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Austin, Indiana
City of Austin
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Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Scott
Township Jennings
 • Total 2.58 sq mi (6.68 km2)
 • Land 2.58 sq mi (6.68 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
558 ft (170 m)
 • Total 4,295
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,664.7/sq mi (642.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code 812
FIPS code 18-02800
GNIS ID 430350

Austin is a city in Jennings Township, Scott County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 4,272 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town; Austin became a city on January 1, 2008. The population was 4,295 at the 2010 census.


Austin was platted in 1853, and named after Austin, Texas. A post office has been in operation at Austin since 1854.

In 2015, press reports indicated the city was the center of an outbreak of HIV caused by the use of Opana as an injectable recreational drug. The outbreak required emergency action by state officials.


Austin is located at 38°44′32.50″N 85°48′16.50″W / 38.7423611°N 85.8045833°W / 38.7423611; -85.8045833 (38.742361°,-85.804583°).

According to the 2010 census, Austin has a total area of 2.58 square miles (6.68 km2), all land, give or take a few ponds and lakes.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Austin has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 321
1880 270 −15.9%
1950 2,906
1960 3,838 32.1%
1970 4,902 27.7%
1980 4,857 −0.9%
1990 4,310 −11.3%
2000 4,724 9.6%
2010 4,295 −9.1%
2015 (est.) 4,158 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 4,295 people, 1,674 households, and 1,178 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,664.7 inhabitants per square mile (642.7/km2). There were 1,908 housing units at an average density of 739.5 per square mile (285.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 1,674 households of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.6% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 36.7 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

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