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DeWitt, Arkansas
Location of DeWitt in Arkansas County, Arkansas.
Location of DeWitt in Arkansas County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Arkansas
Area
 • Total 2.99 sq mi (7.75 km2)
 • Land 2.99 sq mi (7.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
190 ft (58 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,056
 • Density 1,021.39/sq mi (394.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72042
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-18790
GNIS feature ID 0048411

DeWitt is the second largest city in Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States, which also serves as the county seat of the southern district of Arkansas County. Population was 3,292 at the time of the 2010 census. DeWitt is perhaps most celebrated as the childhood home of Bobby Capps, keyboardist/vocalist for the southern rock band 38 Special.

Geography

De Witt is located at 34°17′29″N 91°20′13″W / 34.29139°N 91.33694°W / 34.29139; -91.33694 (34.291477, -91.336983).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 169
1890 246 45.6%
1900 318 29.3%
1910 831 161.3%
1940 2,498
1950 2,843 13.8%
1960 3,019 6.2%
1970 3,728 23.5%
1980 3,928 5.4%
1990 3,553 −9.5%
2000 3,552 0.0%
2010 3,292 −7.3%
2020 3,056 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

DeWitt racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,153 70.45%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 619 20.26%
Native American 4 0.13%
Asian 20 0.65%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 144 4.71%
Hispanic or Latino 115 3.76%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,056 people, 1,226 households, and 730 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 3,292 people living in the city. 74.5% were White, 21.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 2.1% from some other race and 1.4% from two or more races. 3.2% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

DeWitt is the center of the DeWitt School District and is home to DeWitt High School, DeWitt Middle School, DeWitt Elementary School, and Gillett Elementary School. Their mascot is the Dragons, and their school colors are blue and gold. DeWitt High School houses grades 9 through 12. DeWitt Middle School houses grades 6 through 8, and both DeWitt Elementary and Gillett Elementary provide kindergarten through 5th grade.

Notable people

  • Bobby Capps, keyboardist/vocalist for the southern rock band 38 Special, noted for vocals in concert on fan favorite "Second Chance", a song originally sung by Max Carl and first released on the album "Rock & Roll Strategy" in 1988
  • George Dickey - Catcher for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox.
  • Frank Glasgow Tinker, combat flying ace with eight victories; first American fighter pilot to down a Nazi Messerschmitt Bf-109, during Spanish Civil War
  • Carlene Mitchell, former assistant coach of WNBA basketball team Chicago Sky, as well as former head coach of NCAA women's basketball team, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
  • Carol Rasco, Director of the Domestic Policy Council under President Bill Clinton; advocate for disability rights, education, and children
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