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Dumas, Arkansas
City of Dumas
Entering Dumas from the north on U.S. 65.
Entering Dumas from the north on U.S. 65.
Location of Dumas in Desha County, Arkansas.
Location of Dumas in Desha County, Arkansas.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
County Desha
Townships Randolph, Walnut Lake
 • Total 2.91 sq mi (7.53 km2)
 • Land 2.91 sq mi (7.53 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
164 ft (50 m)
 • Total 4,001
 • Density 1,376.81/sq mi (531.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
71639, 71662
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-19990
GNIS feature ID 0048697

Dumas is a city in Desha County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,706 at the 2010 census.


Dumas is located in northwestern Desha County at 33°53′12″N 91°29′19″W / 33.88667°N 91.48861°W / 33.88667; -91.48861 (33.886626, -91.488544). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km2), all of it land. The city is located in the Delta Lowlands sub-region of the Arkansas Delta with a topography that is largely flat.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 519
1920 1,124 116.6%
1930 1,669 48.5%
1940 2,323 39.2%
1950 2,512 8.1%
1960 3,540 40.9%
1970 4,600 29.9%
1980 6,091 32.4%
1990 5,520 −9.4%
2000 5,238 −5.1%
2010 4,706 −10.2%
2020 4,001 −15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Dumas Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,013 25.32%
Black or African American 2,511 62.76%
Native American 6 0.15%
Asian 22 0.55%
Other/Mixed 116 2.9%
Hispanic or Latino 333 8.32%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 4,001 people, 1,739 households, and 1,207 families residing in the city.


Dumas proudly proclaims itself as "Home of the Ding Dong Daddy", a reference to the vaudeville song "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas" by Phil Baxter. However, this is up for debate, as the city of Dumas, Texas, also lays claim, with some documentation, to the song being about them.

On February 24, 2007, Dumas was struck by a tornado at around 3 p.m. CT (4 p.m. ET). More than 40 people were injured and many homes and business were damaged or destroyed. The local Dumas police stated on CNN that "the feed mill was the local employer and now it is gone".

Following the storm, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor had criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the recovery and cleanup efforts.


U.S. Route 65 passes through the city, leading northwest 41 miles (66 km) to Pine Bluff and south (with U.S. Route 165) 19 miles (31 km) to McGehee. US 165 leads northeast from Dumas 34 miles (55 km) to DeWitt.

In popular culture

In September 2011 the feature film Mud, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey, was filmed in and around Dumas. Several townspeople served as extras in the film, with a few having acquired small speaking roles.


Dumas is served by the Dumas School District.

Notable people

  • Jim Hines (born September 10, 1946), Olympic gold medalist
  • Slink Johnson Actor, producer, comedian
  • Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder (December 25, 1923 - December 11, 2020), Newspaper editor and publisher, state legislator
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