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12 Cities Near Austin, TX to Live in, 2022

April 25, 2022

While Austin is inarguably a fantastic city with tons of recreation and housing opportunities to offer any prospective resident, it’s not the right choice for everyone.

For one, Austin’s traffic is atrocious. Additionally, the many crowds milling around the large city can make it challenging to get where you need to go, whether you travel by car or your own two feet.

However, if living in Austin doesn’t appeal to you as much, but you still want to stay near Austin — we’ve got you covered. We’ve created a list of the best cities near Austin, Texas you might consider living in.

The following list is ordered from most to least close to Austin’s downtown center for your convenience.

1. Buda

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 22.1
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 20 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: N/A
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 22 minutes via Old San Antonio Rd
  • One-bedroom Average Rent: $1,515
  • Two-bedroom Average Rent: $1,961
  • Population: 15,108
  • Median Household Income: $84,074
  • Walk Score: 55
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 43

Buda offers renters simple, solid rental options. There are many homes on the market; they stand alongside the town’s many apartment communities. Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find a home that suits your needs.

Whether you have a dog or are looking to add a furry, four-legged family member, Buda is the place to be. The town hosts an annual Wiener Dog Race, for goodness’s sake. You and your best pal will be in good hands in Buda, and you shouldn’t have a hard time finding a pet-friendly apartment.

If you’re unsure where to start your Buda apartment search, try Whispering Hollow for its close proximity to trails and other outdoor activities. If you prefer to search by apartment complex, Tuscany Park is as close to the action as you can get.

2. Hornsby Bend

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 11
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 25 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: N/A
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 5 minutes via FM 969 W
  • Median Rent: $1,733
  • Population: 12,168
  • Median Household Income: $66,033
  • Walk Score: N/A
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: N/A

Hornsby Bend offers the best of both worlds to anyone who can’t choose between the bustling city life and the quiet, quaint rural life. Whenever you get the urge to join Austin’s urbanites, you’ll be there in less than half an hour.

If you’re looking for something fun to do, you won’t find many entertainment options. That is, unless you’re into birding, as the town is home to the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory.

If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous and less solitary, take a short drive into Austin’s heart to find more entertainment. That said, most rental units in Hornsby Bend are houses, so you may be able to make your own fun in your massive backyard.

3. Wells Branch

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 14.9 miles
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 19 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 21 minutes via the 550 tram from Howard Station to Downtown Station.
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 19 minutes
  • Median Rent: $950
  • Population: 14,000
  • Median Household Income: $56,342
  • Walk Score: 49
  • Transit Score: 33
  • Bike Score: 41

Wells Branch, Austin was still a part of Mexico when Wayman and Mary Emily Wells settled in the area during the 1820s. During the Texas Revolution, Wayman Wells served as a spy for Texas settlers.

The residential-focused neighborhood offers family-friendly fun, green spaces, dining, and quick access to Downtown Austin. Wells Branch also has its own Greenbelt with six miles of hiking and biking trails.

Renters make up most of Wells Branch and live in low-rise and renovated buildings. Wells Branch enjoys a reputation for being affordable and convenient. Some newer apartments and duplexes are also available, with the majority of rentals situated near Hwy 35.

4. Pflugerville

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 18.2 miles
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 22 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 55 minutes via Howard/Center Line to Austin History Center Station
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 33 minutes
  • Median Rent: $1,510
  • Population: 65,191
  • Median Household Income: $95,471
  • Walk Score: 23
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 39

Pflugerville was founded in 1860 by a German settler named Henry Pfluger, who purchased 160 acres of land in the area. When the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad arrived in 1904, the area boomed and experienced waves of growth to the present day.

Pflugerville consistently ranks on lists for liveability, quality schools, and well-educated residents. The area is also seeing ongoing development, with an influx of mixed-use space, retail, restaurants, and even a tequila factory.

Older mid-rise complexes are less expensive in Pflugerville. You'll also find reasonably priced new apartment buildings near restaurants and amenities. If you want to live near green space, choose options near North East Metropolitan Park or Stoney Creek Park.

