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Black Oak, Arkansas
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Location of Black Oak in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Location of Black Oak in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Craighead
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.08 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
230 ft (70 m)
 • Total 233
 • Density 557.42/sq mi (215.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-06610
GNIS feature ID 0076365

Black Oak is a town in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 262 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Black Oak is the namesake of 1970s rock band Black Oak Arkansas and the setting of John Grisham's novel A Painted House.


Black Oak is located in eastern Craighead County at 35°50′11″N 90°22′3″W / 35.83639°N 90.36750°W / 35.83639; -90.36750 (35.836510, -90.367504). It is 20 miles (32 km) east of Jonesboro, the county seat, and 4 miles (6 km) south of Monette.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all land.

List of highways

  • Arkansas 18.svg Highway 18
  • Arkansas 135.svg Highway 135
  • Arkansas 148.svg Highway 148


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 302
1940 329 8.9%
1950 261 −20.7%
1960 220 −15.7%
1970 272 23.6%
1980 309 13.6%
1990 277 −10.4%
2000 286 3.2%
2010 262 −8.4%
2020 233 −11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 286 people, 120 households, and 81 families residing in the town. The population density was 641.3 inhabitants per square mile (245.4/km2). There were 132 housing units at an average density of 296.0 per square mile (113.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.55% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.70% from other races. 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 120 households, out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,353, and the median income for a family was $32,917. Males had a median income of $26,042 versus $20,833 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,237. 17.5% of the population and 10.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 27.1% of those under the age of 18 and 16.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Other communities named "Black Oak"

There are two other, smaller, communities in Arkansas named Black Oak. One is in Washington County about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Fayetteville. The other is in Poinsett County about 5 miles (8 km) south of Marked Tree. The DeLorme atlas of Arkansas suggests these two hamlets are little more than crossroads.


Notable people

Black Oak is the hometown of the founding members of the 1970s Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas.

John Grisham attended first grade at Black Oak Elementary School for one semester, and his novel A Painted House is set in Black Oak and the surrounding area.

See also

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