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Lonoke, Arkansas
Evening in downtown Lonoke, along Front and Center Streets
Evening in downtown Lonoke, along Front and Center Streets
Lonoke County Arkansas Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Lonoke Highlighted.svg
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lonoke
Incorporated 1872
 • City 4.6 sq mi (11.9 km2)
 • Land 4.3 sq mi (11.2 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 240 ft (73 m)
Population (2000)
 • City 4,553
 • Density 990.0/sq mi (382.3/km2)
 • Metro 610,518 (Little Rock/North Little Rock
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72086
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-41420
GNIS feature ID 0077553

Lonoke is the second most populous city in Lonoke County, Arkansas, United States, and serves as its county seat. According to 2010 United States Census, the population of the city is 4,245. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Lonoke's history begins with the advance of Union troops through Central Arkansas during the American Civil War. The town of Brownsville was burned to the ground by Union forces after the retreat of Confederate forces westward to Little Rock. After the war, it was decided by the city leaders of Brownsville that a new town should be formed by the nearby railroad so that those who wished to stay could do so.

According to local legend, the town was named for a large red oak tree that was found while trees were being chopped down in order to build houses. The official name of the city was originally Lone Oak. However, due to a misprint in the Lonoke Democrat newspaper, the town's name was printed as Lonoak. Eventually, this misspelling became further misspelled as Lonoke.

The town of Lonoke was very slow to grow. Lonoke maintained a sustainable population through the support of its agricultural based economy until World War II. Because of the baby boom, Lonoke's population began to reach higher numbers. Furthermore, Lonoke became a sort of suburban area of Little Rock due to the implementation of the Interstate Highway System and the construction of Interstate 40.

In recent years, the population of Lonoke has remained in the area of about 4,000 people. As the Little Rock metropolitan area continues to grow, Lonoke's population is expected to grow as well as Lonoke is becoming more suitable as a suburban area.


Lonoke is in central Lonoke County, located at 34°47′3″N 91°54′3″W / 34.78417°N 91.90083°W / 34.78417; -91.90083 (34.784065, -91.900705).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (12 km2), of which, 4.3 square miles (11 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (6.07%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 659
1890 858 30.2%
1900 951 10.8%
1910 1,547 62.7%
1920 1,711 10.6%
1930 1,674 −2.2%
1940 1,715 2.4%
1950 1,556 −9.3%
1960 2,359 51.6%
1970 3,140 33.1%
1980 4,128 31.5%
1990 4,022 −2.6%
2000 4,287 6.6%
2010 4,245 −1.0%
Est. 2015 4,249 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2000 census, there were 4,287 people, 1,595 households, and 1,092 families residing in the city. The population density was 990.0 people per square mile (382.3/km²). There were 1,703 housing units at an average density of 393.3 per square mile (151.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.29% White, 23.40% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,595 households out of which 33.4% had children under the living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.3% under the, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,558, and the median income for a family was $44,423. Males had a median income of $34,315 versus $22,642 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,598. About 11.9% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.6% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.

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