Austin Demographic Information

Austin's population grew from 790,390 in 2010 to 947,890 in 2016.

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Are you thinking of moving to Austin??  Austin, Texas is the fourth-largest city in Texas and the 11th most populous city in the United States with a population of 947,890 (according to the 2016 U.S. Census), which is up over 16.9% since 2010!!!!  The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which has a combined population of over 2,000,860 (2015 U.S. Census), making it the 33rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States. The Austin-Round Rock metro area was the fifth-fastest-growing city in the nation in 2016.

Residents of Austin, Texas are known as “Austinites”. They include a diverse mix of government employees (e.g., university faculty & staff, law enforcement, political staffers); foreign and domestic college students; musicians; high-tech workers; blue-collar workers and businesspeople. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the racial composition of Austin is:

  • Anglo (Non-Hispanic White): 48.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 34.5%
  • African American: 7.6%
  • Asian: 6.8%
  • Other: 2.2%

According the the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 358,401 housing units with an owner occupancy rate of 45.3% and a vacancy rate of 8.3%. Of the 358,401 households, the percentage of people living in the same household one year ago is 77.3%. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.14. In the city the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% being under the age of 5 and 7.9% being 65 years and over. The percentage of people that are high school graduates or higher is 88% and the percentage of the population with a Bachelor's degree or higher is 47.7%.

The median income for an Austin household in 2016 was $60,939 and the per capita income encompassing the 12 months of 2016 was $35,672. 16.7% of the population is below the poverty line. The median house price was $257,800, and had increased every year since 2003.

With the mass growth that Austin has seen over the past few years, it will be very exciting to see the updated city statistics in the 2020 Census!


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