Des Arc, Arkansas

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Des Arc, Arkansas
Location in Prairie County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Prairie County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°58′32″N 91°30′2″W / 34.97556°N 91.50056°W / 34.97556; -91.50056Coordinates: 34°58′32″N 91°30′2″W / 34.97556°N 91.50056°W / 34.97556; -91.50056
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Prairie
 • Total 2 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,933
 • Density 966.5/sq mi (364.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72040
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-18550
GNIS feature ID 0076785

Des Arc is a city in and the county seat of the northern district of Prairie County, Arkansas, United States.[1] The population was 1,933 at the 2000 census.


Des Arc is located at 34°58′32″N 91°30′2″W / 34.97556°N 91.50056°W / 34.97556; -91.50056 (34.975426, -91.500671).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) is land and 0.49% is water.

Points of interest[edit]

Des Arc has seven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Bethel House, at Erwin and 2nd Streets, designed by architect Charles L. Thompson.[3]


The White River at Des Arc, Arkansas

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,933 people, 783 households, and 534 families residing in the city. The population density was 948.0 people per square mile (365.9/km²). There were 850 housing units at an average density of 416.9 per square mile (160.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.03% White, 14.80% Black or African American, 1.30% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.62% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 783 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 29.4% 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 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $28,264. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,629. About 16.3% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.2% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.


Des Arc is served by the Des Arc School District.[5]

Des Arc Pre-K

Des Arc Elementary School K-6

Des Arc High School 7-12


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Des Arc has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Des Arc School District
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Des Arc, Arkansas