Crittenden County, Arkansas facts for kids
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Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||October 22, 1825|
|Named for||Robert Crittenden|
|Largest city||West Memphis|
|• Total||636 sq mi (1,650 km2)|
|• Land||610 sq mi (1,600 km2)|
|• Water||27 sq mi (70 km2) 4.2%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||80.03/sq mi (30.902/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Crittenden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 50,902. The county seat is Marion, and the largest city is West Memphis. Crittenden County is Arkansas's 12th county, formed October 22, 1825, and named for Robert Crittenden, the first Secretary of the Arkansas Territory.
Crittenden County is part of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area. Most of the county's media comes from Memphis, although some Little Rock TV (Arkansas Educational Television Network, KATV) is imported by Comcast Cable. It lies within Arkansas's 1st congressional district.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 636 square miles (1,650 km2), of which 610 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.2%) is water.
- Mississippi County (northeast)
- Tipton County, Tennessee (east)
- Shelby County, Tennessee (east)
- DeSoto County, Mississippi (southeast)
- Tunica County, Mississippi (south)
- Lee County (southwest)
- St. Francis County (west)
- Cross County (west)
- Poinsett County (northwest)
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American||25,804||53.58%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,428||2.96%|
As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 48,163 people, 19,074 households, and 11,964 families residing in the county.
As of the 2010 census, there were 50,902 people living in the county. 51.2% were Black or African American, 46.1% White, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% of some other race and 1.1% of two or more races. 2.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).
- Interstate 40
- Interstate 55
- U.S. Highway 61
- U.S. Highway 63
- U.S. Highway 64
- U.S. Highway 70
- U.S. Highway 79
- Highway 38
- Highway 42
- Highway 50
- Highway 77
- Highway 118
- Highway 131
- Highway 147
- Highway 149
- Highway 184
- Highway 191
- Highway 218
- Highway 816
Crittenden County is served by the West Memphis Municipal Airport (KAWM), a General Aviation facility with a Control Tower and Instrument Landing capabilities. General DeWitt Spain Airport is a civil aviation airport just north of downtown Memphis.
The Memphis International Airport is nearby and provides commercial aviation through numerous carriers and is the international cargo hub for FedEx.
Union Pacific operates a 600 Acre intermodal facility west of Marion, Arkansas. BNSF Railway also operates a yard in Marion.
Limited Passenger Rail is available on Amtrak at Memphis Central Station in nearby Memphis. The City of New Orleans runs twice daily on a north–south route from Chicago to New Orleans.
Crittenden County and West Memphis jointly operate a port on the Mississippi River. The International Port of Memphis lies just across the Mississippi River via Interstate 55. The International Port of Memphis is the 4th largest inland port in the United States.
- Marion (county seat)
- West Memphis
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 Crittenden County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.
- Black Oak
- Bob Ward (Anthonyville, Edmondson, small part of Jennette)
- Fogleman (Gilmore, Turrell)
- Jackson (Crawfordsville, part of Marion, part of West Memphis small part of Jennette)
- Jasper (Sunset, most of Marion, part of West Memphis, small part of Clarkedale)
- Lucas (Horseshoe Lake)
- Mississippi (most of West Memphis, part of Marion)
- Mound City (part of Marion, part of West Memphis, small part of Clarkedale)
- Proctor (part of West Memphis)
- Tyronza (Earle, most of Jennette)
- Wappanocca (Jericho, most of Clarkedale)
Elementary and secondary education
Public education for elementary and secondary school students is available from Marion School District, West Memphis School District Earle School District, which leads to graduation from Earle High School. The Old Earle High School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Is also available in West Memphis and Marion.
Crittenden County is served by Arkansas State University Mid-South in West Memphis. The college offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in conjunction with Arkansas State University, The University of Arkansas, The University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas Tech University and Franklin University.
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