5. Round Rock

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 18.4
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 25 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: N/A
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 48 minutes via Metric Blvd
  • One-bedroom Average Rent: $1,471
  • Two-bedroom Average Rent: $1,756
  • Population: 119,468
  • Median Household Income: $86,121
  • Walk Score: 26
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 35

Living in Round Rock is a dream. With low median rent prices, a high median household income, and a decent urban environment, Round Rock offers a happy medium for those wanting to stay close to Austin without giving up daily access to city life.

One thing — if you’re looking to rent in the Round Rock rental market, you need to have started your apartment search, like, yesterday. This Austin suburb is in high demand, as its cozy, small community feel, proximity to Austin, and tons of entertainment options in the area are just what most renters are looking for.

Moreover, the many apartment complexes and communities in the area offer tons of amenities without the traditional exorbitant prices, in one of the best neighborhoods in Austin.

6. Cedar Park

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 19.3
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 30 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 40 minutes via the 214 bus with two transfers, including a rail line.
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 1 hour and 57 minutes via W Parmer Ln
  • One-bedroom Average Rent: $1,570
  • Two-bedroom Average Rent: $1,823
  • Population: 77,595
  • Median Household Income: $108,194
  • Walk Score: 26
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 40

Cedar Park is another small town with a majorly suburban vibe. You’ll find a mix of rental units in this town, with your choices ranging from standard units in apartment complexes and single-family houses on the rental market.

Though Cedar Park isn’t exactly a sprawling metropolis, it’s not a boring place to live. There are tons of fun events on the town’s calendar, including items like Jazz and Art on Main, Outdoor Storytime, a singing zoologist, and more.

Better yet, rent is quite affordable in Cedar Park, though you’ll spend quite a bit on transportation because you’ll need a car to get around town.

Cities Near Austin with Higher Commute Times

Don’t finalize your plans of moving to Austin just yet.

If your job doesn’t require you to stay in Austin or commute daily, you’ll have many more living options in one of the nearby cities and towns near Austin.

As remote work is expanding, it’s important to note that Austin is one of the most remote-friendly cities in the country. Whether you’re among the many writers, graphic designers, software developers, or in another remote-friendly position, you’ll be able to find a great apartment in one of the many excellent towns and cities near Austin.

Here are some cities and towns near Austin with higher commute times.

7. Leander

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 25.7
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 27 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 1 hour and 21 minutes via bus or tram from Leander Station to Downtown Austin
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 2 hours and 24 minutes
  • Median Rent: $800
  • Population: 59,202
  • Median Household Income: $106,108
  • Walk Score: 28
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 41

Leander was once called Baghdad after a settler's hometown in Tennessee. When the Austin and Northwest Railroad came through in 1881, Leander was a point of connection between Austin to Abilene and brought growth to the area.

Today, Leander is among the fastest-growing cities, offering natural attractions, a commuter rail, and business demand. Swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping are popular at Sandy Creek Park, while The Volente Beach Resort and Waterpark is popular among families and locals looking to beat the heat.

Leander is home to new apartment complexes, mid-rises, townhomes, and duplexes. You'll find options for new amenities, a swimming pool, and an on-site fitness center. Many of Leander's newer apartments are located along US Hwy-183 for convenient access to amenities and the rest of Austin.

8. Hutto

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 27.9
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 30 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 52 minutes via taxi or bike to line 550 tram to Downtown Station
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 2 hours and 28 minutes via Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail to Walnut Creek Trail
  • Median Rent: $1,549
  • Population: 27,577
  • Median Household Income: $87,333
  • Walk Score: 59
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 48

Hutto is part of the greater Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area located northeast of Austin. It was established when the International-Great Northern Railroad passed through in 1876. As the area settled, Swedish and German immigrants came to the area to farm and ranch.

Hutto is a cozy but quickly growing area with historic charm. The commercial historic district is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wide, open spaces are also plentiful and make it a popular place for young professionals and families.

The majority of apartments are on the west side of Hutto, convenient to I-30 and US-79. Choose from older complexes, renovated buildings, and new apartments with pools and updated amenities.

