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Sharp County
Map of Arkansas highlighting Sharp 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 July 18, 1868
Seat Ash Flat
Largest city Cherokee Village
 • Total 606 sq mi (1,570 km2)
 • Land 604 sq mi (1,560 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5 km2)  0.3%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 29/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Sharp County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,264. The county seat is Ash Flat. The county was formed on July 18, 1868, and named for Ephraim Sharp, a state legislator from the area.

Sharp County was featured on the PBS program Independent Lens for its 1906 "banishment" of all of its Black residents. A local newspaper at the time was quoted as saying that "The community is better off without them."


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 606 square miles (1,570 km2), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 62.svg U.S. Highway 62
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • US 412.svg U.S. Highway 412
  • Arkansas 56.svg Highway 56
  • Arkansas 58.svg Highway 58
  • Arkansas 175.svg Highway 175

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,400
1880 9,047 67.5%
1890 10,418 15.2%
1900 12,199 17.1%
1910 11,688 −4.2%
1920 11,132 −4.8%
1930 10,715 −3.7%
1940 11,497 7.3%
1950 8,999 −21.7%
1960 6,319 −29.8%
1970 8,233 30.3%
1980 14,607 77.4%
1990 14,109 −3.4%
2000 17,119 21.3%
2010 17,264 0.8%
Est. 2015 16,912 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Sharp County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Sharp County

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 17,119 people, 7,211 households, and 5,141 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 9,342 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.14% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,211 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.90% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 23.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,152, and the median income for a family was $29,691. Males had a median income of $23,329 versus $16,884 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,143. About 13.20% of families and 18.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.40% of those under age 18 and 13.20% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities


Sharp County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Sharp County, Arkansas as of 2010

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 Sharp 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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