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Stuttgart, Arkansas
Downtown Stuttgart
Downtown Stuttgart
Nickname(s): 
"Rice and Duck Capital of the World"
Motto(s): 
"A Natural Place To Call Home"
Location of Stuttgart in Arkansas County, Arkansas.
Location of Stuttgart in Arkansas County, Arkansas.
Stuttgart, Arkansas is located in Arkansas
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Location in Arkansas
Stuttgart, Arkansas is located in the United States
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
County Arkansas
Area
 • Total 7.41 sq mi (19.20 km2)
 • Land 7.41 sq mi (19.20 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
210 ft (64 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,264
 • Density 1,114.80/sq mi (430.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72160
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-67490
GNIS feature ID 0058703
Stuttgart Arkansas Chamber of Commerce

Stuttgart is a city in and the county seat of the northern district of Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States. It is located on U.S. Route 165, approximately 45 miles (72 km) southeast of Little Rock; and on U.S. Route 79 approximately 110 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee. Stuttgart is also on the Union Pacific Railroad between Memphis, Tennessee, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,326.

History

Stuttgart was founded by Reverend Adam Bürkle, a native of Plattenhardt in Germany. He moved to the United States in 1852 and founded a settlement at Gum Pond after living in Ohio. In 1880, he opened a post office and had thus to name the village. In honor of his home he named it after Stuttgart, then capital of the Kingdom of Württemberg. In 1882, the Texas and St. Louis railroad was opened. Stuttgart became a city in 1884, and in 1904, rice farming was first introduced in the Stuttgart area. Stuttgart's first Post Office General was a Black man named Martin Toms according to the US Census.

Geography

Stuttgart is located at 34°29′49″N 91°33′3″W / 34.49694°N 91.55083°W / 34.49694; -91.55083 (34.497043, -91.550917).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.7 km2), all land. Hard clay underlying the area's topsoil makes Stuttgart a good place to grow rice, which grows best in flooded fields made possible by the clay. The geography is mainly flat with no outstanding mountainous features with the exception of "WBA Mountain", a small artificial mound located west of the city.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 2,740
1920 4,522 65.0%
1930 4,927 9.0%
1940 5,628 14.2%
1950 7,276 29.3%
1960 9,661 32.8%
1970 10,477 8.4%
1980 10,941 4.4%
1990 10,420 −4.8%
2000 9,745 −6.5%
2010 9,326 −4.3%
2020 8,264 −11.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Stuttgart racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 4,280 51.79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,145 38.06%
Native American 17 0.21%
Asian 70 0.85%
Pacific Islander 7 0.08%
Other/Mixed 338 4.09%
Hispanic or Latino 407 4.92%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 8,264 people, 3,607 households, and 2,197 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,326 people living in the city. 58.7% were White, 36.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 2.4% from other races and 1.4% from two or more races. 3.5% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Stuttgart has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Arts and culture

Annual cultural events

There is a carnival every year during the Fall Festival. There is also a German Heritage Festival every year.

In popular culture

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Rural Stuttgart, looking toward town

The 1989 movie Rosalie Goes Shopping, directed by Percy Adlon and starring Marianne Sägebrecht, was set in Stuttgart. The city drew media attention during the sixth cycle of America's Next Top Model in the spring of 2006 when Stuttgart resident Furonda Brasfield was featured among the contestants.

A tornado that struck Stuttgart was featured on the November 9, 2008 episode of Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel, footage of the actual tornado was shot by Jeff Piotrowski of TwisterChasers.Com and was used by The Discovery Channel for the Storm Chasers Series. The DOW-6 and TornadoVideos.net teams chased the Stuttgart storm into the town.

Economy

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Riceland grain storage in Stuttgart
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Mack's Prairie Wings

Stuttgart is home to Mack's Prairie Wings, known around the world as the premier waterfowl sports outfitter, through their store and online presence. During the third week in November (Thanksgiving Week), Stuttgart holds the World Championship Duck Calling Contest that brings in people of all ages from around the world to show off their talent using a duck call.

Riceland Foods, a farmer-owned agricultural marketing cooperative and world's largest miller and marketer of rice, is headquartered in Stuttgart.

Producers Rice Mill, another farmer-owned agricultural marketing cooperative that is also among the largest millers and marketers of rice is also headquartered in Stuttgart.

Lennox Industries - Stuttgart has a Lennox Air Conditioner factory.

Stratton Seed - Stuttgart is home to Stratton Seed, a large marketer of soybeans and soybean seed.

Layne Arkansas - Stuttgart is home to Layne Arkansas, a business that installs water pumping wells to irrigate farms, and also installs city water systems.

Baptist Hospital - Stuttgart also has a branch of the Baptist Hospital Group which serves a large part of Arkansas. The Stuttgart Baptist Hospital is a central hospital for much of the surrounding region - - Arkansas County, Prairie County, Monroe County, Western Phillips, Northern Jefferson County, and Eastern Lonoke County. It is one of the largest employers in Stuttgart.

The University of Arkansas' Dale Bumpers Rice Research Center, about seven miles east of Stuttgart, employs a team of scientific researchers who breed new varieties of rice, and is one of the biggest employers in the area.

Delta Plastics of the South is a manufacturer of plastic irrigation tubes used for watering crops. These tubes are a replacement for more rigid plastic or aluminum pipe systems that used to be used to irrigate. One of Delta Plastics' manufacturing plants is located in Stuttgart, and is a big employer in the area.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students is primarily provided by Stuttgart Public Schools, which leads to graduation from Stuttgart High School.

Stuttgart also has Saint John's Lutheran Elementary School, and Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School (of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock), and Grand Prairie Christian School.

Stuttgart also has a branch of Phillips County Community College, a two-year junior college (that also has campuses in Helena and DeWitt), which is affiliated with the University of Arkansas system.

Infrastructure

Healthcare

Stuttgart and the surrounding area are served by Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart, a 49-bed acute care facility. The facility originally opened in 1957 under the name Stuttgart Memorial Hospital, then became Stuttgart Regional Medical Center. It took its current name in 2007 when it became part of the Baptist Health System based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Notable people

  • Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name, born in Stuttgart
  • Fonda Hawthorne, Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Little River County; born in Stuttgart in 1956
  • Oren O'Neal, Former NFL Fullback; Oakland Raiders Team Rookie of the Year 2007.
  • John Dillon, founding member of the rock band Ozark Mountain Daredevils, which had the hits "Jackie Blue" and "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" during the 1970s, attended Stuttgart Public Schools.
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