see how we determined the places around Austin that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger. And once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of worst to best.
How we determined the worst Austin ‘burbs
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 cities have the least amount of those things. We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the Census’s most recent 2010-2014 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Low 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 number of high school drop outs
Then, we ranked each place that have over 5,000 people around Austin for each of these criteria from worst to best.
The place with the lowest average rankings for these criteria ranks as the worst suburb 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 21 suburbs ranked from worst to best.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Snarkiness incorporated for entertainment purposes only. Hold on to your pants.
Population: 5,936Median Income: $70,029
Median Home Value: $133,400
2. San Marcos
Population: 51,289Median Income: $27,261
Median Home Value: $134,800
Population: 53,007Median Income: $62,219
Median Home Value: $197,600
Population: 18,839Median Income: $70,519
Median Home Value: $141,000
Population: 30,040Median Income: $75,983
Median Home Value: $154,500
6. Wells Branch
Population: 11,852Median Income: $46,780
Median Home Value: $168,400
Population: 30,664Median Income: $75,182
Median Home Value: $147,200
Population: 9,443Median Income: $69,685
Median Home Value: $184,800
Population: 52,138Median Income: $74,196
Median Home Value: $168,500
10. Round Rock
Population: 106,972Median Income: $70,952
Median Home Value: $172,500
The areas around Austin that you probably don’t want to live in
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Austin with Manor landing ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Austin aren’t all bad. The Hills takes the cake as the best place to live around Austin.
For the chart below, these are ranked from worst to best.
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Detailed List Of Austin Suburbs
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