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Living in Downtown Austin

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Austin with 7,412 residents.

Downtown has good public transportation and is a biker’s paradise.

Nearby neighborhoods: University of Texas-Austin, East Cesar Chavez, Central East Austin, Old West Austin, Old Enfield, West University and Bouldin Creek.

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Walk Score of Downtown, Austin, TX

Downtown is a Walker’s Paradise

Daily errands do not require a car.

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Photo of Royal Blue Grocery in Downtown, Austin

Royal Blue Grocery

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W Austin

Daily errands do not require a car in Downtown Austin.

Downtown is the most walkable neighborhood in Austin with a Walk Score of 90.

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

Downtown Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Downtown to other Austin neighborhoods.




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1 Downtown 90 68 93 7,412
2 West University 87 63 91 15,358
3 University of Texas-Austin 86 72 94 8,338

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 498 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Downtown.

People in Downtown can walk to an average of 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

Photo of Uncle Julio's in Downtown, Austin

Uncle Julio's

Photo of Pelons Tex Mex in Downtown, Austin

Pelons Tex Mex

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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 37 bus lines passing through it.

Transit Time

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

icon for car shares in Downtown

Downtown has about 8 car shares from RelayRides and Zipcar.

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Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Downtown Austin? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.


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

Photo of Bar Louie Austin in Downtown, Austin

Bar Louie Austin

Photo of Spring Condominiums in Downtown, Austin

Spring Condominiums

Bike Score of Downtown, Austin, TX

Downtown is a Biker’s Paradise

Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike.


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Crime in Downtown

= Lowest Crime

Downtown has more personal crime and more property crime per person than the Austin average.

Downtown Crime Rate

Compared to all Austin neighborhoods.

How do you feel walking in Downtown Austin?



Photo of Ballet Austin in Downtown, Austin

Ballet Austin

Photo of NO VA Kitchen & Bar in Downtown, Austin

NO VA Kitchen & Bar

Photo of Austin City Hall in Downtown, Austin

Austin City Hall

Photo of The Ginger Man in Downtown, Austin

The Ginger Man

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Photo of Lucille in Downtown, Austin


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

Photo of Red Eyed Fly in Downtown, Austin

Red Eyed Fly

Photo of THE BLACKHEART in Downtown, Austin


Photo of Urban Wine + Liquor in Downtown, Austin

Urban Wine + Liquor

Photo of Violet Crown Cinema in Downtown, Austin

Violet Crown Cinema

thumbnail for Waller Creek BoathouseWaller Creek Boathouse is a partnership between the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the non-profit Austin Rowing Club. WCB is open to all and offers a variety of low-cost and no-cost rowing, paddling, biking, and exercise for juniors, adults, and seniors.

Cyndy Stewart
on Waller Creek Boathouse

Photo of Texas Capitol Visitors Center in Downtown, Austin

Texas Capitol Visitors Center

Photo of Hut's in Downtown, Austin


Photo of Pfluger Ped Bridge in Downtown, Austin

Pfluger Ped Bridge

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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