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Marion County
Marion County courthouse in Yellville
Marion County courthouse in Yellville
Map of Arkansas highlighting Marion 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 September 25, 1836
Named for Francis Marion
Seat Yellville
Largest city Bull Shoals
 • Total 640 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land 597 sq mi (1,550 km2)
 • Water 43 sq mi (110 km2)  6.8%%
 • Total 16,653
 • Estimate 
 • Density 26.02/sq mi (10.05/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Marion County is located in the Ozark Mountains in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The county is named for Francis Marion, the famous "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War. Created as Arkansas's 35th county in 1836, Marion County is home to one incorporated town and four incorporated cities, including Yellville, the county seat. The county is also the site of numerous unincorporated communities and ghost towns. The county included part of what is now Searcy County, Arkansas, with many opposing to dividing them, which helped fueled the bloody Tutt-Everett War between 1844 and 1850.

Occupying 640 square miles (170,000 ha), Marion County is the 33rd smallest county in Arkansas. As of the 2010 Census, the county's population is 16,653 people in 3,531 households. Based on population, the county is the twenty-seventh smallest county of the 75 in Arkansas. Located in the Ozarks, the county is largely covered with rugged terrain and waterways, with the exception of King's Prairie in the southwestern portion. It is drained by the White River, Buffalo River, Crooked Creek, and the Little North Fork of White River. Protected areas of the county include Bull Shoals-White River State Park, Ozark National Forest, the Buffalo National River and four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

Although no Interstate highways are located in Marion County, two United States highways (U.S. Route 62 [US 62] and US 412) and eight Arkansas state highways run in the county.


Marion County was formerly home to a large zinc mining industry. The ruins of the Rush Creek mining district are preserved as the Rush Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 597 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 43 square miles (110 km2) (6.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 62 (1961).svg US 62
  • US 412.svg US 412
  • US 62B.svg U.S. Route 62 Business
  • US 62S.svg U.S. Route 62 Spur
  • Arkansas 14.svg Highway 14
  • Arkansas 101.svg Highway 101
  • Arkansas 125.svg Highway 125
  • Arkansas 178.svg Highway 178
  • Arkansas 202.svg Highway 202
  • Arkansas 235.svg Highway 235
  • Arkansas 980(Airport).svg Airport Highway 980

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,325
1850 2,308 74.2%
1860 6,192 168.3%
1870 3,979 −35.7%
1880 7,907 98.7%
1890 10,390 31.4%
1900 11,377 9.5%
1910 10,203 −10.3%
1920 10,154 −0.5%
1930 8,876 −12.6%
1940 9,464 6.6%
1950 8,609 −9.0%
1960 6,041 −29.8%
1970 7,000 15.9%
1980 11,334 61.9%
1990 12,001 5.9%
2000 16,140 34.5%
2010 16,653 3.2%
2019 (est.) 16,694 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Marion County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Marion County

2020 census

Marion County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 15,414 91.61%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 20 0.12%
Native American 127 0.75%
Asian 56 0.33%
Other/Mixed 830 4.93%
Hispanic or Latino 379 2.25%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,826 people, 6,782 households, and 4,438 families residing in the county.





Note: Unlike most Arkansas counties, Marion County only has one single township (named "Marion County"). That township encompasses the entire county.

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 Marion 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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Major highways

  • US 62 (1961).svg US 62
  • US 412.svg US 412
  • US 62B.svg U.S. Route 62 Business
  • US 62S.svg U.S. Route 62 Spur
  • Arkansas 14.svg Highway 14
  • Arkansas 101.svg Highway 101
  • Arkansas 125.svg Highway 125
  • Arkansas 178.svg Highway 178
  • Arkansas 202.svg Highway 202
  • Arkansas 206.svg Highway 206
  • Arkansas 235.svg Highway 235
  • Arkansas 268.svg Highway 268
  • Arkansas 980(Airport).svg Airport Highway 980

See also

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