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Cave City, Arkansas
Location of Cave City in Independence County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Location of Cave City in Independence County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083Coordinates: 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Independence, Sharp
Townships Barren (Independence)
Cave (Sharp)
Settled 1890
Founded by James Andrew Laman and John William Laman
Area
 • Total 2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Land 2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
676 ft (206 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,922
 • Density 751.66/sq mi (290.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72521
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-12280
GNIS feature ID 0076551

Cave City is a city in Independence and Sharp counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 1,904 at the 2010 census. The city was named for a large cave underneath the Crystal River Tourist Camp, which is the oldest motor court in Arkansas. Cave City is known for its award-winning "world's sweetest" watermelons and holds an annual watermelon festival in July.

Geography

Cave City is located at 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083 (35.948087, -91.550952). The town is centered on, and partially located above, the Crystal River, an underground body of water located in the multi-room Crystal River Cave, for which the town is named. The beginning and ending of the water source has never been determined.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.

List of highways

  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 58.svg Arkansas Highway 58
  • Arkansas 230.svg Arkansas Highway 230

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 278
1920 243 −12.6%
1930 296 21.8%
1940 427 44.3%
1950 442 3.5%
1960 540 22.2%
1970 807 49.4%
1980 1,634 102.5%
1990 1,503 −8.0%
2000 1,946 29.5%
2010 1,904 −2.2%
2020 1,922 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

At the 2000 census there were 1,904 people in 751 households, including 504 families, in the city. The population density was 752.7 people per square mile (290.1/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 326.1 per square mile (125.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 0.3% Black, 96.9% white or European, 0.1% Asian, and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Cave City sign
The Cave City welcome sign boasts that the town is the "Home of the World's Sweetest Watermelon".

Of the 751 households 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 31.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 19 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 18% 65 or older. The median age was 35.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.9 males. 31.4% of the male population and 40.3% of females were 18 and over.

The median household income was $23,163 and the median family income was $27,292. Males had a median income of $21,397 versus $17,424 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,925. About 17.0% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Students in the area can attend the Cave City School District.

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