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Smithville, Arkansas
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lawrence
 • Total 0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Land 0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
351 ft (107 m)
 • Total 87
 • Density 130.63/sq mi (50.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-64910
GNIS feature ID 0058647

Smithville is a town in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 78 at the 2010 census.


Euro-American settlers first came to the area of Smithville in 1808.

Smithville became the county seat of modern-day Lawrence County in 1837. The county seat was later moved to Powhatan in 1869, after the Civil War. This was done in part to take advantage of riverboat commerce along Black River.

Smithville is also the nearest town for the final shoot-out between law enforcement and the infamous tax fugitive Gordon Kahl on June 2, 1983, in which Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Matthews was also killed. Smithville lies a few miles south of the actual shootout location.

Smithville sits at the crossroads for Western Lawrence County, with Highway 117 running east to Black Rock and southwest to Strawberry. Highway 115 runs north to Imboden (and thus connects to US 412) and southward to Cave City in Sharp County.


Smithville is located at 36°4′48″N 91°18′14″W / 36.08000°N 91.30389°W / 36.08000; -91.30389 (36.080031, -91.303781).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.


Smithville lies is nestled in the Ozark Foothills on the Salem Plateau, which is a part of the larger Ozark Plateau. The eastern third of Smithville is a low-lying area, prone to flooding from Machine Creek. The center of Smithville is atop a small hill. As one travels west or north of Smithville, rolling hills can be found in either direction. West of Smithville lies Peebles Bluff.

Regionally, Smithville lies approximately in the center of the Cooper Creek Watershed Improvement District. This district consists of a series of reservoirs designed to mitigate flooding. Local names have been applied to these reservoirs:

Site 1: West Cooper Creek Lake Site 2: East Cooper Creek Lake Site 3: Dogwood Lake Site 4: Machine Lake Site 5: Goff Lake Site 6: Ed's Lake

List Of Highways

  • Arkansas 115.svg Highway 115
  • Arkansas 117.svg Highway 117


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 89
1980 113 27.0%
1990 86 −23.9%
2000 73 −15.1%
2010 78 6.8%
2020 87 11.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 73 people, 33 households, and 22 families residing in the town. The population density was 47.0/km2 (121.5/mi2). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 26.4/km2 (68.2/mi2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.26% White, 1.37% Black or African American and 1.37% Native American.

There were 33 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.9% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 30.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,250, and the median income for a family was $45,250. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,687. There were 11.1% of families and 26.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 32.0% of under eighteens and 53.3% of those over 64.


Smithville is in the Hillcrest School District.

It was formerly in the Lynn School District. On July 1, 2004, it merged into the Hillcrest district.

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