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Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Location of Bull Shoals in Marion County, Arkansas.
Location of Bull Shoals in Marion County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Marion
 • Total 4.97 sq mi (12.87 km2)
 • Land 4.90 sq mi (12.70 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
801 ft (244 m)
 • Total 1,952
 • Density 398.20/sq mi (153.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-09790
GNIS feature ID 0076463

Bull Shoals is a city in Marion County, Arkansas, United States, founded in 1954. The population was 1,950 at the 2010 census. Primarily a retirement and vacation center, Bull Shoals is bordered in three directions by the clear, deep, man-made Bull Shoals Lake.


The town was created by real estate developers C. S. Woods and C. S. Woods Jr. and officially established in 1954. Bull Shoals Dam is the threshold into the town from the southeast.

Bull Shoals Dam and the town of Bull Shoals developed together. The developers bought several tracts of the former Newton Flat settlement when they heard the government planned to build a flood-control and power-generating concrete dam at the site. Construction of the dam took four years, between 1947 and 1951, resulting in one of the largest dams built in the nation at that time.


Bull Shoals is located at 36°22′51″N 92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556 (36.380815, -92.585609).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.0 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.00%) is water.

  • Arkansas 178.svg Highway 178 Is the only highway and only major road in and out of Bull Shoals, AR., which the highway enters just off of the Bull Shoal Dam which begins the Bull Shoals Lake from the White River near the Arkansas Missouri border.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 268
1970 430 60.4%
1980 1,312 205.1%
1990 1,534 16.9%
2000 2,000 30.4%
2010 1,950 −2.5%
2020 1,952 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Bull Shoals racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,779 91.14%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5 0.26%
Native American 9 0.46%
Asian 8 0.41%
Other/Mixed 96 4.92%
Hispanic or Latino 55 2.82%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,952 people, 951 households, and 572 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,950 people, 1,014 households, and 650 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.0 people per square mile (155.7/km2). There were 1,226 housing units at an average density of 247.0 per square mile (95.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.05% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,014 households, out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.39.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 11.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 16.1% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 38.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,139, and the median income for a family was $34,219. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $16,950 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,636. About 9.1% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Bull Shoals has been honored as an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year for five years.

Liquidforce and Brostock 2010 chose Bull Shoals as the location of their professional wakeboarding tournament in July 2010 and June 2011. The lake has also hosted numerous professional Bass and Walleye fishing tournaments over the years. Additionally, the city co-hosts the annual HillBilly Chili Cookoff selecting Arkansas' Best Chili to compete internationally in the International Chili Society competitions.

Notable person

  • Loren P. Thompson, Minnesota state legislator and resort owner, lived in Bull Shoals; Thompson also served as mayor of Bull Shoals.

See also

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