DATA: Austin household incomes have increased by 30% in five years, while population growth continues to outpaces state levels

A view of Downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
A view of Downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

A view of Downtown Austin from Lady Bird Lake. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2014-19 on Dec. 10, with data showing the latest estimates for city populations, local income and other demographics. According to the census, data is used by local officials and communities to best plan for future changes.

In the city of Austin and Travis County overall, population growth continues to surpass growth across the state, while the percentage of residents with high school and college degrees also exceeds the rest of the state.

The following charts compare Austin data to Travis County as well as the state overall.

Local population estimates

In the city of Austin, estimates show that the population has grown to 950,807, an 10.02% increase in the five years since 2014. That compares to 8.31% growth in Texas over that same period.

Population by age


The following data shows how the city of Austin's population is divided up based on age, compared to Travis County and the state of Texas.

Median household income

The median income of a household in Austin has increased by 29.63% over the past five years, with households making an estimated $71,576 in the 2019 data.

High school and college education

Almost 90% of individuals 25 years and older in the Austin area have received a high school diploma, almost 7% more than residents across the state.

While 29.9% of individuals in that same age bracket in Texas have graduated from college, that number surpassed 50% in Austin in 2019, according to the census data.

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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