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Ouachita County
County of Ouachita
Ouachita County Courthouse in Camden
Ouachita County Courthouse in Camden
Map of Arkansas highlighting Ouachita 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 November 29, 1842
Seat Camden
Largest city Camden
Area
 • Total 740 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Land 733 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water 7.0 sq mi (18 km2)  0.9%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 26,120
 • Estimate 
(2019)
23,382
 • Density 35.30/sq mi (13.63/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Ouachita County ( WAH-shi-tah) is a county located in the south central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,120.

The county seat is Camden. Ouachita County is part of the Camden, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area. Formed on November 29, 1842, the county is named for the Ouachita River.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 740 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 733 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 7.0 square miles (18 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major Highways

  • US 79.svg U.S. Highway 79
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • Arkansas 4.svg Highway 4
  • Arkansas 7.svg Highway 7
  • Arkansas 9.svg Highway 9
  • Arkansas 24.svg Highway 24

Adjacent counties

Demographics

The county had its peak of population in 1950.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 9,591
1860 12,936 34.9%
1870 12,975 0.3%
1880 11,758 −9.4%
1890 17,033 44.9%
1900 20,892 22.7%
1910 21,774 4.2%
1920 20,636 −5.2%
1930 29,890 44.8%
1940 31,151 4.2%
1950 33,051 6.1%
1960 31,641 −4.3%
1970 30,896 −2.4%
1980 30,541 −1.1%
1990 30,574 0.1%
2000 28,790 −5.8%
2010 26,120 −9.3%
2019 (est.) 23,382 −10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Ouachita County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Ouachita County

2020 census

Ouachita County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 12,092 53.39%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8,856 39.1%
Native American 49 0.22%
Asian 123 0.54%
Pacific Islander 3 0.01%
Other/Mixed 1,011 4.46%
Hispanic or Latino 516 2.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 22,650 people, 9,658 households, and 6,009 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 26,120 people living in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 56.3% White, 39.9% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.4% from two or more races. 1.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Communities

Cities

Town

Census designated place

Unincorporated community

Townships

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 Ouachita 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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