Clark County, Arkansas facts for kids
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Clark County Courthouse in Arkadelphia
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 15, 1818|
|Named for||William Clark|
|• Total||883 sq mi (2,290 km2)|
|• Land||866 sq mi (2,240 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (40 km2) 1.9%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||26.042/sq mi (10.055/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Clark County is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,995. The county seat is Arkadelphia. The Arkadelphia, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Clark County.
Clark County was Arkansas' third county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Hempstead and Pulaski counties. The county is named after William Clark who at the time was Governor of the Missouri Territory, which included present-day Arkansas. On November 1, 1833, Pike County was created, out of western Clark County and part of northern Hempstead County by the Arkansas territorial legislature and named after Zebulon Pike. Arkadelphia was named as the county seat in 1842.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 883 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 866 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (1.9%) is water.
- Interstate 30
- U.S. Highway 67
- Highway 7
- Highway 8
- Highway 26
- Highway 51
- Highway 53
- Hot Spring County (northeast)
- Dallas County (east)
- Ouachita County (southeast)
- Nevada County (southwest)
- Pike County (west)
- Montgomery County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5,068||23.63%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,092||5.09%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 21,446 people, 8,446 households, and 5,253 families residing in the county.
- Arkadelphia (county seat)
Note: Unlike most Arkansas counties, Clark County only has one single township. That township encompasses the entire county.
Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Clark County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.
- Daniel Davis, actor, best known for playing "Niles the butler" in the television series The Nanny, was born in Gurdon.
- Jody Evans, singer of country music, started his music career in Clark County, and works for the Arkadelphia Police Department.
- Cliff Harris, football player, Dallas Cowboys NFL, played college football for the Ouachita Baptist University football team.
- Bob C. Riley, politician, was born and raised in Arkadelphia. The Democrat served as Lieutenant Governor from 1971 to 1975.
- Jerry Thomasson, politician and state representative, was born and raised in Arkadelphia. He switched to the Republican Party in 1966 and ran unsuccessfully for state attorney general in 1966 and 1968.
- Billy Bob Thornton, film actor, grew up in Alpine.