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Rison, Arkansas
Cleveland County Courthouse in Rison - listed on National Register of Historic Places
Cleveland County Courthouse in Rison - listed on National Register of Historic Places
Location of Rison in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
Location of Rison in Cleveland County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Cleveland
 • Total 3.27 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Land 3.27 sq mi (8.48 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
269 ft (82 m)
 • Total 967
 • Density 295.27/sq mi (113.99/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 870 Exchange: 325
FIPS code 05-59480
GNIS feature ID 0058495

Rison is a city in and the county seat of Cleveland County, Arkansas, United States. Its population was 1,344 at the 2010 U.S. census. It is included in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Rison is a bedroom community for people who work in Pine Bluff (in neighboring Jefferson County). The largest employers are the city and county governments, the Cleveland County School District, the Cleveland County Nursing Home. There are two banks, eight churches, and about forty-five businesses within the city limits. Among the local properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places are the Rison Cities Service Station and the Rison Texaco Service Station.


Rison had its start in 1883, shortly after the railroad was built through that territory. It was named for William Richard Rison, an Alabama banker and friend of the founder of the town.


Rison is located in north-central Cleveland County at 33°57′26″N 92°11′23″W / 33.957089°N 92.189711°W / 33.957089; -92.189711. U.S. Route 79 passes through the western side of the city, leading northeast 25 miles (40 km) to Pine Bluff and southwest 17 miles (27 km) to Fordyce.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 453
1910 725 60.0%
1920 685 −5.5%
1930 876 27.9%
1940 1,005 14.7%
1950 953 −5.2%
1960 889 −6.7%
1970 1,214 36.6%
1980 1,325 9.1%
1990 1,258 −5.1%
2000 1,271 1.0%
2010 1,344 5.7%
2020 967 −28.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Rison racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 540 55.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 332 34.33%
Native American 4 0.41%
Other/Mixed 42 4.34%
Hispanic or Latino 49 5.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 967 people, 498 households, and 297 families residing in the city.


Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students in the city limits of Rison is provided by the Cleveland County School District, which is headquartered in Rison. Students graduate from Rison High School. The district was established by the July 1, 2004 consolidation of the Rison School District and the Kingsland School District.

Notable people

  • Jeremy James, singer/songwriter originally from Rison
  • Tyrell Johnson, NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Jerry Taylor, Arkansas legislator and businessman
  • Buddy Turner, Arkansas legislator
  • Ed Wilson, Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame

See also

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