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Batesville, Arkansas
Josephine Street in the fall
Josephine Street in the fall
Location of Batesville in Independence County, Arkansas.
Location of Batesville in Independence County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Independence
Founded 1821
Incorporated 1822
 • Total 11.71 sq mi (30.33 km2)
 • Land 11.60 sq mi (30.03 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.30 km2)
338 ft (103 m)
 • Total 11,191
 • Density 965.16/sq mi (372.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
72501, 72503
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-04030
GNIS feature ID 0076245
Website Official Website for the City of Batesville, Arkansas:

Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas, United States, 80 miles (183 km) northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 10,268. The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and Northeast Arkansas.


Lyon tower
Lyon College

Batesville is the second oldest municipality in the state of Arkansas, after Georgetown. It was named for the first territorial delegate from Arkansas to the Congress of the United States, James Woodson Bates, who settled in the town. The town has also gone by the names of Napoleon and Poke Bayou.

In early days, Batesville was an important port on the White River and served as an entry point to the interior of northern Arkansas. Batesville played a large role in the settling of the Ozark Mountains region and served as the central land office for northern Arkansas.

The first known settlement of the Batesville area was in 1810 near the mouth of Polk Bayou, and by 1819 the town had a ferry across the White River and about a dozen houses. The town was partially laid out in early 1821, and on March 3, 1822 a bill of assurrance was recorded and executed and the town's plat was laid out. Batesville became the county seat in 1821. In January 1822, Judge Richard Searcy opened the town's first state circuit court. The town's first post office was established in 1822, and in 1830 became the home of a county court. On 25 September 1836, shortly after Arkansas was granted its statehood, Governor Conway incorporated Batesville Academy, the state's first academy. In the past, the area in and around the city had extensive quarries of manganese ore, phosphate rock, sandstone, limestone, and marble.

Batesville currently has only one high school within the city limits, Batesville High School. Also, Batesville is the home of Lyon College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and noted for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival each spring. In addition, the city is home to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), and NASCAR driver Mark Martin. It contains three National Register Historic Districts and many properties separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in Norman Crampton's 1992 book The 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranking at #75.


Batesville is located at 35°46′25″N 91°38′29″W / 35.77361°N 91.64139°W / 35.77361; -91.64139 (35.773488, -91.641338). Batesville lies on the White River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.11 square miles (28.8 km2), of which 10.98 square miles (28.4 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.3 km2) (0.12%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 848
1860 920 8.5%
1870 881 −4.2%
1880 1,264 43.5%
1890 2,150 70.1%
1900 2,327 8.2%
1910 3,399 46.1%
1920 4,299 26.5%
1930 4,484 4.3%
1940 5,267 17.5%
1950 6,414 21.8%
1960 6,207 −3.2%
1970 7,209 16.1%
1980 8,447 17.2%
1990 9,187 8.8%
2000 9,445 2.8%
2010 10,248 8.5%
2020 11,191 9.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Batesville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 7,807 69.76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 479 4.28%
Native American 39 0.35%
Asian 222 1.98%
Pacific Islander 12 0.11%
Other/Mixed 529 4.73%
Hispanic or Latino 2,103 18.79%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,191 people, 3,985 households, and 2,448 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,243 people, 3,777 households, and 2,383 families residing in the city. The population density was 907.3 people per square mile (350.3/km2). There were 4,146 housing units at an average density of 398.3 per square mile (153.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.2% White, 4.3% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 4.6% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 3,777 households, out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,133, and the median income for a family was $42,634. Males had a median income of $31,068 versus $20,506 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,753. About 11.1% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


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

  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Batesville (Independence County)


Batesville Public Schools are part of the Batesville School District, Arkansas. The district has one early learning center, one junior high school, one high school and three elementary schools. Students attend Batesville High School.


List Of highways

  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 25.svg Arkansas Highway 25
  • Arkansas 69.svg Arkansas Highway 69
  • Arkansas 69B.svg Arkansas Highway 69 Business
  • Arkansas 106.svg Arkansas Highway 106
  • Arkansas 233.svg Arkansas Highway 233
  • Arkansas 394.svg Arkansas Highway 394

Notable people

  • Elisha Baxter, thirteenth governor of Arkansas
  • Monroe L. Flinn, Illinois state representative
  • Ryan Mallett, quarterback for Arkansas Razorbacks and NFL's Baltimore Ravens, born in Batesville
  • Mark Martin, NASCAR driver, born and raised in Batesville
  • Mike McQueen, lived in Batesville after retiring from Major League Baseball and died in Batesville in 2017
  • James McLean, Democrat former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Independence County
  • William R. Miller, first native-born governor of Arkansas, born in Batesville 1823
  • Rick Monday, Major League Baseball player and Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, born in Batesville
  • Mutha's Day Out, 1990s rock band
  • Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General
  • Sami Jo, country singer
  • Charlie Strong, football head coach at University of South Florida, former Texas and Louisville coach
  • James Sturch, Republican member of Arkansas House of Representatives for Independence County since 2015

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