Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Profile

Demographics

 Between the 1990 and 2000 Census, the City of Austin experienced a twenty- nine percent (29%) increase in population— almost 200,000 people. During the same time, the population of the Upper Boggy Creek (UBC) Neighborhood Planning Area grew by a modest twelve percent (12%) or 684 people.Total population of Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Planning Area and City of Austin

UBC

City of Austin

Total population in 1990

5,004

465,622

Total population in 2000

5,688

656,562

Percent Increase

+12%

+29%

Source: 1990 and 2000 Census

Ethnicity in UBC Planning AreaBetween the 1990 and 2000 census, the UBC Neighborhood Planning Area saw a decline in the African-American population of nine percent (9%). The Hispanic population increased by seven percent (7%). This trend reflects changes that occurred in other parts of central East Austin during the same period. The other ethnic and racial groups saw only minor changes during the same ten years.

Even though the African-American population in UBC declined during the 1990s it is still proportionately larger relative to the rest of the Austin— eighteen percent (18%) compared to ten percent (10%). The increase in the Hispanic population during the same decade still leaves the percentage in UBC lower than the City at large— twenty percent (20%) compared to thirty-one percent (31%).

The planning area is largely built out, with only three percent (3%) undeveloped land remaining. This may explain why its population grew at a much lower rate than the City of Austin’s between 1990 and 2000.

UBC Age Breakdown

Age 17 and under:

15%

Age 18-24:

17%

Age 25-34:

29%

Age 35 to 44:

15%

Age 45 to 54:

11%

Age 55 to 64:

4%

Age 65 to 84:

8%

Age 85+:

1%

Source: 2000 Census

Nevertheless, the planning area did gain 684 people between 1990 and 2000. The largest gains were occurred in the 25- to 34-year old age cohort. This group is also the largest and accounts for nearly a third of all the people in the planning area. The next largest group is the 18- to 24-year old age cohort that composes seventeen percent (17%) of the total UBC planning area population. When taken together, these two groups represent nearly fifty percent (50%) of the people in the planning area.

The relatively young population is likely attributable to the planning area’s proximity to the University of Texas. There are two areas within the planning area with large concentrations of young people. The first is along Manor Road and the large number of apartment that primarily cater to the student population. The second is the three street area of two-story duplexes adjacent to Maplewood Elementary School— “Duplex Nation”. This group is also dispersed throughout the southern part of the Cherrywood neighborhood.

Household Composition in the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Planning Area

Total Population

Total Households

Family Households

Non-Family Households

Family Households (Partners/ Married/Parent- Child/Relatives)

Non-Family Households (Singles/Room- mates/Boarders )

Upper Boggy Creek

5,688

2,689

1,070

1,619

40%

60%

Source: 1990 and 2000 Census

The large number of young people in the planning area may also contribute to the smaller number of families. Of the 2,689 households in the planning area, only forty percent (40%) are composed of families. The remaining sixty percent (60%) live in single apartments or share an apartment, house or duplex with non-family members.

Two percent (2%) of the land in the planning area is used for multi-family (approximately 500 apartment units or a little under twenty percent (20%) of the total number of housing units), while fifty-two percent (52%) is used for single- family. This would indicate that many of these non-family households are located in single–family rental units. This is further borne out in the percentage of total rental units in the planning area— fifty-five percent (55%) rental compared to forty-five percent (45%) owner-occupied.

Household Occupancy in the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Planning Area and City of Austin

Total Population

Total Housing Units

Vacant Housing Units

Owner Occupied Units

Renter Occupied Units

Average Household Size

Average Person per Acre

Upper Boggy Creek

5,688

2776

87

45%

55 %

2.1

4

*Austin Urban Core

349,062

148,801

5,685

33%

67%

2.3

7.0

Source: 1990 and 2000 Census *See map on page 8.

Existing Land Use Comparison between the UBC Planning Area, the Urban Core and the City of Austin

Upper Boggy Creek

Urban Core

Citywide

Single Family

52%

27%

23%

Multifamily

2%

7%

4%

Commercial

3%

7%

4%

Office

2%

3%

3%

Industrial

1%

8%

5%

Civic

3%

7%

5%

Open Space

4%

5%

15%

Transportation

29%

21%

18%

Undeveloped

3%

13%

18%

Other

0%

1%

6%

Source: 2000 Land Use Survey, TPSD, City of Austin

*The boundaries of the urban core are Braker Lane to the north, 183/Ed Bluestein and Dessau Road/Cameron Road to the east, Stassney Lane to the south, and MOPAC/Loop 1 to the west. See map on page 8.

The Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Planning Area is largely a single-family neighborhood. The majority of land use, fifty-two percent (52%) or approximately 370 acres is dedicated to single-family use. This is more than twice the percentage for the rest of Austin. Transportation is the use with second greatest acreage demands in the planning area. Twenty-nine percent (29%) or a little more than 200 acres is dedicated to sidewalks, roadways, and railroad tracks and is ten percent greater than the rest of Austin.

As mentioned earlier in this section, the amount of undeveloped land is very small and does not provide much opportunity for new development. Currently only three percent of the planing area is used for commercial and two percent for office and multi-family. To provide greater opportunities for these types of uses, mixed use has been recommended liberally throughout the planning area, particularly along MLK Boulevard, Manor Road, and East 38th 1?2 Street.

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