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Damascus, Arkansas
Location of Damascus in Faulkner County and Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Location of Damascus in Faulkner County and Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Van Buren, Faulkner
Area
 • Total 1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
 • Land 1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
696 ft (212 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 382
 • Density 205.16/sq mi (79.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72039
Area code 501
FIPS code 05-17290
GNIS ID 76744

Damascus is a town in Faulkner and Van Buren counties of central Arkansas, United States. The population of Damascus was 382 at the 2010 census.

History

1980 missile incident

Damascus was the site of a nuclear "Broken Arrow" incident on September 18–19, 1980 when a Titan missile exploded, although no radiation was spread as a result of the explosion.

Geography

Damascus is located at 35°22′2″N 92°24′35″W / 35.36722°N 92.40972°W / 35.36722; -92.40972 (35.3673020, -92.4096005). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 km² (1.9 mi²), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 255
1980 307 20.4%
1990 246 −19.9%
2000 306 24.4%
2010 382 24.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Damascus's portion within Faulkner County is in the northernmost part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area.

At the 2000 census there were 306 people, 137 households, and 90 families in the town. The population density was 61.2/km2 (158.3/mi²). There were 157 housing units at an average density of 31.4/km2 (81.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.71% White, 0.98% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 137 households 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.7% of households were one person and 19.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.81.

The age distribution was 21.2% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median household income was $28,977 and the median family income was $38,750. Males had a median income of $28,214 versus $16,458 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,342. About 1.3% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 22.2% of those sixty five or over.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students in all parts of Damascus is available from the South Side School District.

Notable person

  • Kim Hammer, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 28 since 2011; raised in Damascus, after being born in Rockford, Illinois
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