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Lonoke County
County of Lonoke
Lonoke County Courthouse
Lonoke County Courthouse
Map of Arkansas highlighting Lonoke County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded April 16, 1874
Seat Lonoke
Largest city Cabot
 • Total 803 sq mi (2,080 km2)
 • Land 771 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Water 32 sq mi (80 km2)  4.0%%
 • Total 68,356
 • Estimate 
 • Density 85.13/sq mi (32.867/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Lonoke County is located in the Central Arkansas region of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,356, making it the 11th-most populous of Arkansas's 75 counties. The county seat is Lonoke and largest city is Cabot. Lonoke County was formed on April 16, 1873, from Pulaski County and Prairie County, and was named as a corruption of "lone oak", after a large red oak in the area that had been used by a surveyor to lay out the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad.

Located within Central Arkansas, the county's varied geography can be roughly broken into thirds horizontally. The top third has rolling hills at the edge of the Ozarks, including the Cabot area. The middle third, including the Lonoke area, contains portions of the Grand Prairie, a flat native grassland today known for rice farming, an important part of the culture, economy and history of Lonoke County. The southern third, including the Scott area, is home to the alluvial soils of the Arkansas Delta. Historically, a military road and a railroad brought settlers to the area, and cotton cultivation was very profitable. In 1904, a demonstration that rice could grow well on the same land coupled with sinking cotton prices drove the area into rice cultivation. During World War I, a United States Army World War I Flight Training airfield, Eberts Field, was constructed.

Lonoke County is included in the Central Arkansas metro area, with Little Rock as the principal city. In addition to agriculture, the county's economy sees tourists at the Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery and Toltec Mounds State Park, Lonoke County is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 803 square miles (2,080 km2), of which 771 square miles (2,000 km2) is land and 32 square miles (83 km2) (4.0%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-40 (AR).svg Interstate 40
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 5.svg Highway 5
  • Arkansas 13.svg Highway 13
  • Arkansas 15.svg Highway 15
  • Arkansas 31.svg Highway 31
  • Arkansas 38.svg Highway 38
  • Arkansas 89.svg Highway 89

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12,146
1890 19,263 58.6%
1900 22,544 17.0%
1910 27,983 24.1%
1920 33,400 19.4%
1930 33,759 1.1%
1940 29,802 −11.7%
1950 27,278 −8.5%
1960 24,551 −10.0%
1970 26,249 6.9%
1980 34,518 31.5%
1990 39,268 13.8%
2000 52,828 34.5%
2010 68,356 29.4%
2019 (est.) 73,309 7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Lonoke County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Lonoke County

2020 census

Lonoke County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 60,596 81.87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,349 5.88%
Native American 314 0.42%
Asian 716 0.97%
Pacific Islander 49 0.07%
Other/Mixed 4,381 5.92%
Hispanic or Latino 3,610 4.88%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 74,015 people, 26,052 households, and 18,824 families residing in the county.




Census-designated place


Lonoke County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Lonoke 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 Lonoke County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

  • Butler
  • Carlisle (Carlisle)
  • Caroline (Austin, small part of Cabot, part of Ward)
  • Cleveland
  • Crooked Creek (Allport, Humnoke)
  • Dortch (CDP Scott)
  • Eagle
  • Fletcher
  • Furlow
  • Goodrum
  • Gray
  • Gum Woods (England)
  • Hamilton
  • Indian Bayou (Coy)
  • Isbell
  • Lafayette (Keo)
  • Lonoke (Lonoke)
  • Magness (part of Cabot)
  • Oak Grove (small part of Cabot)
  • Pettus
  • Prairie
  • Pulaski
  • Richwoods
  • Scott
  • Totten
  • Walls
  • Ward (part of Ward)
  • Williams
  • York (most of Cabot)

See also

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