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Hickory Ridge, Arkansas
Location of Hickory Ridge in Cross County, Arkansas.
Location of Hickory Ridge in Cross County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Cross
Incorporated November 7, 1949
 • Total 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Land 0.65 sq mi (1.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
233 ft (71 m)
 • Total 228
 • Density 351.85/sq mi (135.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-31900
GNIS feature ID 0077174

Hickory Ridge is a city in Cross County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 272 at the 2010 census. Always a small farming community with an economy based on agriculture, a post office was first established in 1875, but the community did not incorporate until 1949.


Hickory Ridge is located in northwestern Cross County at 35°24′3″N 90°59′42″W / 35.40083°N 90.99500°W / 35.40083; -90.99500 (35.400729, -90.994974). U.S. Route 49 passes through the community, leading north 37 miles (60 km) to Jonesboro and south 35 miles (56 km) to Interstate 40 at Brinkley.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Hickory Ridge has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 345
1960 364 5.5%
1970 410 12.6%
1980 478 16.6%
1990 436 −8.8%
2000 384 −11.9%
2010 272 −29.2%
2020 228 −16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census, there were 384 people, 155 households and 110 families residing in the city. The population density was 599.6 per square mile (231.7/km2). There were 165 housing units at an average density of 257.7/sq mi (99.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.48% White, 0.26% Asian, and 0.26% from two or more races. 0.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 155 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% 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 3.01.

Age distribution was 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median household income was $22,778, and the median family income was $28,906. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $15,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,053. About 11.2% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 29.3% of those age 65 or over.


Public education for elementary and secondary students is provided by the Cross County School District, which leads to graduation from Cross County High School. The district's mascot and athletic emblem is the Thunderbird.

The Cross County district was established in 1965 by the merger of the Cherry Valley, Hickory Ridge, and Vanndale school districts. As a part of the Cross County district the community previously had its own elementary school, Hickory Ridge Elementary.



Hickory Ridge is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 49 (US 49) and Highway 42. The Union Pacific Railway closely parallels US 49 through Hickory Ridge.


See also: List of public utilities in Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas is the sole provider of electricity in Hickory Ridge. Telephone communication service is provided by AT&T, cable television is provided by East Arkansas Video. Centerpoint Energy is the natural gas utility in Cross County.

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is responsible for the regulation and oversight of public water systems throughout the state. Hickory Ridge Waterworks is a small water utility that treats and distributes groundwater to under 1000 customers.

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