Founded in 1865, many lovely houses were built in the area and it once resembled its western neighbor, Oak Park.
See some of the area that is still beautiful at Austin Historic District.
Austin was 99.83% white in the 1960 census–a solidly middle-class neighborhood. In the late 1960s, due to the 1968 West Side riots and block-busting, many of the white residents moved away and African-Americans moved into the area.
See more information on the area’s history in Wikipedia Article on Austin or Encyclopedia of Chicago History.
Forty percent of the residents are high school drop-outs.
See more statistics at Austin Neighborhood Data.
The Poverty Level for children 0-5 is 41%. See Austin line in
Census Poverty Level Figures.
For charts giving more information on Austin, see Informational Charts About Austin.
Most of Austin has some gang activity and high crime rates. Many of the young men end up in prison and cannot find jobs when they are released. One of every five inmates released on parole end up on the West Side of Chicago. Parolee Influx and No State Funding for Aid
This is our community.
See Also: Austin Community