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Johnson, Arkansas
The historic Johnson Mill
The historic Johnson Mill
Location of Johnson in Washington County, Arkansas.
Location of Johnson in Washington County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Washington
Area
 • City 3.65 sq mi (9.44 km2)
 • Land 3.61 sq mi (9.36 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
1,198 ft (365 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 3,609
 • Density 998.89/sq mi (385.71/km2)
 • Metro
463,204
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72741
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-35500
GNIS feature ID 0077381

Johnson is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States. The community is located 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 1887, 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.

Geography

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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 274
1980 519 89.4%
1990 599 15.4%
2000 2,319 287.1%
2010 3,353 44.6%
2020 3,609 7.6%

2020 census

Johnson racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,572 71.27%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 139 3.85%
Native American 42 1.16%
Asian 118 3.27%
Pacific Islander 77 2.13%
Other/Mixed 203 5.62%
Hispanic or Latino 458 12.69%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,609 people, 1,526 households, and 902 families residing in the city.

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.


Infrastructure

Trails

Clear Creek Trail: The nearly three-mile Clear Creek Trail connects Scull Creek Trail to Lake Fayetteville Park and is part of the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile trail that connects south Fayetteville to north Bentonville, and is funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Water

Water service in Johnson is provided by Springdale Water Utilities by an inter-municipal agreement. Springdale purchases treated water from Beaver Water District. Wastewater is treated and conveyed into the Springdale system, except the southern reaches which gravity flow into the Fayetteville system.

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