Downtown Austin

Walkable and flourishing city with a fun-loving atmosphere

Welcome to Downtown Austin

With North Lamar Boulevard, the University of Texas, and the Colorado River as borders, Downtown Austin has virtually everything you could want in a city. The booming and vibrant downtown district at the heart of Austin is fraught with restaurants, bars, and performance venues; Austin deserves its reputation as the world's live music capital.


You can always learn something new in Downtown Austin — its art and culture scene is supported by various galleries and museums. Aside from the urban conveniences, people who love the outdoors enjoy hiking and biking trails, green spaces, and beautiful parks. It also features a wide selection of varied, delicious food. Everyone can find a niche working, playing, and living in this exciting, dynamic city.

What to Love

  • Easily walkable (Walk Score: 92)
  • Exciting, eclectic community
  • Live music capital of the world
  • Tasteful Downtown Austin real estate options
  • Booming tech industry

Local Lifestyle - Living in Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin thrives as a fast-growing, bustling community. There is always something going on: countless attractions, businesses, and activities are within easy walking distance. Downtown is known for its robust shopping and stellar dining. Its lifestyle combines convenience with pleasure in a delightful, fun-loving atmosphere.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Downtown Austin

One of the most popular shopping streets in the city, South Congress Avenue is rich in character and stores. A great place to socialize, the street boasts many funky local shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is over three and a half miles of scenic views near the river. Some of it is paved, and some of it is natural. Walkers will find the lake, a park, and good picnic spots along the trail.


Downtown Austin has too many quality restaurants to list in one place. One of the finest, Olamaie, serves Southern food from a seasonal menu. The restaurant has a fantastic patio to go with its delicious food.


Palmer Events Center sits next to Butler Park, looking over downtown. Covering 125,000 square feet with two exhibit halls, it is easily accessible and has a covered outdoor area. Downtown’s Coppertank Events Center is a more intimate venue with a total capacity of 800 guests. The Austin Convention Center is another outstanding facility covering 881,400 square feet.

Things to Do in Downtown Austin

Opening its doors in 1987, SXSW Center hosts festivals and conferences celebrating film, music, culture, technology, and education. With a reputation for bringing different people together to discuss varied topics, SXSW is a nexus for creativity and culture. ACL Live is a state-of-the-art music venue with a capacity of 2,750 people. It hosts about 100 music shows annually, featuring many performers, musicians, and more.


The Pecan Street Festival is one of the country's longest-running and biggest music and arts and crafts festivals. The two-day celebration occurs twice a year, in May and September. Hundreds of national and local artists flock to the event to display and sell art in various styles, including glass, stone, metal, and more.


Locals love Zilker Metropolitan Park, an urban park covering 351 acres. The park, which recently passed its centennial anniversary, hosts many of Austin’s best-attended events. You can find a botanical garden, a sculpture garden, Barton Springs Pool, a clubhouse, a theater, and more.


Lady Bird Lake is an ideal reservoir to row, kayak, paddleboard, and canoe. With a serene atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, it also provides guests with a well-maintained trail that is great for jogging, walking, biking, and viewing nature. Lake Austin is known for boating and fishing. Visitors can rent boats there or try catching some largemouth bass. Beautiful and relaxed, it is a great place to enjoy nature, beauty, and a peaceful atmosphere.


About one in ten students attend private schools in Austin. Here are a few options near Downtown Austin:


Overview for Downtown Austin, TX

12,523 people live in Downtown Austin, where the median age is 40 and the average individual income is $126,821. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

40 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown Austin, TX

Downtown Austin has 8,101 households, with an average household size of 1. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown Austin do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 12,523 people call Downtown Austin home. The population density is 12,687.118 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

59.94 / 40.06%

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Schools in Downtown Austin, TX

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown Austin. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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K - 6th
University Of Texas At Austin High School
9th - 12th
Cathedral School Of St Mary
PreK - 8th
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