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South Lamar

Businesses along S. Lamar Boulevard
Businesses along S. Lamar Boulevard
Country United States
State Texas
City Austin
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
Area code(s) 512, 737

South Lamar, Austin, Texas is a neighborhood in south Austin, Texas, United States.

South Lamar is bounded by Ben White Boulevard/TX-71 and Westgate to the south, South Lamar Boulevard and Barton Hills and Galindo to the east.

Homes in South Austin have single family homes, apartment complexes, multi-family homes and condo complexes. Most of the multi-family residences are duplexes that were built in the 1980s. Because of this high concentration of duplexes, renters make up over 70% of the community making this a hotbed for investors.

The Broken Spoke, a legendary dance hall founded in 1964, still features live music nightly. Owner James White had a reputation for booking local acts and "outlaw" bands that had gained notoriety by rebelling against the mainstream Nashville sound. Leading this brigade were Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Such Texas favorites as the Dixie Chicks and George Strait also played the Broken Spoke when they were just starting out.


According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of South Lamar was 8,821 as of 2009. Population density per square mile is 6,253, triple figure for Austin at large. Approximately 55% white, 35% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian. Median household income is $39,319, and average estimated value of detached houses in 2009 was $213,391.


South Lamar is served by the Austin Independent School District:

  • Zilker Elementary School
  • O. Henry Middle School
  • Austin High School

Public transportation

Capital Metro MetroRapid Route 803 traverses South Congress Avenue providing express service to the rest of the city. Specifically, the route has stops at Barton Springs, Lamar Square, Oltorf West, Bluebonnet, Broken Spoke, and Brodie Oaks stations. Westgate Transit Center (the terminus of Route 803) at Ben White Boulevard also provides connection to other bus routes in the area.

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