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Dermott, Arkansas
Downtown Dermott
Downtown Dermott
Location in Chicot County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Chicot County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Chicot
 • Total 3.6 sq mi (9.4 km2)
 • Land 3.6 sq mi (9.2 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
141 ft (43 m)
 • Total 2,889
 • Density 811/sq mi (313.2/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 2,889 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%
Est. 2015 2,720 17.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,889 people residing 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.

As of the census of 2000, there were 4865 people, 1,216 households, and 824 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,165.3 people per square mile (449.1/km²). There were 1,404 housing units at an average density of 497.0 per square mile (191.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 25.24% White, 73.27% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,216 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.2% were married couples living together, 27.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,857, and the median income for a family was $22,214. Males had a median income of $21,134 versus $17,318 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,998. About 25.9% of families and 32.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.0% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

See also: Culture of Arkansas

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.

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