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Coordinates: 34°16′27″N 91°23′02″W / 34.27417°N 91.38389°W / 34.27417; -91.38389

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Arkansas County
Map of Arkansas highlighting Arkansas County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded December 13, 1813
Named for Arkansas tribe
Seat Stuttgart (north district);
De Witt (south district)
Largest city Stuttgart
 • Total 1,034 sq mi (2,680 km2)
 • Land 989 sq mi (2,560 km2)
 • Water 45 sq mi (120 km2)  4.4%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Arkansas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,019. The county has two county seats, De Witt and Stuttgart. The first of the state's 75 present-day counties to be created, Arkansas County was formed on December 13, 1813, when this area was part of the Missouri Territory, and is named after the Arkansas Indian tribe.

Arkansas County is one of seven current-day counties in the United States to share the same name as the state they are located in (the other six counties are Hawaii County, Idaho County, Iowa County, New York County, Oklahoma County, and Utah County).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,034 square miles (2,680 km2), of which 989 square miles (2,560 km2) is land and 45 square miles (120 km2) (4.4%) is water. It is the third-largest county in Arkansas by area.

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National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,426
1840 1,346 −5.6%
1850 3,245 141.1%
1860 8,844 172.5%
1870 8,268 −6.5%
1880 8,038 −2.8%
1890 11,432 42.2%
1900 12,973 13.5%
1910 16,103 24.1%
1920 21,483 33.4%
1930 22,300 3.8%
1940 24,437 9.6%
1950 23,665 −3.2%
1960 23,355 −1.3%
1970 23,347 0.0%
1980 24,175 3.5%
1990 21,653 −10.4%
2000 20,749 −4.2%
2010 19,019 −8.3%
Est. 2015 18,433 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Arkansas County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Arkansas County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 20,749 people, 8,457 households, and 5,970 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 9,672 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.19% White, 23.36% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,457 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 13.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,316, and the median income for a family was $36,472. Males had a median income of $28,914 versus $21,127 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,401. About 14.10% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.80% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010 Arkansas County had a population of 19019 people. The racial makeup was 71.04% Non-Hispanic white, 24.51% black, 0.2% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% Non-Hispanics reporting some other race, 1.18% Non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 2.70% Hispanic or Latino.

In 2000, the largest denominational group was the Evangelical Protestants (with 10,229 adherents) and Mainline Protestants (with 3,593 adherents). The largest religious bodies were The Southern Baptist Convention (with 5,103 members) and The United Methodist Church (with 2,750 members).


Major highways

  • US 79.svg US Route 79
  • US 165.svg US Route 165
  • Arkansas 1.svg State Route 1
  • Arkansas 11.svg State Route 11
  • Arkansas 17.svg State Route 17
  • Arkansas 33.svg State Route 33


Almyra Municipal Airport is a public-use airport located in Arkansas County. It is three nautical miles (6 km) west of the central business district of Almyra, which owns the airport.





Arkansas County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Arkansas County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Arkansas County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

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