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Pulaski County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the USA highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 15, 1818
Seat Little Rock
Largest City Little Rock
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

808 sq mi (2,093 km²)
760 sq mi (1,968 km²)
48 sq mi (124 km²), 5.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

392,664
504/sq mi (195/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://pulaskicounty.net/
Named for: Casimir Pulaski

Pulaski County is a county in the U.S. state of Arkansas with a population of 392,664, making it the most populous county in Arkansas. Its county seat is Little Rock, which is also Arkansas's capital and largest city. Pulaski County is Arkansas's fifth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Hempstead counties. The county is named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who saved George Washington's life during the American Revolutionary War.

Pulaski County is included in the Little Rock–North Little RockConway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area which had 731,612 people in the 2015 census estimates. The Little Rock, North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area had 904,469 people in the 2015 census estimates.

History

An 1863 American Civil War battle, the Battle of Bayou Fourche, occurred in Pulaski County. Pulaski County is also home to Willow Springs Water Park, which is one of the oldest waterparks in the nation, opening in 1928.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 808 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 760 square miles (2,000 km2) is land and 48 square miles (120 km2) (5.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-30
  • I-40
  • I-430
  • I-440
  • I-530
  • I-630
  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 5.svg Highway 5
  • Arkansas 10.svg Highway 10
  • Arkansas 100.svg Highway 100
  • Arkansas 161.svg Highway 161
  • Arkansas 300.svg Highway 300
  • Arkansas 338.svg Highway 338
  • Arkansas 365.svg Highway 365
  • Arkansas 367.svg Highway 367

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,395
1840 5,350 123.4%
1850 5,657 5.7%
1860 11,699 106.8%
1870 32,066 174.1%
1880 32,616 1.7%
1890 47,329 45.1%
1900 63,179 33.5%
1910 86,751 37.3%
1920 109,464 26.2%
1930 137,727 25.8%
1940 156,085 13.3%
1950 196,685 26.0%
1960 242,980 23.5%
1970 287,189 18.2%
1980 340,613 18.6%
1990 349,660 2.7%
2000 361,474 3.4%
2010 382,748 5.9%
Est. 2015 392,664 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Pulaski County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Pulaski County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 361,474 people, 147,942 households, and 95,718 families residing in the county. The population density was 469 people per square mile (181/km²). There were 161,135 housing units at an average density of 209 per square mile (81/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.96% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 2.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 147,942 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.90% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,120, and the median income for a family was $46,523. Males had a median income of $33,131 versus $25,943 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,466. About 10.40% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

PulaskiCoCrthse AR
Evening at the original portion of the Pulaski County Courthouse, in downtown Little Rock.

Cities

Town

Census-designated places

Other communities

Townships

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "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. Pulaski County only has two townships, as of 2010. They are listed below.

Township FIPS code ANSI code
(GNIS ID)
Population
center(s)
Pop.
(2010)
Pop.
density
(/mi²)
Pop.
density
(/km²)
Land area
(mi²)
Land area
(km²)
Water area
(mi²)
Water area
(km²)
Geographic coordinates
Big Rock 05-90300 69013 Alexander, Cammack Village, Little Rock, Wrightsville 219,984 506.7 195.6 404.014 1,046 30.148 78.08 34°44′30″N 92°24′43″W / 34.741774°N 92.412071°W / 34.741774; -92.412071
Hill 05-91731 69014 Jacksonville, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Sherwood 162,764 435.8 168.3 355.750 921.4 17.753 45.98 34°48′12″N 92°11′32″W / 34.803240°N 92.192098°W / 34.803240; -92.192098
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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