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Gravette, Arkansas
This historic Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose No. 383 pays homage to the importance of the railroad to Gravette's economy and history.
This historic Kansas City Southern Railway Caboose No. 383 pays homage to the importance of the railroad to Gravette's economy and history.
Location in Benton County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Benton County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Benton
 • Total 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,217 ft (371 m)
 • Total 3,113
 • Density 579/sq mi (223.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-28360
GNIS feature ID 0077061

Gravette is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,325 at the 2010 census. It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Gravette is located in northwestern Benton County at 36°25′12″N 94°27′9″W / 36.42000°N 94.45250°W / 36.42000; -94.45250 (36.419962, -94.452584).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km2), all of it land.

Gravette is situated approximately 105 miles (169 km) east of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 41 miles (66 km) northwest of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Gravette annexed nearby unincorporated Hiwasse in 2012.

Early history

Kindley House in Gravette, AR
The historic Kindley House was built in 1873 and added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1988.

The original name of the first European-American settlement at this location was Nebo. The Nebo area is now referred to as Old Town in Chalk Valley and was the earliest pioneer settlement of the community. The settlement was platted in the 1870s by Joseph P. Covey, who relocated to Southwest City, Missouri, in 1881. Ellis Tillman Gravett opened the Chalk Valley Distillery in Nebo and was also the proprietor of a general merchandise store. In 1891, he moved that store west out of the valley to what is now downtown Gravette. Gravette was incorporated on January 27, 1899. By 1910 the population of Gravette amounted to 569.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 447
1910 569 27.3%
1920 754 32.5%
1930 812 7.7%
1940 865 6.5%
1950 894 3.4%
1960 855 −4.4%
1970 1,154 35.0%
1980 1,218 5.5%
1990 1,412 15.9%
2000 1,810 28.2%
2010 2,325 28.5%
Est. 2015 3,232 39.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010 Gravette had a population of 2,325. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 87.8% non-Hispanic white, 0.6% black or African American, 3.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 4.1% from two or more races and 4.0% Hispanic or Latino.

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,810 people, 697 households, and 471 families residing in the city. The population density was 775.1 people per square mile (298.7/km²). There were 773 housing units at an average density of 331.0 per square mile (127.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.87% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 2.10% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 1.05% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. 2.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 697 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,881, and the median income for a family was $34,844. Males had a median income of $28,571 versus $18,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,241. About 11.5% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Gravette has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

According weather data tallied between July 1, 1985 and June 30, 2015 for every location in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's official climate database, Gravette, Arkansas, is the snowiest place in the state of Arkansas with an average of 16 inches of snow per year.

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