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Hector, Arkansas
Location of Hector in Pope County, Arkansas.
Location of Hector in Pope County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°27′47″N 92°58′45″W / 35.46306°N 92.97917°W / 35.46306; -92.97917Coordinates: 35°27′47″N 92°58′45″W / 35.46306°N 92.97917°W / 35.46306; -92.97917
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pope
Area
 • Total 2.29 sq mi (5.93 km2)
 • Land 2.29 sq mi (5.92 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
719 ft (219 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 411
 • Density 179.79/sq mi (69.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72843
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-31150
GNIS feature ID 0077156

Hector is a town in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 450 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Hector is located at 35°27′47″N 92°58′45″W / 35.46306°N 92.97917°W / 35.46306; -92.97917 (35.463094, -92.979069).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.0 km2 (2.3 sq mi) 6.0 km2 (2.3 sq mi) of it is land and 0.43% is water.

History

The community was named for President Grover Cleveland's dog by the President himself when postal officials grew frustrated with the residents' indecision on whether to name the community Avondale or The Plain.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 387
1980 449 16.0%
1990 478 6.5%
2000 506 5.9%
2010 450 −11.1%
2020 411 −8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 506 people in 190 households, including 143 families, in the town. The population density was 84.6/km2 (219.5/mi²). There were 219 housing units at an average density of 36.6/km2 (95.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.64% White, 0.99% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 2.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 190 households 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 22.6% of households were one person and 14.2% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.16.

The age distribution was 30.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 108.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

The median household income was $31,250 and the median family income was $36,375. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,432. About 9.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

Climate

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

Education

Public education of elementary and secondary school students is provided by the Hector School District, including:

  • Hector Elementary School, serving kindergarten through grade 6.
  • Hector High School, serving grades 7 through 12.
  • ARVAC Head Start - Hector Center serving prekindergarten.
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