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Star City, Arkansas
Clock tower on the town square
Clock tower on the town square
Location of Star City in Lincoln County, Arkansas.
Location of Star City in Lincoln County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lincoln
 • Total 4.80 sq mi (12.43 km2)
 • Land 4.80 sq mi (12.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
272 ft (83 m)
 • Total 2,173
 • Density 452.99/sq mi (174.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-66440
GNIS feature ID 0078447

Star City is a city in, and the county seat of, Lincoln County, Arkansas, United States. Incorporated in 1876, the city is located between the Arkansas Delta and Arkansas Timberlands. With an economy historically based on agriculture, today Star City has developed a diverse economy based on both industry and agriculture. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,274. Star City is located within the Pine Bluff metropolitan area.


Star City is located at 33°56′27″N 91°50′33″W / 33.94083°N 91.84250°W / 33.94083; -91.84250 (33.940947, -91.842575).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.

The city is between Monticello and Pine Bluff.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 204
1900 251 23.0%
1910 396 57.8%
1920 616 55.6%
1930 932 51.3%
1940 1,090 17.0%
1950 1,296 18.9%
1960 1,573 21.4%
1970 2,032 29.2%
1980 2,066 1.7%
1990 2,138 3.5%
2000 2,471 15.6%
2010 2,274 −8.0%
2020 2,173 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Star City racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,561 71.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 402 18.5%
Native American 6 0.28%
Asian 8 0.37%
Pacific Islander 1 0.05%
Other/Mixed 120 5.52%
Hispanic or Latino 75 3.45%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,173 people, 686 households, and 450 families residing in the city.

Arts and culture

See also: Culture of Arkansas

Star City, Arkansas was the setting for the 1992 police thriller film One False Move, starring actors Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton, and written by Thornton. However, only some filming was reportedly done there when it was actually shot in Cotton Plant, AR.

Annual cultural events

Star City is the home of the annual STARDAZE festival. The festival draws people from all over southeastern Arkansas.

In Popular Culture

Star City provides the setting for Carl Franklin's 1992 thriller film, One False Move, co-written by Arkansan, Billy Bob Thornton.


Star City High School
Star City High School

The Star City School District operates public schools: Jimmy Brown Elementary School, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School.



See also: Transportation of Arkansas


Highway 11 in Star City, AR
Highway 11 near the US 425 intersection in Star City

Star City is located at the intersection of US Highway 425 (US 425) and Highway 11 (AR 11). US 425 is a major north-south highway in southeast Arkansas and connects the city to Pine Bluff to the north and Monticello to the south. AR 11 provides access to Gould and US 65 to the east and US 63 to the west.

AR 530 currently terminates near Star City. This route is a two-lane freeway segment of a future extension of Interstate 530 (I-530) south to Monticello. In Monticello, the planned extension will connect to future Interstate 69, a proposed road connecting Port Huron, Michigan, and Rosenberg, Texas.

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