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Beebe, Arkansas
Flag of Beebe, Arkansas
Official seal of Beebe, Arkansas
Location of Beebe in White County, Arkansas.
Location of Beebe in White County, Arkansas.
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Coordinates: 35°4′17″N 91°53′31″W / 35.07139°N 91.89194°W / 35.07139; -91.89194Coordinates: 35°4′17″N 91°53′31″W / 35.07139°N 91.89194°W / 35.07139; -91.89194
Country United States
State Arkansas
County White
 • Total 10.25 sq mi (26.56 km2)
 • Land 10.14 sq mi (26.27 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
246 ft (75 m)
 • Total 8,437
 • Density 831.72/sq mi (321.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-04600
GNIS feature ID 0081843

Beebe is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,315 at the 2010 U.S. Census, making it the second most populous in the county. The city is home to Arkansas State University-Beebe. ASU-Beebe also has branch campuses in Heber Springs and Searcy and at Little Rock Air Force Base.


It was named for Roswell Beebe, a railroad executive responsible for bringing the rail line that runs through the city. Beebe was incorporated in 1875.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 428
1900 904
1910 873 −3.4%
1920 995 14.0%
1930 1,108 11.4%
1940 1,189 7.3%
1950 1,192 0.3%
1960 1,697 42.4%
1970 2,805 65.3%
1980 3,599 28.3%
1990 4,455 23.8%
2000 4,930 10.7%
2010 7,315 48.4%
2020 8,437 15.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,315 people, 1,930 households, and 1,397 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,142.1 people per square mile (440.6/km2). There were 2,115 housing units at an average density of 490.0 per square mile (189.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.87% White, 5.86% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 1.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,930 households, out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,252, and the median income for a family was $41,307. Males had a median income of $31,143 versus $20,881 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,989. About 6.6% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.


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Street signs in downtown Beebe

Beebe is served by three main U.S. highways, US 64, US 67, and US 167. US 64 connects Beebe with the growing city of Conway, located 35 miles (56 km) west of Beebe. From Conway, US 64 meets I-40, which provides access to Fort Smith. U.S. 67/167 is a four-lane freeway that connects Beebe with Little Rock to the southwest and with Searcy, Newport, and Walnut Ridge to the northeast. At Exit 28, US 64 joins US 67/167 as it goes northeast to Bald Knob where it branches off of US 67 and goes east to Wynne and eventually West Memphis in eastern Arkansas. Additionally, U.S. Route 67B starts from just east of US 67/US 167 at Exit 28 and goes east into downtown Beebe and then north from downtown Beebe back to US 64/US 67/US 167 as it is a concurrent highway with Arkansas Highway 31 (North Main Street). Beebe is also served by Arkansas Highway 367 (DeWitt Henry Drive), which is a former alignment of US 67 prior to the building of the US 67/US 167 freeway. Just outside the city limits of Beebe, the rural areas are served by Highway 321, Highway 267, and Highway 13. Just like many towns in central and north central Arkansas, Beebe was formed near a railroad and the Union Pacific railroad tracks traverse through the south and east portions of town. The city of Searcy has the nearest airport, as the Searcy Regional Airport is located 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Beebe. Passenger service is available at Clinton National Airport, approximately 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Beebe on the east side of the city of Little Rock.


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Beebe High School

The city's education corridor is among the most prominent aspects in Beebe, with the city's public schools grouped in an extensive campus situated across the street from Arkansas State University Beebe. Significant additions have been made to the campus since January 1999, when a powerful tornado destroyed nearly complete new school buildings and historic residential areas surrounding the downtown area. The public school district grew in 2004 when schools from nearby McRae were consolidated into the district, which today serves most of southwestern and south-central White County — proceeding westward to El Paso, eastward to Garner, and to other communities in between. Beebe's district also includes the headquarters of a four-county educational service cooperative named for noted former U.S. Representative Wilbur Mills, and located on the city's Main Street.

Public education is supported by the Beebe School District consisting of:

  • Beebe High School (9-12)
  • Beebe Junior High School (7-8)
  • Beebe Middle School (5-6)
  • Beebe Elementary School (1-4)
  • Badger Elementary (2-4)
  • Beebe Early Childhood School (KG-1)
  • Badger Academy (7-12 alternative school)

Privately run day care and preschool services are also available in Beebe. In addition, Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in eastern Beebe provides religious-based K-12 and post-secondary education.

Founded as the Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas in 1927, Arkansas State University Beebe's campus has evolved and grown to become a center for long-distance learning and technical trade programs in central Arkansas. The school has been affiliated with the Arkansas State University System since 1955. State Hall, the campus' administration building constructed in 1949, is among both the oldest buildings on the campus and in Beebe's educational community. In the fall of 2005, ASU-Beebe had the second highest enrollment among Arkansas's two-year colleges and universities, trailing only Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. ASU-Beebe today is the parent campus to branch campuses in Searcy (at the former Foothills Vocational-Technical Institute) and Heber Springs, and an educational center inside Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Notable people

  • Howard B. Gist, Sr., attorney in Alexandria, Louisiana, president of the Louisiana Bar Association 1946–1947, member of the Red River, Atchafalaya, and Bayou Boeuf Levee District, born in Beebe in 1882
  • John Russell Payton, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 64; an automobile dealer in Beebe
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