Gassville, Arkansas

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Gassville, Arkansas
City
Location in Baxter County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Baxter County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°16′59″N 92°29′24″W / 36.28306°N 92.49000°W / 36.28306; -92.49000Coordinates: 36°16′59″N 92°29′24″W / 36.28306°N 92.49000°W / 36.28306; -92.49000
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Baxter
Incorporated January 20, 1903
Named for P. A. Cox, town founder and a talkative man nicknamed a "gasser"[1]
Government
 • Type Mayor-city council
Area
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 764 ft (233 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,158
 • Density 501.8/sq mi (191.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72635
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-26050
GNIS feature ID 0077002
Website http://www.gassville.com/

Gassville (formerly Mount Pleasant and Turkey's Neck) is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 2,158.

Geography[edit]

Gassville is located at 36°16′59″N 92°29′24″W / 36.28306°N 92.49000°W / 36.28306; -92.49000 (36.283160, -92.490124).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), all of it land.

Major highways[edit]

Education[edit]

Gassville is served by the Cotter School District and students attend Cotter High School to graduate from public schooling.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 198
1920 191 −3.5%
1930 227 18.8%
1940 228 0.4%
1950 273 19.7%
1960 233 −14.7%
1970 434 86.3%
1980 859 97.9%
1990 1,167 35.9%
2000 1,706 46.2%
2010 2,158 26.5%
UVA Census Browser 1880-1950[4]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 2,158 people, 688 households, and 502 families residing in the city. The population density was 508.1 people per square mile (192.6/km²). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 208.3 per square mile (80.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.83% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 653 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,478, and the median income for a family was $30,481. Males had a median income of $22,955 versus $17,267 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,221. About 11.7% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

  • John "Johnie" Winfield Hallmark - Born in Gassville on December 2, 1919 to William "Bill" Ellis Hallmark and Mary Betty Lois née Thompson. Johnie Hallmark was serving as a US Navy Seaman 1st Class aboard the USS Nevada (BB-36), a World War I era battleship, which was anchored adjacent to Ford Island and ahead of the USS Arizona (BB-39) on Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. Sea1c Hallmark died on board the Nevada during the Japanese attack [1] that morning and his remains were never recovered [2].

Notable events[edit]

On February 4, 2006, Gassville police officer Jim Sell was fatally shot when attempting to apprehend Jacob D. Robida, a fugitive wanted in connection with a Massachusetts hate crime.

On February 5, 2008, Gassville was devastated by a tornado. The town was sealed off, due to the possibility of gas leaks causing an explosion.

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