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Sherwood, Arkansas
City
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Pulaski County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Incorporated (city) April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
Area
 • Total 20.8 sq mi (54.0 km2)
 • Land 20.6 sq mi (53.4 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 328 ft (100 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 29,523
 • Density 1,416.0/sq mi (546.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72120
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-63800
GNIS feature ID 0058612
Website www.ci.sherwood.ar.us
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Miss Arkansas Kelly George (left) with former Sherwood Mayor Danny Stedman

Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 29,523. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.

History

Sherwood was officially incorporated as a town on April 22, 1948. Next, Sherwood moved to a city of Second Class on September 16, 1957, and subsequently as a city of First Class on April 30, 1971.

Geography

Sherwood is located at 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139 (34.830890, -92.211514).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54.0 km2), of which 20.6 square miles (53.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.15%, is water.

Climate

Sherwood lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa) with influence from the humid continental climate type. Sherwood experiences all four seasons and does receive cold air masses from the north. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high of 92 °F (33 °C) and an average low of 73 °F (23 °C). Temperatures above 100 °F (37.8 °C) are somewhat common. January is the coldest month with an average high of 50 °F (10 °C) and an average low of 33 °F (1 °C). The city's highest temperature was 110 °F (43.3 °C), recorded in July 1986. The lowest temperature recorded was −6 °F (−21.1 °C), in January 1985.

Climate data for Sherwood, Arkansas (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27.2)
83
(28.3)
87
(30.6)
94
(34.4)
98
(36.7)
102
(38.9)
110
(43.3)
105
(40.6)
102
(38.9)
92
(33.3)
84
(28.9)
78
(25.6)
110
(43.3)
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(12.8)
64
(17.8)
73
(22.8)
80
(26.7)
88
(31.1)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
84
(28.9)
73
(22.8)
62
(16.7)
51
(10.6)
72
(22.22)
Average low °F (°C) 33
(0.6)
37
(2.8)
44
(6.7)
53
(11.7)
62
(16.7)
69
(20.6)
73
(22.8)
72
(22.2)
65
(18.3)
54
(12.2)
44
(6.7)
35
(1.7)
53.4
(11.9)
Record low °F (°C) −6
(-21.1)
4
(-15.6)
14
(-10)
30
(-1.1)
40
(4.4)
52
(11.1)
60
(15.6)
53
(11.7)
41
(5)
27
(-2.8)
14
(-10)
−2
(-18.9)
−6
(-21.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.42
(86.9)
3.80
(96.5)
4.77
(121.2)
4.79
(121.7)
4.96
(126)
3.31
(84.1)
3.81
(96.8)
2.80
(71.1)
3.31
(84.1)
4.80
(121.9)
5.39
(136.9)
5.01
(127.3)
50.17
(1,274.3)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 717
1960 1,222 70.4%
1970 2,754 125.4%
1980 10,423 278.5%
1990 18,893 81.3%
2000 21,511 13.9%
2010 29,523 37.2%
Est. 2015 30,517 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,511 people, 8,798 households, and 6,211 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,557.9 people per square mile (601.4/km²). There were 9,272 housing units at an average density of 671.5 per square mile (259.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.23% White, 17.83% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,798 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,838, and the median income for a family was $51,510. Males had a median income of $34,133 versus $25,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,515. In Sherwood, 6.3% of the population and 5.4% of families were below the poverty line. In addition, 9.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,523 people, 12,207 households, and 8,314 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 75.3% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 4.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,207 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

Gravel Ridge

The community of Gravel Ridge, located at 34°52′12″N 92°11′13″W / 34.87°N 92.18694°W / 34.87; -92.18694 (34.870068, -92.187069), was a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County that was annexed into the city of Sherwood in 2008. Gravel Ridge, located between western Jacksonville and the Sylvan Hills area of Sherwood, had a population of 3,232 and total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), as of the 2000 census.

