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Charleston, Arkansas
City
Franklin County Courthouse, Southern District
Franklin County Courthouse, Southern District
Location in Franklin County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Franklin County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Franklin
Area
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 • Land 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,522
 • Density 590/sq mi (227.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72933
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-13300
GNIS feature ID 0076590

Charleston is a city in Franklin County, Arkansas, United States, and (along with Ozark) one of the two county seats of Franklin County. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,522 at the 2010 census, down from 2,965 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Charleston is in southwestern Franklin County, along Arkansas Highway 22, which leads east 9 miles (14 km) to Ratcliff and west 24 miles (39 km) to Fort Smith.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Charleston has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km2), of which 4.3 square miles (11.1 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 2.53%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 393
1890 370 −5.9%
1910 576
1920 734 27.4%
1930 851 15.9%
1940 958 12.6%
1950 968 1.0%
1960 1,036 7.0%
1970 1,497 44.5%
1980 1,748 16.8%
1990 2,128 21.7%
2000 2,965 39.3%
2010 2,522 −14.9%
Est. 2015 2,483 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,965 people, 1,201 households, and 815 families residing in the city. The population density was 706.4 people per square mile (272.6/km²). There were 1,315 housing units at an average density of 313.3 per square mile (120.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.58% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 1.48% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. 2.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,201 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,824, and the median income for a family was $39,598. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $18,512 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,912. About 8.6% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Dale Bumpers, governor of Arkansas and U.S. senator from Arkansas
  • Eddy Carmona, American football punter and placekicker for the Oakland Raiders
  • Steve Cox, former American football punter and placekicker and Super Bowl winner with the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XXII

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