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Clinton, Arkansas
Location of Clinton in Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Location of Clinton in Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Van Buren
 • Total 13.75 sq mi (35.61 km2)
 • Land 13.45 sq mi (34.85 km2)
 • Water 0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
564 ft (172 m)
 • Total 2,509
 • Density 186.49/sq mi (72.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-14260
GNIS feature ID 0047856

Clinton is the county seat of Van Buren County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,602 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous city in the county (reclaiming the distinction from the resort community of Fairfield Bay). The city was named for DeWitt Clinton, the New York governor who built the Erie Canal; he had also been a U.S. Senator from New York.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30 km2), of which, 11.4 square miles (30 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.64%) is water.

The City of Clinton is situated on the shore of the Archey Fork, a tributary of the Upper Little Red River which flows into Greers Ferry Lake. This body of water is known for its rich and diverse fish habitat and recreational uses. A channelization project in 1982 following a major flood event has recently been re-engineered by The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with city officials and corporate sponsors. The multi-phase restoration project has witnessed the installation of a cantilevered stream bed, bank stabilization, and habitat regeneration. The restoration is now part of the city's historic downtown park and trail system.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 166
1890 176 6.0%
1900 297 68.8%
1940 915
1950 853 −6.8%
1960 744 −12.8%
1970 1,029 38.3%
1980 1,284 24.8%
1990 2,213 72.4%
2000 2,283 3.2%
2010 2,602 14.0%
2020 2,509 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Clinton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,088 83.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 24 0.96%
Native American 19 0.76%
Asian 16 0.64%
Other/Mixed 134 5.34%
Hispanic or Latino 228 9.09%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,509 people, 942 households, and 608 families residing in the city.

Chuckwagon Races

The National Championship Chuckwagon Races are held annually at the Bar of Ranch in Clinton. The event is a major tourist attraction drawing many thousands to the area each Labor Day weekend with rodeo and futurity events, auctions, live music performances, and the grand finale Snowy River race.

Tornado outbreak

Tornado damage Clinton
Tornado damage to a house in Clinton

On February 5, 2008 an EF4 tornado struck Clinton, killing three people and destroying many homes and businesses, including a boat manufacturing facility.


Public education for elementary and secondary students is available from the Clinton School District with students graduating from Clinton High School. The Clinton mascot and athletic emblem is the Yellowjacket.

Notable people

  • Bobby Burnett, AFL Rookie of the Year for 1966
  • Jim Burnett, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board
  • John Hargis, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer is a 1992 Clinton high school graduate.

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