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Drew County
Drew County Courthouse in Monticello
Drew County Courthouse in Monticello
Map of Arkansas highlighting Drew County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded November 26, 1846
Named for Thomas Drew
Seat Monticello
Largest city Monticello
 • Total 836 sq mi (2,170 km2)
 • Land 828 sq mi (2,140 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19 km2)  0.9%%
 • Total 18,509
 • Estimate 
 • Density 22.140/sq mi (8.548/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

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.

Major highways

  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • US 425.svg U.S. Highway 425
  • Arkansas 4.svg Highway 4
  • Arkansas 8.svg Highway 8
  • Arkansas 35.svg Highway 35
  • Arkansas 133.svg Highway 133
  • Arkansas 530.svg Highway 530

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,276
1860 9,078 177.1%
1870 9,960 9.7%
1880 12,231 22.8%
1890 17,352 41.9%
1900 19,451 12.1%
1910 21,960 12.9%
1920 21,822 −0.6%
1930 19,928 −8.7%
1940 19,831 −0.5%
1950 17,959 −9.4%
1960 15,213 −15.3%
1970 15,157 −0.4%
1980 17,910 18.2%
1990 17,369 −3.0%
2000 18,723 7.8%
2010 18,509 −1.1%
2019 (est.) 18,219 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Drew County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Drew County

2020 census

Drew County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 11,148 64.25%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,815 27.75%
Native American 68 0.39%
Asian 100 0.58%
Pacific Islander 9 0.05%
Other/Mixed 554 3.19%
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.





Drew County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Drew County, Arkansas as of 2010

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)
  • Bearhouse
  • Clear Creek
  • Collins
  • Cominto
  • Crook
  • Franklin (contains part of Tillar)
  • Live Oak (contains Winchester)
  • Marion (contains Monticello)
  • Saline (contains Wilmar)
  • Spring Hill
  • Veasey


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