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Lavaca, Arkansas
Location of Lavaca in Sebastian County, Arkansas
Location of Lavaca in Sebastian County, Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Sebastian
Area
 • Total 2.23 sq mi (5.78 km2)
 • Land 2.22 sq mi (5.75 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
423 ft (129 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,450
 • Density 1,102.61/sq mi (425.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72941
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-38890
GNIS feature ID 0077456

Lavaca is a city in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 Census the population was 2,289. Lavaca was incorporated in 1919.

Geography

Lavaca is located at 35°20′12″N 94°10′36″W / 35.33667°N 94.17667°W / 35.33667; -94.17667 (35.336657, -94.176776).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 319
1940 340 6.6%
1950 373 9.7%
1960 392 5.1%
1970 532 35.7%
1980 1,092 105.3%
1990 1,253 14.7%
2000 1,825 45.7%
2010 2,289 25.4%
2020 2,450 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Lavaca racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,023 82.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7 0.29%
Native American 56 2.29%
Asian 7 0.29%
Pacific Islander 4 0.16%
Other/Mixed 219 8.94%
Hispanic or Latino 134 5.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,450 people, 951 households, and 693 families residing in the city.

Education

Elementary and secondary education

Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students is provided primarily by the Lavaca School District, which leads to graduation from Lavaca High School. Lavaca High School was nationally recognized as a Bronze Medalist in the Best High Schools Report 2012 developed by U.S. News & World Report.

The district has undertaken construction projects to build a new school facilities for the high, middle and elementary schools. In 2010, the Lavaca Performing Arts Center was completed on the campus of Lavaca High School and is available to the city for community events.

Public libraries

The Scott Sebastian Regional Library system based in Greenwood maintains the Lavaca Branch Library that contains books, magazines, newspapers and multimedia.

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