Baxter County, Arkansas
|Baxter County, Arkansas|
Baxter County courthouse in Mountain Home, Arkansas
Location in the state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||March 24, 1873|
|Largest city||Mountain Home|
|• Total||586.74 sq mi (1,520 km2)|
|• Land||554.36 sq mi (1,436 km2)|
|• Water||32.38 sq mi (84 km2), 5.52%|
|• Density||77/sq mi (29.7/km²)|
Baxter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is in the northern part of the state, and shares a border with Missouri. It is commonly referred to as the Twin Lakes Area because it is bordered by two of Arkansas' largest lakes, Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake. On its southern border is the Norfork Tailwater and the Buffalo National River.
The county seat is Mountain Home, which is ranked as the 2nd Best Fishing Town in America by Field and Stream magazine and Baxter County today it is primarily known as a retirement and resort destination. Its Big Creek Golf Course has consistently earned 5 star ratings in Golf Digest magazine and is ranked in its top 10 places to play. It has also been rated the number 1 public course in Arkansas for four years in a row.
Baxter County is Arkansas's 66th county, formed on March 24, 1873 and named for Elisha Baxter, the tenth governor of Arkansas.
The Baxter Bulletin weekly newspaper was named in 1973 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as the "Best Overall Weekly Newspaper in the United States" in the over 10,000-circulation category. At the time it was published by Harold E. Martin and was the largest weekly paper in Arkansas.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 586.74 square miles (1,519.6 km2), of which 554.36 square miles (1,435.8 km2) (or 94.48%) is land and 32.38 square miles (83.9 km2) (or 5.52%) is water.
List of highways
- US 62/US 412
- U.S. Route 62 Business
- Arkansas Highway 5
- Arkansas Highway 14
- Arkansas Highway 101
- Arkansas Highway 126
- Arkansas Highway 177
- Arkansas Highway 178
- Arkansas Highway 201
- Arkansas Highway 202
- Arkansas Highway 201 Spur
- Arkansas Highway 263
- Arkansas Highway 341
- Arkansas Highway 342
- Arkansas Highway 345
- Ozark County, Missouri (north)
- Fulton County (east)
- Izard County (southeast)
- Stone County (south)
- Searcy County (southwest)
- Marion County (west)
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 38,386 people, 17,052 households, and 11,799 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 19,891 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.81% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,052 households out of which 22.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.65.
In the county the population was spread out with 19.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 21.10% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 26.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,106, and the median income for a family was $34,578. Males had a median income of $25,976 versus $18,923 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,859. About 7.90% of families and 11.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2010 Baxter County had a population of 41,513. The racial makeup was 95.96% Non-Hispanic whites, 0.16% blacks, 0.56% Native Americans, 0.41% Asians, 0.04% Pacific Islanders, 1.25% Non-Hispanics reporting more than one race and 1.66% Hispanic or Latino.
Cities and towns
Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Baxter County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses. 
|Population (2010 census)||Population
|Big Flat||90288||00069556||Big Flat||198||4.15||1.6||47.761||123.7||0.021||0.05439|
|Buckhorn||90525||00069557||Briarcliff, Norfork, Salesville||969||58.71||22.67||16.504||42.75||0.739||1.914|
|Independence||91818||00069561||Midway, Mountain Home||1891||59.06||32.3||32.018||82.93||0.027||0.06993|
|Mountain Home||92616||00069566||Mountain Home||19659||376.61||145.40||52.200||135.2||0.090||0.2331|
|Whiteville||94035||00069570||Cotter, Gassville, Mountain Home||4693||164.48||63.50||28.533||73.90||0.591||1.531|
|Source: "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files: County Subdivisions in Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.
Source: "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.
- Richard Antrim – naval rear admiral, World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient
- Wes Bentley – film actor
- Lonnie D. Bentley – professor and the head of the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University
- Robbie Branscum – writer of children's books and young adult fiction
- Johnny R. Key - member of the Arkansas State Senate from Baxter County since 2009
- Richard A. Knaak – author of Minotaur Wars and other contributions to Dragonlance
- Carolyn D. Wright – poet, born in Mountain Home.
- List of lakes in Baxter County, Arkansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Baxter County, Arkansas
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Table of United States primary census statistical areas
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Based on 2000 census data
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- US Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Baxter County, AR (Map). http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st05_ar/cou/c05005_baxter/BAS11C20500500000_000.pdf. Retrieved 20110726.
- Baxter County government's website
- Baxter County, Arkansas at the Open Directory Project
- Baxter County Map from the US Census Bureau
||Ozark County, Missouri|
|Marion County||Fulton County|
|Searcy County||Stone County||Izard County|