9. Georgetown

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 28.1
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 1 hour
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 2 hours and 20 minutes via the 1511 bus with a transfer to the 801 bus
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 2 hours and 40 minutes via N Mays St
  • Median Rent: $1,536
  • Population: 67,176
  • Median Household Income: $77,188
  • Walk Score: 23
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 35

Why move to Georgetown?

Like many other cities on this list, Georgetown offers a phenomenal mix between city living and small-town living. What sets Georgetown apart is its variety and affordability. Put simply, you have plenty of options when renting in Georgetown, and very few units will break the bank.

Though you’re looking at an hour commute to downtown Austin, you’ll rarely have to head out of town to get similar big-city vibes. Head to Georgetown’s busy downtown area, with its many historic buildings, family-owned businesses, and the unique air of a college town (Southwestern University is nearby!).

10. Marble Falls

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 49.1
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 1 hour
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 2 hours and 43 minutes via the 1512 bus with a transfer to the 4 bus
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 4 hours and 2 minutes via TX-71 E
  • Median Rent: $1,500
  • Population: 7,037
  • Median Household Income: $45,727
  • Walk Score: 51
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 32

Looking for a small town that’s not too far from Austin’s downtown center? Marble Falls fits the bill. With a little over 7,000 residents, Marble Falls isn’t a city by any means, but it offers public recreation opportunities that rival large cities.

Six is the magic number here — Marble Falls boasts six lakes, allowing you to boat, fish, swim, kayak, or partake in a more obscure water sport. Other than the incredible lakes, there are some restaurants, shops, vineyards, and parks that can keep you entertained in your free time.

That said, you may not have a ton of options in Marble Falls when it comes to rental homes. There are some apartment communities and houses on the market, but not much else.

11. New Braunfels

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 49.1
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: N/A
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 4 hours and 21 minutes via S Congress Ave
  • One-bedroom Average Rent: $1,276
  • Two-bedroom Average Rent: $1,498
  • Population: 90,403
  • Median Household Income: $71,274
  • Walk Score: 25
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 32

In New Braunfels, residents enjoy visiting the country’s best water park, hitting the streets during local festivals, and taking short drives to nearby major cities like Austin. However, residents primarily enjoy activities that allow them to take advantage of the town’s warm weather.

If you’re lucky, you might even find an apartment with a lake view or even one with a BBQ area. Just be aware that you’ll likely pay extra for these amenities, but not too much!

Like many of the options on this list, you’ll be able to rent an entire home in the New Braunfels. It’s the perfect opportunity to rent with roommates and save big. As rent prices are very low in the city, you can spend as low as $475 a month renting a three-bedroom house with roommates.

12. Temple

  • Miles Away from Downtown Austin: 67.7
  • Commute Time to Austin via Car: 1 hour
  • Commute Time to Austin via Bus/Train: 2 hours and 4 minutes via the Texas Eagle rail line and 25 minutes of walking
  • Commute time to Austin via Bike: 6 hours and 42 minutes
  • Median Rent: $1,194$889
  • Population: 82,07378,439
  • Median Household Income: $53,72354,873
  • Walk Score: 2931
  • Transit Score: N/A
  • Bike Score: 3638

Temple is one of Texas’s older cities, with a rich history contributing to its reputation as a medical mecca. Temple’s most significant economic driver is its medical centers throughout the city and Temple College. That’s a large part of the reason that Temple ranks as one of the best places to live in Texas.

If you’re renting in Temple, start by narrowing down your neighborhood choices. The northwest neighborhood has a ton of options and is wildly affordable. Better yet, the new development in the area means you’ll find more modern housing options.

If you prefer less competition and don’t mind spending a bit more, check out the South neighborhood. It’s comprised of some of the best and most affordable rental units in the city. That said, you’ll be in fierce competition with other prospective renters in the area.

Finding the Best City Nearby Austin for You

The cities and towns around Austin, Texas, offer the benefits of Austin while expanding your living options. In short, you’ll be able to find an apartment that’s best for you and your needs.

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Davina Ward is a contributing author at Apartment List and freelance writer specializing in real estate and digital marketing. She received her B. Read More
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