Downtown/Central Austin

Set on the banks of the Colorado River, Downtown/Central Austin is a bustling snapshot of the best urban living available.

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Luxurious urban living at its finest
Set on the banks of the Colorado River, Downtown/Central Austin is a bustling snapshot of the best urban living available. Residents enjoy many entertainment opportunities in the heart of this capital city, all within walking distance of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment spots in Texas.
Blending historical reverence with technological advancements, Downtown/Central Austin is an energetic neighborhood abuzz with activity. Gazing upon the dynamic skyscrapers rising from the surrounding streets will make it easy to forget that this area once stood upon dusty dirt roads adorned with hitching posts and saloons. You can still find several of those saloons throughout Downtown/Central Austin, but the city has grown into a sophisticated architectural showcase with special care being taken to preserve the gorgeous views and green spaces.

What to Love

  • Many fun activities in a walkable location
  • Convenient urban atmosphere
  • Abundant fine dining and exciting nightlife scene
  • Many places to visit, such as the Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail, Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool
  • Whole Foods headquarters
  • Vibrant 6th Street and Congress Avenue, High end South Congress Shopping and trendy W. 2nd Street.

Local Lifestyle

Downtown/Central Austin serves as the heart of metropolitan Austin, and it is clear to see the vibrant lifestyle of the neighborhood. The city blends history and technology with exciting entertainment, shopping, and dining options, all while being within walking distance of outdoor parks and recreational spaces. With abundant sunshine, there are many opportunities for live music and outdoor festivities. 
Nearby college students from the University of Texas at Austin feed a young vibe into the neighborhood, influencing trends in shopping and keeping leisure hotspots jumping. Meanwhile, many high-tech companies offer employment in the Downtown/Central Austin neighborhood, encouraging a high level of education and movement in the workforce.  

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

Austin has a reputation as a must-visit city for food, arts, culture, and entertainment, and Downtown/Central Austin is the nucleus of high-end amenities for those seeking the best of Texas. 
The 2nd Street Retail District of Downtown Austin has some of the best and most walkable shopping in Austin, housing locally sourced luxury boutiques and chain stores from around the globe. Foodies must take time to tour the Whole Foods Market flagship store and shop for a variety of home goods and organic foods prepared fresh in the store. Stay awhile and try the delicacies from the sushi bar or hot bar featuring barbeque favorites.  
Nearby, West 6th and East 6th Streets house delicious destinations for drinks and entertainment, such as the delectable seafood creations at Clark’s Oyster Bar or contemporary dim sum from Wu Chow. If you are in the mood for outstanding fine dining choices, try out the fares in the Seaholm District. The Four Seasons Hotel Bar awaits to serve you the absolute best luxurious brunch or hand-mixed drinks with service that cannot be beaten, regardless of whether you choose the view from the penthouse or the patio bar. 

Things to Do

The capital city has plenty to offer in entertainment. Many know Austin for its arts and cultural scene, and Downtown is fittingly home to South by Southwest, most commonly referred to as SXSW, a festival dedicated to the amalgamation of music, art, film, culture, and education. It is well worth your time to visit the SXSW Center, a magnificent architectural creation meant to represent a work of music amid the boxy buildings of Austin. 
For even more incredible live music, check out the iconic Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. Austin City Limits Live features a variety of musical talents and is the longest-running musical show on American television. It also puts on one of the most dynamic music festivals every fall, Austin City Limits Festival. Austin City Limits Music Festival is an annual music festival held in Zilker Park in Austin  on two consecutive three-day weekends. 
Downtown/Central Austin’s parks are other winning destinations, providing green spaces in the busy city. The newly renovated Pease District Park, Is Austin's Oldest Park, a Green Oasis In the Heart Of a Growing City, as well as exciting areas for BMX riders to hone their skills in Duncan Park and the 9th Street BMX Park.  Don’t forget to visit Zilker Park is a 361-acre park nestled in the heart of downtown, right off Lady Bird Lake. The park was founded in 1917 and is home to picnic facilities, bike/canoe rentals, a disc golf course, a large playground for children, the Zilker Zephyr train and Barton Springs Pool, an urban oasis where swimmers plunge into 68-degree, spring-fed waters.
The Lady Bird Hike and Bike Trail is popular with birdwatchers and hikers. Historic Republic Park in Downtown Austin also houses the Sustainable Food Center Farmer’s Market, an open-air market boasting live music, a cafe, and organic fruits, vegetables, and creations from local farmers, ranchers, and artisans.


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Overview for Downtown/Central Austin, TX

12,523 people live in Downtown/Central 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

Median Age


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Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown/Central Austin, TX

Downtown/Central 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/Central 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/Central 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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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Schools in Downtown/Central Austin, TX

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown/Central 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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