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Johnson, Arkansas
The historic Johnson Mill
The historic Johnson Mill
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Washington
 • City 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,198 ft (365 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 3,354
 • Density 1,081.9/sq mi (417.7/km2)
 • Metro 463,204
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72741
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-35500
GNIS feature ID 0077381

Johnson is a town in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains and is surrounded by valleys and natural springs. Early settlers took advantage of these natural features and formed an economy based on mining lime, the Johnson Mill and trout. Although a post office was opened in the community in 1886, Johnson did not incorporate until it required the development of a city government to provide utility services in 1961. Located between Fayetteville and Springdale in the heart of the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Johnson has been experiencing a population and building boom in recent years, as indicated by a 46% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.


Johnson is located at 36°8′2″N 94°9′57″W / 36.13389°N 94.16583°W / 36.13389; -94.16583 (36.133867, -94.165937) between Fayetteville and Springdale. The town is located off of Exit 69 on I-49 in Northwest Arkansas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 274
1980 519 89.4%
1990 599 15.4%
2000 2,319 287.1%
2010 3,353 44.6%
Est. 2015 3,634 8.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,319 people, 928 households, and 638 families residing in the city. The population density was 751.2 people per square mile (289.8/km²). There were 990 housing units at an average density of 320.7/sq mi (123.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.55% White, 1.42% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 3.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 928 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 42.8% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,556, and the median income for a family was $51,618. Males had a median income of $35,189 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,502. About 5.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Recent events

Johnson Mill Boulevard: After years of delay, the new Johnson Mill Boulevard is complete. Johnson Mill now runs from I-49 to Johnson Road in Springdale and will enable development in large tracts of land previously inaccessible. The new Johnson Mill Boulevard replaced Greathouse Springs Road east of I-49 and much of Main Drive west of downtown.

Clear Creek Trail: Thanks to a large grant by the Walton Family Foundation, a new bicycle trail is under construction along Clear Creek. It will connect the new Razorback Greenway (under construction north of Johnson) to Scull Creek which is the north end of the extensive Fayetteville trail system.

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