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Perry County
Map of Arkansas highlighting Perry County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
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Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded December 18, 1840
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat Perryville
Largest city Perryville
 • Total 561 sq mi (1,450 km2)
 • Land 551 sq mi (1,430 km2)
 • Water 9.1 sq mi (24 km2)  1.6%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Its population was 10,445 at the 2010 United States Census. The county seat is Perryville. The county was formed on December 18, 1840, and named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero in the War of 1812. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Perry County is included in the Little RockNorth Little RockConway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 561 square miles (1,450 km2), of which 551 square miles (1,430 km2) is land and 9.1 square miles (24 km2) (1.6%) is water. It is the fourth-smallest county in Arkansas by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Major highways

  • Arkansas 7.svg Highway 7
  • Arkansas 9.svg Highway 9
  • Arkansas 10.svg Highway 10
  • Arkansas 60.svg Highway 60
  • Arkansas 113.svg Highway 113
  • Arkansas 300.svg Highway 300

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Ouachita National Forest (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 978
1860 2,465 152.0%
1870 2,685 8.9%
1880 3,872 44.2%
1890 5,538 43.0%
1900 7,294 31.7%
1910 9,402 28.9%
1920 9,905 5.3%
1930 7,695 −22.3%
1940 8,392 9.1%
1950 5,978 −28.8%
1960 4,927 −17.6%
1970 5,634 14.3%
1980 7,266 29.0%
1990 7,969 9.7%
2000 10,209 28.1%
2010 10,445 2.3%
Est. 2015 10,189 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Perry County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Perry County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 10,209 people, 3,989 households, and 2,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,702 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.62% White, 1.73% Black or African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,989 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,083, and the median income for a family was $37,170. Males had a median income of $28,254 versus $21,462 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,216. About 10.50% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.


Perry County is known for its Fourche River Days Festival held each year in April which includes a Car, Truck, & Motorcycle show, Live music, Vendors and children's activities. Perry County is also the location of Heifer Project International which provides food and knowledge for people all across the globe.





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 Perry 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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