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Calion, Arkansas
Location of Calion in Union County, Arkansas.
Location of Calion in Union County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Union
 • Total 1.30 sq mi (3.38 km2)
 • Land 1.07 sq mi (2.78 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 429
 • Density 400.19/sq mi (154.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-10600
GNIS feature ID 0057494

Calion is a second-class city in Union County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 494 at the 2010 census.


Ouachita River Lock and Dam No. 8
The Ouachita River Lock and Dam No. 8, south-east of Calion, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The town grew around the Ouachita River Lock and Dam, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1916. It was incorporated in 1921 and named Calion after the first three letters of Calhoun County and the final three letters of Union County.


Calion is located at 33°19′34″N 92°32′19″W / 33.32611°N 92.53861°W / 33.32611; -92.53861 (33.326096, -92.538666).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (20.77%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 924
1940 712 −22.9%
1950 536 −24.7%
1960 544 1.5%
1970 535 −1.7%
1980 638 19.3%
1990 558 −12.5%
2000 516 −7.5%
2010 494 −4.3%
2020 429 −13.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 516 people, 219 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 500.3 people per square mile (193.4/km2). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 265.7/sq mi (102.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.70% White, 33.33% Black or African American, 0.58% Native American, and 0.39% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 219 households, out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,268, and the median income for a family was $26,042. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,860. About 25.5% of families and 25.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 17.2% 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, Calion has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Calion is within the Smackover-Norphlet School District which operates Smackover High School. It was previously in the Norphlet School District, which operated Norphlet Elementary School (PreK-6) and Norphlet High School (grades 7-12). On May 8, 2014 the Arkansas Board of Education (ABE) approved the merger of the Norphlet School District into the Smackover School District.

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