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Grant County
County of Grant
Grant County Courthouse in Sheridan
Grant County Courthouse in Sheridan
Map of Arkansas highlighting Grant County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded February 4, 1869
Named for Ulysses S. Grant
Seat Sheridan
Largest city Sheridan
 • Total 633 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Land 632 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.2%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Grant County is a county in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Its population was 17,853 at the 2010 United States Census. The county seat is Sheridan.

Grant County is included in the Little RockNorth Little RockConway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Formed on February 4, 1869, Grant County is named for former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Robert W. Glover, a Missionary Baptist pastor who served in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature (1905-1912) from Sheridan, introduced in 1909 the resolution calling for the establishment of four state agricultural colleges. His brother, David Delano Glover, a Methodist, was a state representative in the 1907 session and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1929 to 1935, having been unseated in 1934 by Grant County native John Little McClellan who at the time was practicing law in Camden. McClellan later went on to become Arkansas's longest serving U.S. senator.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 633 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 632 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.2%) is water. Grant County is considered part of the Arkansas Timberlands geographical area.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 3,943
1880 6,185 56.9%
1890 7,786 25.9%
1900 7,671 −1.5%
1910 9,425 22.9%
1920 10,710 13.6%
1930 9,834 −8.2%
1940 10,477 6.5%
1950 9,024 −13.9%
1960 8,294 −8.1%
1970 9,711 17.1%
1980 13,008 34.0%
1990 13,948 7.2%
2000 16,464 18.0%
2010 17,853 8.4%
Est. 2015 18,102 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Grant County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Grant County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 16,464 people, 4,241 households, and 4,780 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,960 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.55% White, 2.47% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,241 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.40% were non-families. 20.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 29.60% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,182, and the median income for a family was $42,901. Males had a median income of $31,842 versus $22,098 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,547. About 7.80% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 13.00% of those age 65 or over.





Grant County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Grant County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Grant County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

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