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Lawrence County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Lawrence County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 15, 1815
Seat Walnut Ridge
Largest City Walnut Ridge
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

592 sq mi (1,533 km²)
588 sq mi (1,523 km²)
4.7 sq mi (12 km²), 0.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

16,779
30/sq mi (11.46/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.lawrencecountyarkansas.com/
Named for: James Lawrence

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,415. The county seat is Walnut Ridge. Lawrence County is Arkansas's second county, formed on January 15, 1815, and named for Captain James Lawrence who fought in the War of 1812. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 588 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 4.7 square miles (12 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • U.S. 62
  • U.S. 63
  • US 63B.svg U.S. Route 63B
  • US 67B.svg U.S. Route 67B
  • U.S. 67
  • US 412.svg U.S. Route 412
  • Arkansas 25.svg Highway 25
  • Arkansas 34.svg Highway 34
  • Arkansas 90.svg Highway 90
  • Arkansas 91.svg Highway 91
  • Arkansas 115.svg Highway 115
  • Arkansas 117.svg Highway 117
  • Arkansas 117S.svg Highway 117 Spur
  • Arkansas 228.svg Highway 228
  • Arkansas 230.svg Highway 230
  • Arkansas 361.svg Highway 361

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,806
1840 2,835 1.0%
1850 5,274 86.0%
1860 9,372 77.7%
1870 5,981 −36.2%
1880 8,782 46.8%
1890 12,984 47.8%
1900 16,491 27.0%
1910 20,001 21.3%
1920 22,098 10.5%
1930 21,663 −2.0%
1940 22,651 4.6%
1950 21,303 −6.0%
1960 17,267 −18.9%
1970 16,320 −5.5%
1980 18,447 13.0%
1990 17,457 −5.4%
2000 17,774 1.8%
2010 17,415 −2.0%
Est. 2015 16,779 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Lawrence County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Lawrence County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 17,774 people, 7,108 households, and 5,011 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,085 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.78% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 0.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,108 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,139, and the median income for a family was $32,163. Males had a median income of $26,288 versus $18,518 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,785. About 13.90% of families and 18.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 20.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Townships

Lawrence County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Lawrence County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Lawrence County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.


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