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Living in Downtown Austin

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Austin with 7,568 residents.

Downtown has good public transportation and is very bikeable.

Nearby neighborhoods: University of Texas, East Cesar Chavez, Old West Austin, Central East Austin, West University, Bouldin and South River City.

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Walk Score of Downtown, Austin, TX

Downtown is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Violet Crown Cinema

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Vince Young Steakhouse

Most errands can be accomplished on foot in Downtown Austin.

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Austin with a Walk Score of 86.

Find apartments in Austin's most walkable neighborhoods: Downtown, West University and University of Texas.

Downtown Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Downtown to other Austin neighborhoods.

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Population

1 Downtown 86 68 88 7,568
2 West University 85 67 89 15,907
3 University of Texas 81 76 80 7,468

See Walk Score rankings for all of Austin.

Eating & Drinking

There are about 447 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Downtown.

People in Downtown can walk to an average of 12 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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W Austin

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Second Bar + Kitchen

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thumbnail for Austin Rowing ClubAustin Rowing Club is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing in Austin, Texas. ARC is a partner of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department in the management of Waller Creek Boathouse. ARC offers a variety of low-cost and no-cost rowing programs for junior and adult rowers. Each year, ARC hosts three nationally recognized rowing events at Lady Bird Lake, and sends rowers to competitions all over the world.

Cyndy Stewart
on Austin Rowing Club

Transit Score of Downtown, Austin, TX

Downtown has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Downtown Austin apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Downtown has good public transportation and about 32 bus and 1 rail lines passing through it.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Downtown on public transit.

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Downtown has about 8 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

Neighborhood Guides

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W Austin

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Ballet Austin

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Second Bar + Kitchen

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Key Achievements: Partnered with Social Good Summit + Austin and Imagine Austin | Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) formed with resolution passed by City of Austin City Council and WalkAustin in Sept 2013 after receiving grant to bring America Walks/CDC Workshop to Austin in May 2013. Co-organizer World Car Free Day called CarFreeDayATX 2012- support from Austin City Council and community at large in less than 6 weeks. Beyond2ndNature co-founder | President (11/12-5/13)

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Photo of Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail Head in Downtown, Austin

Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail Head

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Bar Louie Austin

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Spring Condominiums

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Bike Score of Downtown, Austin, TX

Downtown is Very Bikeable

Biking is convenient for most trips.

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Ballet Austin

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Uncle Julio's

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NO VA Kitchen & Bar

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Texas Capitol

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Pelons Tex Mex

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Austin City Hall

thumbnail for Congress Avenue KayaksWhere can you get a kayak or paddleboard in the heart of Downtown Austin, year-round? Right here is where you want to be to paddle our kayaks or standup paddleboards and see it all from Lady Bird Lake/Town Lake. First-timers and veterans, we have boats waiting for you to rent by the hour, by the half-day. Come see us at the city's new boathouse, one block south of the Austin Convention Center and next to the Congress Avenue Bridge.

Cyndy Stewart
on Congress Avenue Kayaks

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Esther's Follies

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The Ginger Man

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Icenhauer's

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Lucille

thumbnail for Royal Blue GroceryRoyal Blue is a compact urban grocery, located in Austin's 2nd Street District. The store draws inspiration from the past, combined with a fresh, modern environment. Royal Blue is a modern general store designed to serve the neighborhood where it's located.

Cyndy Stewart
on Royal Blue Grocery

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Red Eyed Fly

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THE BLACKHEART

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Urban Wine + Liquor

thumbnail for Violet Crown CinemaViolet Crown Cinema is a locally owned and operated cinema with four screens devoted to art, independent, documentary and international films.

Cyndy Stewart
on Violet Crown Cinema

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