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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 of Gravette in Benton County, Arkansas.
Location of Gravette in Benton County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Benton
 • Total 15.28 sq mi (39.57 km2)
 • Land 15.28 sq mi (39.57 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,217 ft (371 m)
 • Total 3,547
 • Density 232.16/sq mi (89.64/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 is 3,547 according to the 2020 census. 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%
2020 3,547 52.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Gravette racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,865 80.77%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 18 0.51%
Native American 110 3.1%
Asian 24 0.68%
Pacific Islander 3 0.08%
Other/Mixed 282 7.95%
Hispanic or Latino 245 6.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,547 people, 1,305 households, and 884 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of 2010 Gravette had a population of 2,325, with an estimated 1,418 housing units with a majority being occupied. The median household income is estimated at $46,275. Approximately 16.3% of the population has obtained a bachelor's degree or higher.. 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.


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.


Gravette is home to several large companies. R & R Solutions is a packaging and logistics company and is one of the largest employers in Gravette. Two plastics production companies, Hendren Plastics and Insul-Bead, are located in Gravette and produce a variety of products, most notably dock floatation devices that are shipped nationwide. Many other businesses operate in Gravette including a hospital, several banks, two pharmacies, numerous construction trade businesses, a hardware store, two grocery stores, a variety of food and drink establishments, and many other businesses.


Public education is provided for elementary and secondary school students by the following school districts:

  • Gravette School District, which leads to graduation from Gravette High School. (primary school district)
  • Bentonville School District, which leads to graduation from Bentonville High School.

Several colleges and universities are within a 60-minute drive of Gravette:

There are numerous career and technical schools within a 60-minute drive of Gravette:

Notable people

  • Lloyd Andrews, Western actor and host of children's TV shows
  • Jim Hendren, current Arkansas state senator
  • Kim Hendren, former Arkansas state senator
  • Field Eugene Kindley, aviator and World War I flying ace
  • Tommy Morrison, heavyweight boxer
  • Arnold Murray, pastor and TV evangelist (1929–2014)
  • Mary Lou Slinkard, current Arkansas state representative
  • Gene Stephens, former Major League Baseball player
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