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Cave City, Arkansas
Location in Sharp County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Sharp County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Independence, Sharp
Townships Barren (Independence)
Cave (Sharp)
Settled 1890
Founded by James Andrew Laman and John William Laman
 • Total 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Land 2.6 sq mi (6.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total 1,904
 • Density 736/sq mi (284.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
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 August.


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


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%
Est. 2015 1,868 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,946 people, 775 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 752.7 people per square mile (290.1/km²). There were 843 housing units at an average density of 326.1 per square mile (125.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.84% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.18% 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".

There were 775 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 79.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,163, and the median income for a family 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.

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