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Lake City, Arkansas
Craighead County Courthouse, Eastern District in Lake City
Craighead County Courthouse, Eastern District in Lake City
Location in Craighead County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Craighead County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Craighead
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Land 3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,082
 • Density 690/sq mi (266.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72437
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. The population was 2,082 as of the 2010 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. It serves as a second county seat, serving the Eastern District of Craighead County (Jonesboro serves the Western District).


Lake City is located in eastern Craighead County at 35°49′4″N 90°26′24″W / 35.81778°N 90.44°W / 35.81778; -90.44 (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.

Lake City has the only lift bridge in the world that has been raised once in its construction. In order 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.

900 Main Street. In 1947 Albert Craigs shot and killed his wife Helen Craigs in the head in a middle bedroom, then turned the gun on himself. Succeeding residents have claimed to have seen shadow figures, hearing strange noises from the middle room, and closets opening or slamming shut.


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%
Est. 2015 2,324 11.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,956 people, 731 households, and 546 families residing in the town. The population density was 881.9 inhabitants per square mile (340.2/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 349.9 per square mile (135.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.67% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 731 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 23.0% 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 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,844, and the median income for a family was $33,477. Males had a median income of $27,798 versus $19,205 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,126. About 11.4% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


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