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Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
City
Walnut Ridge historic rail depot and now Amtrak station
Walnut Ridge historic rail depot and now Amtrak station
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lawrence
Area
 • Total 16.62 sq mi (43.05 km2)
 • Land 16.62 sq mi (43.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
269 ft (82 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,384
 • Density 323.95/sq mi (125.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72476
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-72890
GNIS feature ID 0078686

Walnut Ridge is a city in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 5098 at the United States Census's 2019 estimate. The city is the county seat of Lawrence County. Walnut Ridge lies immediately north of Hoxie. The two towns form a contiguous urban area with approximately 8,000 residents. Williams Baptist University is in College City, a formerly separate community that merged into Walnut Ridge in 2017.

History

Walnut Ridge was formally established in 1875 as a result of the railroad coming through the area. Previously there had been settlement in the area known as Old Walnut Ridge not far from the current city since about 1860.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30 km2), all land.

Climate

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.9
(48)
11.1
(52)
14.4
(58)
21.1
(70)
26.7
(80)
31.1
(88)
32.8
(91)
32.8
(91)
28.9
(84)
23.3
(74)
15
(59)
10
(50)
21.1
(70)
Average low °C (°F) -1.1
(30)
0.6
(33)
3.3
(38)
9.4
(49)
15
(59)
19.4
(67)
21.1
(70)
20
(68)
15
(59)
9.4
(49)
2.2
(36)
-0.6
(31)
9.4
(49)
Precipitation mm (inches) 132
(5.2)
109
(4.3)
102
(4)
99
(3.9)
124
(4.9)
97
(3.8)
91
(3.6)
74
(2.9)
64
(2.5)
86
(3.4)
117
(4.6)
86
(3.4)
1,181
(46.5)
Source: Weatherbase

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 301
1890 457 51.8%
1900 845 84.9%
1910 1,798 112.8%
1920 2,226 23.8%
1930 2,007 −9.8%
1940 2,013 0.3%
1950 3,106 54.3%
1960 3,547 14.2%
1970 3,800 7.1%
1980 4,152 9.3%
1990 4,388 5.7%
2000 4,925 12.2%
2010 4,890 −0.7%
2020 5,384 10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Walnut Ridge racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 4,793 89.02%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 99 1.84%
Native American 7 0.13%
Asian 26 0.48%
Pacific Islander 2 0.04%
Other/Mixed 276 5.13%
Hispanic or Latino 181 3.36%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,384 people, 1,754 households, and 1,230 families residing in the city.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students in most of the city is provided from the Lawrence County School District, which includes Walnut Ridge Elementary School and Walnut Ridge High School. Some portions are within the Hoxie School District, which operates Hoxie High School. The Walnut Ridge School District was in operation until July 1, 2006, when it merged with the Black Rock School District to form the Lawrence County district.

Infrastructure

Transportation

  • Walnut Ridge (Amtrak station)

List of highways

  • Future I-57 / US 67
  • US 67B.svg U.S. 67 Business
  • US 412.svg U.S. 412
  • Arkansas 34.svg Highway 34
  • Arkansas 91.svg Highway 91

Airport

  • Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (KARG)

Notable people

  • James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • Michelle Gray, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Izard County, former Walnut Ridge resident
  • David J. Sanders, member of the Arkansas State Senate from District 15, including part of Little Rock
  • Ehron VonAllen, Electronic musician, singer (birth name: Aaron Allen)
  • Washboard Sam, blues musician
  • Milt Yarberry, gunfighter, first town marshal of Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Glenn Yates Jr., architect and Virginia state legislator
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