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Nevada County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Nevada County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1871
Seat Prescott
Largest City Prescott
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

621 sq mi (1,608 km²)
618 sq mi (1,601 km²)
2.8 sq mi (7 km²), 0.5%
 - (2015)
 - Density

15/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: state of Nevada

Nevada County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,997. The county seat is Prescott. Nevada County is Arkansas's 63rd county, formed on March 20, 1871, from portions of Hempstead, Ouachita and Columbia Counties. It was named after the state of Nevada because of the perceived similarity between their physical shapes; the Arkansas county's shape roughly follows the same outline as the state's boundary when inverted. In contrast with the name of the state, the local pronunciation for the southwestern Arkansas county is "nuh-VAY-duh". It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Dorcheat Bayou, a 122-mile stream, begins in Nevada County. It flows south into Columbia County and then Webster Parish, Louisiana, and empties into Lake Bistineau. In the 19th century, the bayou was navigable for three to six months by steamboat from Bistineau to Minden. It is now popular for fishing and natural beauty.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 621 square miles (1,610 km2), of which 618 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.5%) is water. The county is bounded on the north by the Little Missouri River, a branch of the Ouachita River, and drained by several tributaries of that stream and of Red River. Nevada County is alternately considered as part of the greater regions of South Arkansas or Southwest Arkansas.

Major highways

  • I-30 (AR).svg Interstate 30
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • US 371.svg U.S. Highway 371
  • Arkansas 19.svg Highway 19
  • Arkansas 24.svg Highway 24
  • Arkansas 32.svg Highway 32
  • Arkansas 51.svg Highway 51
  • Arkansas 53.svg Highway 53

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12,959
1890 14,832 14.5%
1900 16,609 12.0%
1910 19,344 16.5%
1920 21,934 13.4%
1930 20,407 −7.0%
1940 19,869 −2.6%
1950 14,781 −25.6%
1960 10,700 −27.6%
1970 10,111 −5.5%
1980 11,097 9.8%
1990 10,101 −9.0%
2000 9,955 −1.4%
2010 8,997 −9.6%
Est. 2015 8,558 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Nevada County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Nevada County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 9,955 people, 3,893 households, and 2,721 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,751 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.90% White, 31.18% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.85% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 1.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,893 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.90% were married couples living together, 14.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,962, and the median income for a family was $33,095. Males had a median income of $27,888 versus $17,920 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,184. About 18.30% of families and 22.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.00% of those under age 18 and 27.10% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated place


Nevada County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Nevada 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 Nevada 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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