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Lake City, Arkansas
Craighead County Courthouse, Eastern District in Lake City
Craighead County Courthouse, Eastern District in Lake City
Location of Lake City in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Location of Lake City in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
County Craighead
 • Total 3.18 sq mi (8.24 km2)
 • Land 3.15 sq mi (8.17 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
226 ft (69 m)
 • Total 2,326
 • Density 737.71/sq mi (284.83/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-37780
GNIS feature ID 0077429

Lake City is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States, along the St. Francis River. Lake City is one of two county seats in Craighead County. The population was 2,326 as of the 2020 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Lake City is located in eastern Craighead County at 35°49′4″N 90°26′24″W / 35.81778°N 90.44000°W / 35.81778; -90.44000 (35.817866, -90.439927), along the west bank of the St. Francis River. It is 16 miles (26 km) east of downtown Jonesboro.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (7.9 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.35%, is water.

List of highways

  • Arkansas 18.svg Highway 18
  • Arkansas 135.svg Highway 135
  • Arkansas 158.svg Highway 158

Notable facts

St. Francis River Bridge, Lake City
The St. Francis River Bridge in Lake City is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The St. Francis River Bridge located in Lake City is the only lift bridge in the world that has been raised only once since its construction. To construct a four-lane highway, a new bridge was constructed in 2002 and the lift bridge was moved to a location just south of the new bridge where it remains as a landmark.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 434
1910 448 3.2%
1920 635 41.7%
1930 760 19.7%
1940 786 3.4%
1950 783 −0.4%
1960 850 8.6%
1970 948 11.5%
1980 1,842 94.3%
1990 1,833 −0.5%
2000 1,956 6.7%
2010 2,082 6.4%
2020 2,326 11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lake City racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,112 90.8%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 42 1.81%
Native American 13 0.56%
Asian 5 0.21%
Pacific Islander 1 0.04%
Other/Mixed 92 3.96%
Hispanic or Latino 61 2.62%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,326 people, 936 households, and 651 families residing in the city.



Lake City is part of the Riverside School District, formed as a result of consolidation with the Lake City School District with that of nearby Caraway on July 1, 1985. The Riverside High School mascot and athletic teams are known as "the Rebels". There are two elementary schools associated with the school: one is located in Lake City and the other in Caraway.

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