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Stamps, Arkansas
City
Location in Lafayette County, Arkansas
Location in Lafayette County, Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lafayette
Area
 • Total 3.15 sq mi (8.17 km2)
 • Land 3.05 sq mi (7.91 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation
308 ft (94 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,258
 • Density 412.19/sq mi (159.12/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
71860
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-66320
GNIS feature ID 0058678

Stamps is a city in Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,693 at the 2010 census, down from 2,131 at the 2000 census.

History

A post office has been in operation in Stamps since 1887. The community has the name of the local Stamps family. Stamps was the shop headquarters for the former Louisiana and Arkansas Railway until the relocation in the early 1920s to Minden in Webster Parish in north Louisiana.

Stamps has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. An early postmaster quipped Stamps is "the only town in the U.S. that stamps Stamps on stamps."

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2). 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (2.54%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,021
1910 2,316 126.8%
1920 2,564 10.7%
1930 2,705 5.5%
1940 2,405 −11.1%
1950 2,552 6.1%
1960 2,591 1.5%
1970 2,448 −5.5%
1980 2,859 16.8%
1990 2,478 −13.3%
2000 2,131 −14.0%
2010 1,693 −20.6%
2020 1,258 −25.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Stamps racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 485 38.55%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 693 55.09%
Native American 6 0.48%
Asian 6 0.48%
Other/Mixed 44 3.5%
Hispanic or Latino 24 1.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,258 people, 657 households, and 378 families residing in the city.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary students is provided by the Lafayette County School District, which includes Lafayette County Elementary School and Lafayette County High School. The school's mascot and athletic emblem is the Cougar.

On July 1, 2003, the Stamps School District consolidated with the Lewisville School District to form the Lafayette County district.

Infrastructure

Highways

  • US 82.svg U.S. Highway 82
  • Arkansas 53.svg Arkansas Highway 53

Notable people

  • Maya Angelou (1928-2014), raised in Stamps by her paternal grandmother – author and poet
  • George Doherty (1920-1987), mathematics and physical education teacher in Stamps – American football player and inspirational coach
  • Earl T. Ricks (1908-1954), raised in Stamps – United States Air Force major general
  • Rolling Thunder (1916–1997), born in Stamps – self-identified hippie medicine man

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