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Earle, Arkansas
Clockwise from top: Crittenden County Historical Museum, Earle welcome sign, downtown Earle along US 64B, "Home of the Bulldogs" water tower
Clockwise from top: Crittenden County Historical Museum, Earle welcome sign, downtown Earle along US 64B, "Home of the Bulldogs" water tower
Location of Earle in Crittenden County, Arkansas.
Location of Earle in Crittenden County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Crittenden
 • Total 3.25 sq mi (8.41 km2)
 • Land 3.25 sq mi (8.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
207 ft (63 m)
 • Total 1,831
 • Density 563.91/sq mi (217.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-20320
GNIS feature ID 0048738

Earle is a city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,414 at the 2010 census, down from 3,036 at the 2000 census.


Earle is located in western Crittenden County at 35°16′13″N 90°27′53″W / 35.27028°N 90.46472°W / 35.27028; -90.46472 (35.270405, -90.464841). U.S. Route 64 passes through the northern part of the city, bypassing the downtown area. US 64 leads west 19 miles (31 km) to Wynne and 28 miles (45 km) east to Memphis, Tennessee.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Earle has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,542
1920 2,091 35.6%
1930 2,062 −1.4%
1940 1,872 −9.2%
1950 2,375 26.9%
1960 2,391 0.7%
1970 3,146 31.6%
1980 3,517 11.8%
1990 3,393 −3.5%
2000 3,036 −10.5%
2010 2,414 −20.5%
2020 1,831 −24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate
Crittenden County Museum Earle AR 02
The old Missouri Pacific Depot in Earle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of the 2013 American Community Survey, there were 2,400 people living in the city. 88.7% were African American, 10.8% White and 0.6% from two or more races.

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,036 people, 1,074 households, and 727 families living in the city. The population density was 932.9 people per square mile (360.7/km2). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 383.2/sq mi (148.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 23.45% White, 75.23% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,074 households, out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.0% were married couples living together, 27.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.3% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 36.6% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,344, and the median income for a family was $22,775. Males had a median income of $26,510 versus $18,011 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,260. About 40.2% of families and 45.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.7% of those under age 18 and 36.6% of those age 65 or over.

May 2, 2008 tornado

On May 2, 2008, WMC-TV reported that a tornado which was reported to be large and very dangerous affected the Earle area causing major damage in parts of the town and some injuries. There were also reports of people missing or unaccounted for. Homes were reportedly destroyed, while businesses and the high school were also damaged. The tornado was later confirmed on the same day as an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with winds near 150 to 160 mph.


Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students is primarily provided by the Earle School District, which leads to graduation from Earle High School. The Old Earle High School with its Mission/Spanish Revival style served as the city's high school from 1919 to 1978 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable people

  • Charles T. Bernard (born 1927), businessman and Republican politician
  • George Berry Washington (born 1864), a former slave who became one of Crittenden County's largest landowners
  • Harvey Locke Carey (1915-1984), lawyer and politician from Shreveport, Louisiana, lived in Earle as a child
  • Shakey Jake Harris (born 1921), Chicago blues singer, harmonicist and songwriter
  • Wilson Douglas Watson (1922-1994), recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions on Iwo Jima
  • Carroll Cloar (1913-1993), surrealist painter and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.
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