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Cleveland County
Cleveland County courthouse in Rison
Cleveland County courthouse in Rison
Map of Arkansas highlighting Cleveland County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded April 17, 1873
Named for Grover Cleveland
Seat Rison
Largest city Rison
 • Total 599 sq mi (1,550 km2)
 • Land 598 sq mi (1,550 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%%
 • Total 8,689
 • Estimate 
 • Density 14.506/sq mi (5.601/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Cleveland County (formerly Dorsey County) is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Its population was 8,689 at the 2010 U.S. census. The county seat and largest city is Rison.

Cleveland County is included in the Pine Bluff, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area.


The Arkansas legislature established Dorsey County as Arkansas's 71st county on April 17, 1873, naming it for Stephen W. Dorsey, the U.S. Senator from Arkansas. When he was indicted for defrauding the Post Office, they renamed it on March 5, 1885, for Grover Cleveland, the newly elected President of the United States.

The Battle of Mark's Mills, the pivotal engagement in the Union Army's ill-fated Camden Expedition during the U.S. Civil War, took place in what is now Cleveland County. This engagement resulted in a crushing victory for Confederate forces, though the victory ultimately proved to be hollow when Federal General Frederick Steele and the rest of his army managed to escape from Camden to Little Rock.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 599 square miles (1,550 km2), of which 598 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • US 79.svg U.S. Highway 79
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 8.svg Highway 8
  • Arkansas 11.svg Highway 11
  • Arkansas 15.svg Highway 15 (now US 63)
  • Arkansas 35.svg Highway 35
  • Arkansas 54.svg Highway 54
  • Arkansas 97.svg Highway 97
  • Arkansas 114.svg Highway 114
  • Arkansas 133.svg Highway 133
  • Arkansas 189.svg Highway 189
  • Arkansas 212.svg Highway 212

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 11,362
1900 11,620 2.3%
1910 13,481 16.0%
1920 12,260 −9.1%
1930 12,744 3.9%
1940 12,570 −1.4%
1950 8,956 −28.8%
1960 6,944 −22.5%
1970 6,605 −4.9%
1980 7,868 19.1%
1990 7,781 −1.1%
2000 8,571 10.2%
2010 8,689 1.4%
2019 (est.) 7,956 −8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Cleveland County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Cleveland County

2020 census

Cleveland County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 6,429 85.15%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 675 8.94%
Native American 21 0.28%
Asian 7 0.09%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 235 3.11%
Hispanic or Latino 182 2.41%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,550 people, 3,217 households, and 2,254 families residing in the county.


Census-designated places


Cleveland County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Cleveland County, Arkansas as of 2010

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 Cleveland County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.


School districts serving portions of the county:

  • Cleveland County School District
  • Malvern Special School District
  • Star City School District
  • Woodlawn School District

Notable people

See also

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