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Fordyce, Arkansas
The historic Fordyce Home Accident Insurance Company building in downtown Fordyce, 2007
The historic Fordyce Home Accident Insurance Company building in downtown Fordyce, 2007
Location of Fordyce in Dallas County, Arkansas.
Location of Fordyce in Dallas County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Dallas
Area
 • Total 6.81 sq mi (17.65 km2)
 • Land 6.81 sq mi (17.65 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
285 ft (87 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,396
 • Density 498.39/sq mi (192.42/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
71742
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-24220
GNIS feature ID 0049160

Fordyce is a city in Dallas County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,300 at the 2010 census, down from 4,799 in 2000.

The city is the county seat, home to the 1911 Dallas County Courthouse.

Within Fordyce there are 19 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Fordyce Home Accident Insurance Company. The town was named for Samuel W. Fordyce.

Geography

Fordyce is located in southeastern Dallas County, with the city's southern border following the Calhoun County line. U.S. Routes 79 and 167 bypass the city center to the north and west, while Arkansas Highway 8 passes through the downtown area. US 79 leads northeast 42 miles (68 km) to Pine Bluff and southwest 31 miles (50 km) to Camden, while US 167 leads north 35 miles (56 km) to Sheridan and south 51 miles (82 km) to El Dorado. AR 8 leads southeast 26 miles (42 km) to Warren and northwest 49 miles (79 km) to Arkadelphia.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Fordyce has a total area of 6.8 square miles (17.5 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 980
1900 1,710 74.5%
1910 2,794 63.4%
1920 2,996 7.2%
1930 3,206 7.0%
1940 3,429 7.0%
1950 3,754 9.5%
1960 3,890 3.6%
1970 4,837 24.3%
1980 5,175 7.0%
1990 4,729 −8.6%
2000 4,799 1.5%
2010 4,300 −10.4%
2020 3,396 −21.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2014 Estimate

2020 census

Fordyce racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 1,242 36.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,879 55.33%
Native American 5 0.15%
Asian 5 0.15%
Other/Mixed 147 4.33%
Hispanic or Latino 118 3.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,396 people, 1,398 households, and 808 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,300 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 53.3% Black, 42.0% White, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.1% from two or more races. 2.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Education

Public education is provided by the Fordyce School District. The city and surrounding area is served by Fordyce High School. The school's athletic teams are the Redbugs.

Notable people

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