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Star City, Arkansas
Clock tower on the town square
Clock tower on the town square
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lincoln
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 272 ft (83 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,471
 • Density 588.3/sq mi (226.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71667
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. 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 91.8425°W / 33.94083; -91.8425 (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%
Est. 2015 2,180 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,471 people, 875 households, and 603 families residing in the city. The population density was 587.5 people per square mile (226.6/km²). There were 972 housing units at an average density of 231.1 per square mile (89.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.93% White, 21.08% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.04% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 875 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 75.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,197, and the median income for a family was $40,156. Males had a median income of $34,107 versus $19,630 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,998. About 15.9% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

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.

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