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Dermott, Arkansas
Downtown Dermott
Downtown Dermott
Location of Dermott in Chicot County, Arkansas.
Location of Dermott in Chicot County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Chicot
 • Total 3.49 sq mi (9.05 km2)
 • Land 3.42 sq mi (8.86 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
141 ft (43 m)
 • Total 2,021
 • Density 590.76/sq mi (228.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-18520
GNIS feature ID 0057646

Dermott is a city in Chicot County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,316 at the 2010 census. Dermott was incorporated in 1890.

Dermott was home to the Dermott Crawfish Festival.


Dermott is located in the northwest corner of Chicot County at 33°31′43″N 91°26′16″W / 33.52861°N 91.43778°W / 33.52861; -91.43778 (33.528712, -91.437657). Bayou Bartholomew, a tributary of the Ouachita River, touches the southwest corner of the city. U.S. Route 165 passes southeast of the city center, leading north 9 miles (14 km) to McGehee and south 15 miles (24 km) to Montrose. Arkansas Highway 35 passes through the center of Dermott and leads northwest 23 miles (37 km) to Monticello.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dermott has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), of which 3.6 square miles (9.2 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.97%, is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dermott has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 467
1910 1,662 255.9%
1920 2,330 40.2%
1930 2,942 26.3%
1940 3,083 4.8%
1950 3,601 16.8%
1960 3,665 1.8%
1970 4,250 16.0%
1980 4,731 11.3%
1990 4,715 −0.3%
2000 3,292 −30.2%
2010 2,316 −29.6%
2020 2,021 −12.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Dermott Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 349 17.27%
Black or African American 1,571 77.73%
Native American 6 0.3%
Asian 10 0.49%
Other/Mixed 58 2.87%
Hispanic or Latino 27 1.34%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 2,021 people, 810 households, and 547 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,889 people living in the city. 77.8% were African American, 20.2% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% from some other race and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.0% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

The Dermott Crawfish Festival was one of the oldest festivals in Arkansas. The festival was held annually on the third weekend in May and was sponsored by the Dermott Chamber of Commerce. From 1996 through 2006, the Texas artist Larry D. Alexander, who is a native of Dermott, usually ended his Arkansas Schools Tours with a two-day art exhibit and print signing there at the festival. The Crawfish Festival was typically a food and music festival. In 2006, a car/truck/rim show was added to the festival. The Crawfish Festival also hosted a carnival during the entire week. Other events included in the festival were the annual Rotary Club pancake breakfast, bingo, a horseshoe pitching contest, an antique tractor show, and multiple cash drawings.

In 2012 the Dermott Chamber of Commerce cancelled the Dermott Crawfish Festival and no longer sponsors this event. Community leaders and African American Business owners formed a committee to continue the Spirit of the community and now host Dermott Community Festival.


Dermott School District operates public schools in the community. Dermott High School's colors are orange and black. They are the home of the Mighty Rams or Rams. The boys basketball teams won state basketball championships in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994. For 2012–14, the Dermott Rams belong to the 2A Region 7 West conference. For its first championship in 1986, Dermott went undefeated (35-0) and won the overall state championship, coached by Willie Parker and Leroy Kennedy. The Rams have been in the top in the 2-AA class but have not made a playoff run since 2000, when they made it to the championship game. Dermott has four state championships and numerous regional and tournament championships.

Notable people

Dermott 4M5
Dermott Municipal Airport

See also

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