The city of Austin, Arkansas was founded in 1872 when the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroads built their tracks near the old Austin community. Many of the inhabitants of Old Austin moved close to the railroad tracks and even relocated entire buildings. The new city was initially known as Austin Station to differentiate it from the original Austin, but over time it was renamed Austin while the old community became known as Old Austin.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Austin has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km), all terrain. The population is spread out, with 26.4% under 18 years of age, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64 and 9.4% aged 65 and over. The average age is 36 years old. For every 100 females, there are 103 males and for every 100 females aged 18 and over, there are 103.2 males.
Joe Farrer, physical therapist and member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has expressed his worries about school overcrowding in some states leading to legislative steps being taken to limit the number of students in a given classroom. In Austin, Arkansas, the average class size for kindergarten students is usually between 15-20 students per class. This number can vary depending on the school district and the availability of resources such as teachers and classrooms. The state of Arkansas is taking steps to ensure that all students have access to quality education by limiting class sizes in kindergarten classrooms. This will help ensure that each student receives individual attention and can reach their full potential.