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Newport, Arkansas
Former Jackson County Courthouse in Newport
Former Jackson County Courthouse in Newport
Location of Newport in Jackson County, Arkansas.
Location of Newport in Jackson County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°36′43″N 91°15′44″W / 35.61194°N 91.26222°W / 35.61194; -91.26222Coordinates: 35°36′43″N 91°15′44″W / 35.61194°N 91.26222°W / 35.61194; -91.26222
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Jackson
 • Total 13.80 sq mi (35.75 km2)
 • Land 13.55 sq mi (35.10 km2)
 • Water 0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
223 ft (68 m)
 • Total 8,005
 • Density 590.73/sq mi (228.08/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-49580
GNIS feature ID 0077846

Newport is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, Arkansas, United States located on the White River 84 miles (135 km) northeast of Little Rock. The population was 7,879 at the 2010 census.

Newport is home to a campus of the Arkansas State University system, with particular focus on training in transportation careers. Newport is known as the town in which Sam Walton owned a Ben Franklin store prior to starting Wal-Mart.

Newport has ten properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.7 square miles (35.5 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (34.8 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.7 km2), or 1.92%, is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Newport has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 683
1890 1,571 130.0%
1900 2,866 82.4%
1910 3,557 24.1%
1920 3,771 6.0%
1930 4,547 20.6%
1940 4,301 −5.4%
1950 6,254 45.4%
1960 7,007 12.0%
1970 7,725 10.2%
1980 8,339 7.9%
1990 7,459 −10.6%
2000 7,811 4.7%
2010 7,879 0.9%
2020 8,005 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, the city's residents comprised 7,811 people in 2,690 households 1,702 families. The population density was 599.2 people per square mile (231.5/km2). There were 3,118 housing units at an average density of 239.2 per square mile (92.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 56.57% White, 41.76% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,690 households, out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

19.6% of the population were under the age of 18, 16.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,853, and the median per capita income was $13,867. About 23.6% of families and 28.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.6% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.


Elementary and secondary education

Newport is supported with public education from the Newport School District, including Newport High School.

Postsecondary education

The main campus of the two-year community college, Arkansas State University-Newport is located here.

Notable people


Entertainment and literature

Politics, military, and education

  • Mike Beebe, former Governor of Arkansas
  • Les Eaves, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from White County; businessman in Newport
  • Kaneaster Hodges, Jr., appointed to succeed John McClellan as United States Senator upon McClellan's death in 1977
  • Paul K. Holmes III, federal judge
  • Ed Madden, activist, poet, and professor at the University of South Carolina
  • Admiral Charles Ray, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Martha Shoffner, Treasurer of the State of Arkansas from 2007 to 2013
  • Robert L. Stanton, born and raised in Newport; he became a dentist and in 1932 the first African American to be elected to the Indiana State House on the Democratic Party ticket, serving two terms
  • Dwight Tosh, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Jonesboro; former Newport resident and former state police officer
  • Jim Wood, Arkansas State Auditor from 2003 to 2011


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