Annexation

Gravel Ridge carried ties to both Jacksonville and Sherwood for many years. Its telephone number prefix is shared with Sherwood, while Gravel Ridge shares a ZIP code with Jacksonville. On February 5, 2008, a special election was held in Jacksonville for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Jacksonville. Upon the Jacksonville ballot issue being announced, Sherwood Mayor Hillman and the Sherwood city council ordered a special election for March 11, 2008, to gauge support for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Sherwood. In each of the cities' respective elections, each city's residents as well as the residents of Gravel Ridge voted. The proposal for annexation into either Jacksonville or Sherwood passed in each election. The result prompted a third special election for Gravel Ridge residents only on April 1, 2008, to vote on whether they wanted to be annexed into Sherwood or Jacksonville, with voters ultimately deciding in favor of annexation by Sherwood.

Gravel Ridge was formally annexed during the Sherwood city council meeting on April 28, 2008, during which the territory comprising the one-time census designated place was divided along Arkansas Highway 107 into additions to the first and second wards of Sherwood.

Voting results

Election Title Date of Election Choices Results Total Votes
Gravel Ridge Annexation April 1, 2008 Jacksonville 221 - 25.91% 853
Sherwood 632 - 74.09%
Sherwood Annexation March 11, 2008
Sherwood Residence
For 1193 - 86.32% 1382
Against 189 - 13.68%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 571 - 74.35% 768
Against 197 - 25.65%
Total
2,150
For 1764 - 82.05%
Against 386 - 17.95%
Jacksonville Annexation February 5, 2008
Jacksonville Residence
For 2958 - 75.59% 3913
Against 955 - 24.41%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 384 - 32.49% 1182
Against 798 - 67.51%
Total
5,095
For 3,342 - 65.59%
Against 1,753 - 34.41%

Places of interest

In addition to the city's 17 community parks and recreational facilities, the following places of interest exist:

  • Roundtop Filling Station—Historic gasoline filling station; listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Bill Harmon Recreation Center
  • The Greens at North Hills Municipal Golf Course; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Lake Cherrywood
  • Indianhead Lake
  • Cheer Time Revolution (from the show Cheer Perfection)

Notable events

North Hills Country Club controversy

The city was involved in a lawsuit over the development of North Hills Golf Course and Country Club, in the southern end of the city adjoining North Little Rock. A court date was scheduled in April 2008. Mayor Virginia Hillman repeatedly stated during her campaign for mayor for the special election that her plans were to put the issue to a vote for the citizens. A petition was circulated to hold an election on the issue, but the Sherwood City Council voted to go ahead with the acquisition despite Mayor Hillman's objections. The issue was last discussed at the Sherwood city council meeting at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, September 24, 2007. A re-zoning sign was placed on the North Hills property the week before Christmas of that year.

On July 21, 2008, the Sherwood City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the settlement of all litigated claims related to the property and structures commonly referred to as North Hill Country Club, which allowed the City of Sherwood to purchase of this property. Since the spring of 2010, the city operates the property as The Greens at North Hills Municipal Golf Course.

On July 28, 2010, the originally named Sylvan Hills Country Club Golf Course constructed in 1927 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2009 theft of city funds

In July 2009, after city officials were notified by Eagle Bank in December 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the theft of $219,913 in municipal funds. These funds were taken from the city’s checking account through an unauthorized online electronic transfer. This was the first time the city had experienced unauthorized accessing the city’s checking account via the internet. In response, city officials analyzed city’s security system to its financial network and additional safeguards and protections were implemented.

Debtor's Prison

Nikki Petree was released on August 25, 2016 after spending 35 days in county jail for bouncing a $28.93 check five years ago. Judge Milas Hale, who is accused of running a modern-day debtors' prison in Sherwood, Ark., sentenced the mother to jail; the Huffington Post reports Petree has been arrested seven times in connection with that charge and paid at least $640 to the city for the charge. She told the Post she still owes the city $1,300.

"Every time [I’d] go to jail, they’d let me out immediately for $100,” Petree said in an interview. “They’d turn around and add $600 or $700 more to my bond. I couldn’t afford to pay. They cornered me, and there was no way out from underneath it. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless.

Petree said prior to her sentencing, Judge Hale asked Petree how much money she could pay today. The judge and the city are facing a federal lawsuit over their alleged practice of unconstitutionally jailing defendants who are unable to pay court fines, fees, and costs.


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