Drew County, Arkansas facts for kids
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Drew County Courthouse in Monticello
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||November 26, 1846|
|Named for||Thomas Drew|
|• Total||836 sq mi (2,170 km2)|
|• Land||828 sq mi (2,140 km2)|
|• Water||7.3 sq mi (19 km2) 0.9%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||22.140/sq mi (8.548/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Drew County is a county located in the southeast region of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,509, making it the 39th most populous of Arkansas's 75 counties. The county seat and largest city is Monticello. Drew County was formed on November 26, 1846, and named for Thomas Drew, the third governor of Arkansas.
Located on the edge of the Arkansas Timberlands and the Arkansas Delta, its fertile soils produced prosperity for early settlers in the antebellum era. Cotton was the major commodity crop, but corn, apples, peaches and tomatoes were also grown. Following the Civil War, the boundaries of Drew County changed.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, timber harvesting became an important industry. As a variety of industries began to move to the county, several colleges were founded in the county in the early part of the 20th century, one developing as University of Arkansas at Monticello. Today, the county has a diverse economy and is an economic center in southeast Arkansas.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 836 square miles (2,170 km2), of which 828 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water.
Loggy Bayou is a swamp in Drew County, not to be confused with a bayou of the same name in northwestern Louisiana.
- Lincoln County (north)
- Desha County (northeast)
- Chicot County (southeast)
- Ashley County (south)
- Bradley County (west)
- Cleveland County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||4,815||27.75%|
|Hispanic or Latino||656||3.78%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,350 people, 7,157 households, and 4,651 families residing in the county.
- Monticello (county seat)
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 Drew County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.
- Bartholomew (contains Jerome)
- Clear Creek
- Franklin (contains part of Tillar)
- Live Oak (contains Winchester)
- Marion (contains Monticello)
- Saline (contains Wilmar)
- Spring Hill
- In Spanish: Condado de Drew