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The historic Fordyce Home Accident Insurance Company building in downtown Fordyce, 2007
Location of Fordyce in Dallas County, Arkansas.
|• 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)|
|• Density||498.39/sq mi (192.42/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−05:00 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0049160|
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.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||1,879||55.33%|
|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.
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.
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.
- Anderson W. Atkinson, U.S. Air Force general
- Jim Benton, pro football star in 1940s
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, iconic coach in College Football Hall of Fame, attended Fordyce High School
- Cory Carr (born 1975), American-Israeli basketball player for Israeli team Elitzur Ramla B.C.
- James Hal Cone, theologian
- Scott Hutchins, author
- Raylee Johnson, NFL player, defensive end for San Diego Chargers
- Larry Lacewell, college football coach and director of scouting for Dallas Cowboys
- Chris McNair, Alabama state legislator and businessman
- Red Parker, college football coach
- Ray Phillips, NFL player, linebacker for Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles
- Ray E. Porter, World War II general who won Purple Heart and Legion of Merit
- John Thach, World War II naval aviator, later promoted to admiral
- Kevin Williams, NFL Pro Bowl defensive tackle for Minnesota Vikings
- W. Randolph "Randy" Woodson, chancellor, North Carolina State University
- Robin F. Wynne, associate justice, Supreme Court of Arkansas
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