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Howard County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded April 17, 1873
Seat Nashville
Largest City Nashville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

595 sq mi (1,541 km²)
589 sq mi (1,526 km²)
6.8 sq mi (18 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

13,300
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Howard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,789. The county seat is Nashville. Howard County is Arkansas's 74th county, formed on April 17, 1873, and named for James Howard, a state senator. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 595 square miles (1,540 km2), of which 589 square miles (1,530 km2) is land and 6.8 square miles (18 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • US 371.svg U.S. Highway 371
  • Arkansas 26.svg Highway 26
  • Arkansas 27.svg Highway 27
  • Arkansas 84.svg Highway 84

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Ouachita National Forest (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,917
1890 13,789 39.0%
1900 14,076 2.1%
1910 16,898 20.0%
1920 18,565 9.9%
1930 17,489 −5.8%
1940 16,621 −5.0%
1950 13,342 −19.7%
1960 10,878 −18.5%
1970 11,412 4.9%
1980 13,459 17.9%
1990 13,569 0.8%
2000 14,300 5.4%
2010 13,789 −3.6%
Est. 2015 13,300 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Howard County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Howard County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 14,300 people, 5,471 households, and 3,922 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,297 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.60% White, 21.86% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.76% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 5.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 4.75% reported speaking Spanish at home, while 1.73% speak German.

There were 5,471 households out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 12.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,699, and the median income for a family was $34,510. Males had a median income of $28,086 versus $17,266 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,586. About 11.90% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.10% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Townships

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 Howard County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

  • Blackland
  • Blue Bayou
  • Blue Ridge
  • Brewer
  • Buck Range
  • Burg
  • Center Point
  • Clay
  • County Line
  • Dillard
  • Duckett
  • Franklin
  • Holly Creek
  • Madison (Dierks)
  • Mineral Springs (Mineral Springs)
  • Mountain
  • Muddy Fork
  • Nashville (Nashville)
  • Saline
  • Saratoga
  • Tollette (Tollette) --- township completely inside Blackland Township
  • Umpire

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