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Crittenden County
Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion
Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion
Map of Arkansas highlighting Crittenden 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 October 22, 1825
Named for Robert Crittenden
Seat Marion
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%%
 • Total 50,902
 • Estimate 
 • Density 80.03/sq mi (30.902/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st
Farm workers, Crittenden County, Arkansas
Cotton workers on the road, carrying all they possess in the world. Crittenden County, Arkansas, 1936.

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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 1,272
1840 1,561 22.7%
1850 2,648 69.6%
1860 4,920 85.8%
1870 3,831 −22.1%
1880 9,415 145.8%
1890 13,940 48.1%
1900 14,529 4.2%
1910 22,447 54.5%
1920 29,309 30.6%
1930 39,717 35.5%
1940 42,473 6.9%
1950 47,184 11.1%
1960 47,564 0.8%
1970 48,106 1.1%
1980 49,499 2.9%
1990 49,939 0.9%
2000 50,866 1.9%
2010 50,902 0.1%
2019 (est.) 47,955 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Crittenden County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Crittenden County

2020 census

Crittenden County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 18,948 39.34%
Black or African American 25,804 53.58%
Native American 115 0.24%
Asian 322 0.67%
Pacific Islander 17 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,529 3.17%
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.

2010 census

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).


Major highways

  • I-40 (AR 1957).svg Interstate 40
  • I-55 (AR 1957).svg Interstate 55
  • US 61 (AR).svg U.S. Highway 61
  • US 63 (AR).svg U.S. Highway 63
  • US 64 (AR).svg U.S. Highway 64
  • US 70 (AR).svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 79 (AR).svg U.S. Highway 79
  • Arkansas 38.svg Highway 38
  • Arkansas 42.svg Highway 42
  • Arkansas 50.svg Highway 50
  • Arkansas 77.svg Highway 77
  • Arkansas 118.svg Highway 118
  • Arkansas 131.svg Highway 131
  • Arkansas 147.svg Highway 147
  • Arkansas 149.svg Highway 149
  • Arkansas 184.svg Highway 184
  • Arkansas 191.svg Highway 191
  • Arkansas 218.svg Highway 218
  • Arkansas 816.svg 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 I-55 (AR 1957).svg Interstate 55. The International Port of Memphis is the 4th largest inland port in the United States.





Crittenden County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Crittenden 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 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.


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.

Postsecondary education

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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