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Austin, TX is home to a variety of public and private health care organizations and facilities. The city provides a wide range of medical services, including access to local hospitals, medical clinics, and other specialty care centers. With a population of over two million people, Austin has the ability to provide comprehensive medical care for residents throughout the area. Local hospitals include UT Southwestern University Hospital at Seton Medical Center Austin and St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, offering specialized care in many areas such as cancer treatment, cardiology, orthopedics, and more. Additionally, there are several community health centers that offer preventive health services for low-income patients who cannot afford health insurance or are unable to pay out-of-pocket costs. Many of these facilities also provide mental health services and substance abuse treatment programs to help address the needs of vulnerable populations in the area. Overall, the city of Austin is well-equipped with high quality healthcare resources that can serve the diverse needs of its citizens.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 229 physicians per 100,000 population in Austin. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Austin area is 92.3 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

92.3 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Austin area is 80 (100=best). The US average is 55.

80 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Austin area is 99 (100=best). The US average is 87.

99 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Austin commutes 24.1 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Austin area is 58 (100=best). The US average is 58.

58 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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Good place to visit.  More

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Austin is too expensive. Let's get that out of the way. Other than that it is a fun city. Ladybird Lake makes the city, imo. The ability to stand up paddle, kayak, walk  More

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The city continues to grow quickly, which a lot of people don't like. I get it, you fall in love with a city, and it's growing so fast that you don't recognize the same  More

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