Hempstead County, Arkansas facts for kids
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|County of Hempstead|
Clockwise from top: Hempstead County Courthouse in Hope, Bill Clinton Birthplace, Politicians at the Hope Watermelon Festival, the former Hempstead County Courthouse)
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||December 15, 1818|
|Named for||Edward Hempstead|
|• Total||741 sq mi (1,920 km2)|
|• Land||728 sq mi (1,890 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 1.8%%|
|• Density||27.078/sq mi (10.455/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Hempstead County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,609. As of the 2020 census, the population decreased to 20,065. The county seat is Hope. Hempstead County is Arkansas's fourth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Pulaski counties. The county is named for Edward Hempstead, a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Missouri Territory, which included present-day Arkansas at the time. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.
Historic Washington State Park is located in Hempstead County some nine miles northwest of Hope in the historic village of Washington, Arkansas. The state park opened in 1973 as "Old Washington Historic State Park", but the "Old" was dropped from the name in 2006. The park offers walking tours of the historic village, which contains more than a dozen historic structures from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles (1,920 km2), of which 728 square miles (1,890 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (1.8%) is water. Hempstead County is alternately considered as part of the greater regions of South Arkansas or Southwest Arkansas.
- Interstate 30
- U.S. Highway 67
- U.S. Highway 278
- U.S. Highway 371
- Highway 4
- Highway 27
- Highway 29
- Highway 32
- Pike County (north)
- Nevada County (east)
- Lafayette County (south)
- Miller County (southwest)
- Little River County (west)
- Howard County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5,644||28.13%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,953||14.72%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,065 people, 8,094 households, and 5,711 families residing in the county.
- Hope (county seat)
- Spring Hill
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 Hempstead 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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Veterans Monument in front of current 1939 Hempstead County Courthouse in Hope