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Bearden, Arkansas
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Location of Bearden in Ouachita County, Arkansas.
Location of Bearden in Ouachita County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Ouachita
Area
 • Total 1.61 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Land 1.61 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
240 ft (73 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 776
 • Density 480.79/sq mi (185.66/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−06:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
71720
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-04420
GNIS feature ID 0046250

Bearden is a city in Ouachita County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 966 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Bearden is located at 33°43′34″N 92°37′3″W / 33.72611°N 92.61750°W / 33.72611; -92.61750 (33.725975, -92.617465).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 341
1910 439 28.7%
1920 687 56.5%
1930 1,147 67.0%
1940 961 −16.2%
1950 1,300 35.3%
1960 1,268 −2.5%
1970 1,272 0.3%
1980 1,191 −6.4%
1990 1,021 −14.3%
2000 1,125 10.2%
2010 966 −14.1%
2020 776 −19.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Bearden racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 402 51.8%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 290 37.37%
Native American 1 0.13%
Asian 5 0.64%
Pacific Islander 1 0.13%
Other/Mixed 49 6.31%
Hispanic or Latino 28 3.61%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 776 people, 392 households, and 248 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 966 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 58.7% White, 32.5% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian and 2.5% from two or more races. 5.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary students is provided by the Bearden School District, which includes:

  • Bearden Elementary School, serving kindergarten through grade 6.
  • Bearden High School, serving grades 7 through 12.

Notable People

  • Marion H. Crank, politician, born in Bearden in 1915
  • Reverend Dr. James H. Cone (1938–2018), Father of Black Liberation Theology, distinguished professor of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York for 50 years, raised in Bearden, Arkansas.
  • Dr. William C. Lindsey, internationally known expert in the field of Communication Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE, born in Bearden in 1936.
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