Lifestyle & Community

Welcome to Lockhart!

Though we may be located near the Austin metro, Lockhart is the epitome of small-town living. We’re the “next frontier” of the Austin MSA, independent of Austin’s sky-high prices and have plenty of room to grow. Our residents are authentic and take a laid-back approach to life, giving Lockhart its character and diverse culture and filling our community with a warm, welcoming atmosphere where anyone will feel at home! 

Big-City Possibilities Without Big-City Costs

With a crime rate lower than the metro, state and national benchmarks, a low cost of living, and median home prices that’ll make you hold onto your hat, you can enjoy a relaxed, small-town life filled with big-city possibilities.

Cost of living 91 compared to national base of 100
Cost of Housing index is 28% lower than the US average
Median Home Price: $171k - lowest in the Austin MSA

A Friendly Place to Live and do Business

We love welcoming new residents and businesses to Lockhart! In our business-friendly small town, you’ll find a slower-pace of life where neighbors and strangers greet each other with a smile and businesses work hand-in-hand to help one another. In Lockhart, we support each other through close-knit friendships and community collaboration.

Featured in "18 Cities that Must Be Seen in 2018”
- Expedia

From our iconic courthouse built in 1894 and historic 19th century facades lining the downtown square to our many beautiful Victorian era homes and serene outdoor spaces, Lockhart offers an authentically Texas experience. 

BBQ Capital of Texas

Chow down on world-famous BBQ at one of our award-winning restaurants: Smitty’s Market, Chisholm Trail BBQ, Black’s Barbecue, Kreuz's Market, Terry Black's BBQ, and Barbs B Que on the square for a unique experience in each place.

Food & Dining

Take in a fine-dining experience at Lockhart Bistro, or enjoy a meal at some of our many unique eateries such as Loop and Lil’s Pizza, Little Trouble, Old Pal Tavern, and Commerce Cafe, experience The Culinary Room, our local gourmet food market and bakery, or enjoy a beverage at The Pearl. 

Parks & Rec

Spend time in nature camping, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and golfing at Lockhart State Park, or enjoy the day at one of the many other nearby state parks or one of our city parks.

And Even More Options...

Browse our array of boutiques and specialty shops.

Shop a number of unique antique stores.

Take in a little Texas history at The Caldwell County Jail. 

Catch a classic flick or entertaining theatrical production at Gaslight-Baker Theatre.

Enjoy unique art exhibits at Commerce Gallery, Soundwaves Art Gallery, and Spellerberg Projects Gallery. 

Take a quick trip on into Austin for a night on the town!