Delaplaine, Arkansas

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Delaplaine, Arkansas
Town
Location in Greene County in the state of Arkansas
Location in Greene County in the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583Coordinates: 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Greene
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 276 ft (84 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 127
 • Density 115.5/sq mi (43.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72425
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-18010
GNIS feature ID 0076777

Delaplaine is a town in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 127 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Delaplaine was incorporated as a town in April 1912 but has a history that dates back to the time of the French explorations. Early settlers found remains of a French-Indian trading post at the site. When the St. Louis-Iron Mountain Railroad pushed lines into northern Arkansas in 1873 a station was established called Grey's Station. The name was later changed to the French "De La Plaine" (of the plain) in recognition of the earlier French trading post. The rail line provided the entire county with passenger and freight services, especially for the local timber industry. The county's first newspaper was published at Delaplaine in 1873 by James W. Wray.

Noteworthy Natives[edit]

Geography[edit]

Delaplaine is located at 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583 (36.232701, -90.725807).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 127 people, 49 households, and 36 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.0 inhabitants per square mile (44.6/km²). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 50.7 per square mile (19.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.76% White, and 10.24% from two or more races.

There were 49 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,000, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,076. There were no families and 0.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Education[edit]

Delaplaine was for many years home of the Delaplaine School District which included Delaplaine and rural northwest Greene County, O'Kean and rural southeast Randolph County, and the town of Peach Orchard in Clay County. In 2003, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 60 supported by then-Governor Mike Huckabee, that required every school district in the state that had a daily enrollment of less than 350 students to be consolidated with another school district. In 2004 the Delaplaine School District was consolidated with Greene County Tech School District in Paragould, Arkansas. Delaplaine High School and Delaplaine Elementary School were closed in 2007 by Greene County Tech. All of the former Delaplaine School District is now part of the Greene County Technical School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.