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Melbourne, Arkansas
Location of Melbourne in Izard County, Arkansas.
Location of Melbourne in Izard County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°3′35″N 91°53′40″W / 36.05972°N 91.89444°W / 36.05972; -91.89444Coordinates: 36°3′35″N 91°53′40″W / 36.05972°N 91.89444°W / 36.05972; -91.89444
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Izard
Area
 • Total 6.98 sq mi (18.07 km2)
 • Land 6.98 sq mi (18.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
610 ft (186 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,830
 • Density 262.29/sq mi (101.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72556
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-45080
GNIS feature ID 0077643
Website http://www.melbournear.com

Melbourne is a city in Izard County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,848 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of Izard County, and home to the main campus of Ozarka College.

Geography

Melbourne is located at 36°03′35″N 91°53′40″W / 36.059764°N 91.894396°W / 36.059764; -91.894396.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16 km2), all of it land.

List Of Highways

  • Arkansas 9.svg Arkansas Highway 9
  • Arkansas 69.svg Arkansas Highway 69

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 149
1890 209 40.3%
1900 256 22.5%
1910 282 10.2%
1920 295 4.6%
1930 380 28.8%
1940 567 49.2%
1950 568 0.2%
1960 571 0.5%
1970 1,043 82.7%
1980 1,619 55.2%
1990 1,562 −3.5%
2000 1,673 7.1%
2010 1,848 10.5%
2020 1,830 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2010 census there were 1,848 people in 787 households, including 476 families, in the city. The population density was 268.0 people per square mile (103.5/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 134.2 per square mile (51.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.55% White, 0.36% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60%.

Of the 736 households 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 35.3% of households were one person and 17.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.78.

The age distribution was 21.9% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.

The median household income was $22,757 and the median family income was $31,900. Males had a median income of $23,529 versus $18,264 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,110. About 14.5% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 21.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students is available from Melbourne School District, which leads students to graduate from Melbourne High School. The school's athletic emblem and mascot is the Bearkatz.

Notable people

  • Michelle Gray, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 62; resident with her husband, Dr. Adam Gray, of Melbourne
  • Glen D. Johnson - Member of the United States House of Representatives for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district; born in Melbourne, died 1983
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