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Reader, Arkansas
Street sign in Reader
Street sign in Reader
Location in Ouachita County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Ouachita County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Ouachita, Nevada
 • Total 2.34 sq mi (6.05 km2)
 • Land 2.34 sq mi (6.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
194 ft (59 m)
 • Total 40
 • Density 17.11/sq mi (6.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 05-58400
GNIS feature ID 0078139

Reader is an unincorporated census-designated place in Nevada and Ouachita counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, its population is 66. The population was 82 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town. The town disincorporated in 2002.

The Nevada County portion of Reader is part of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the Ouachita County portion is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Reader is located at 33°45′9″N 93°5′58″W / 33.75250°N 93.09944°W / 33.75250; -93.09944 (33.752444, -93.099569).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 2.3 mi² (6.1 km²), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 251
1940 145 −42.2%
1950 79 −45.5%
1960 86 8.9%
1970 143 66.3%
1980 127 −11.2%
1990 56 −55.9%
2000 82 46.4%
2010 66 −19.5%
2020 40 −39.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 66 people living in the CDP. The racial makeup of the CDP was 48.5% White, 42.4% Black, 7.6% Asian and 1.5% from two or more races.

As of the census of 2000, there were 82 people, 28 households, and 19 families living in the town. The population density was 35.0/mi2 (13.5/km2). There were 43 housing units at an average density of 18.4/mi2 (7.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 50.0% White and 50.0% Black or African American.

There were 28 households, out of which 57.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the town the population was spread out, with 42.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 6.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,375, and the median income for a family was $14,583. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,037. There were 39.1% of families and 38.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including 42.9% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


Public education for elementary and secondary school students in the Ouachita County section is available from Camden Fairview School District, which leads to graduation from Camden Fairview High School.

Residents in the Nevada County portion are zoned to the Prescott School District, which operates Prescott Elementary School, McRae Middle School, and Prescott High School.

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