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Farmington, Arkansas
Looking south along Highway 170
Looking south along Highway 170
Motto(s): 
"Feels Like Home"
Location of Farmington in Washington County, Arkansas.
Location of Farmington in Washington County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Washington
Settled 1828
Incorporated October 15, 1946
Area
 • City 9.88 sq mi (25.58 km2)
 • Land 9.83 sq mi (25.45 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
1,191 ft (363 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 7,584
 • Density 771.75/sq mi (297.99/km2)
 • Metro
463,402
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72730
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-23170
GNIS feature ID 0076910
Website City of Farmington Arkansas

Farmington is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States. The community is nestled in a valley among the Boston Mountains, a subset of the Ozark Mountains. Although the first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, the community did not incorporate until 1946. Located immediately west of Fayetteville in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Farmington has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 66% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It has been characterized as a bedroom community by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

History

Settlement through Civil War

The first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, and the area was known as Engel's Mill until a post office was built in 1868 and the village was renamed. The Civil War was rough on the community, as many residents were Confederate sympathizers despite most of northwest Arkansas supporting the Union. The Battle of Prairie Grove occurred not far from Farmington, and the city was subject to raids by both armies as well as unaffiliated guerrillas and roughnecks.

Reconstruction through present

Around the 1890s, residents found prosperity by growing strawberries and grapes and shipping them on the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. The tracks were pulled up during World War II, something the company had wanted to do for years, under the guise of the war effort. Farmington was incorporated on October 15, 1946.

Geography

Farmington is located at 36°2′32″N 94°14′43″W / 36.04222°N 94.24528°W / 36.04222; -94.24528 (36.042343, -94.245254).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 216
1970 908 320.4%
1980 1,283 41.3%
1990 1,322 3.0%
2000 3,605 172.7%
2010 5,974 65.7%
2020 7,584 27.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2020 census

Farmington racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 6,045 79.71%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 198 2.61%
Native American 111 1.46%
Asian 73 0.96%
Pacific Islander 19 0.25%
Other/Mixed 603 7.95%
Hispanic or Latino 535 7.05%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,584 people, 2,584 households, and 1,908 families residing in the city.

Economy

Farmington borders Fayetteville to the west and sections of Fayetteville along Highway 16 are north of the city.

Education

Prairie Grove at Farmington 2019
Farmington High School takes on Prairie Grove in the annual "Battle for 62" rivalry game, the first home game played in Cardinals Stadium

Farmington School District provides elementary and secondary education to area students. Farmington's mascot is the cardinal and their team colors are scarlet red and white.

Notable people

  • Sarah Colonna, American comedian, actress, best-selling author known for her work and appearances on E!’s Chelsea Lately
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