Greenbrier, Arkansas

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Greenbrier, Arkansas
Location in Faulkner County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Faulkner County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°13′46″N 92°23′21″W / 35.22944°N 92.38917°W / 35.22944; -92.38917Coordinates: 35°13′46″N 92°23′21″W / 35.22944°N 92.38917°W / 35.22944; -92.38917
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Faulkner
 • Total 7.7 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Land 7.7 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,706
 • Density 395.1/sq mi (151.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72058
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-28510
GNIS feature ID 0077068

Greenbrier is a city in Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,706 in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Greenbrier is represented in the Arkansas House of Representatives by the Republican Stephen Meeks.


Prior to European settlement, Native American tribes, including the Quapaw and later the Cherokee Indians, lived in the area. Several historical figures of the Wild West such as Jim Bowie and Jesse James passed through the Greenbrier region toward Oklahoma and Texas. Settlers such as the Wiley brothers settled near East Fork Cadron around 1818, which is about eight miles east of Greenbrier today. In 1837, Jonathan Hardin settled near the Wiley settlement. Also in the early 19th century, the Casharagos settled north of Greenbrier in the present community of Republican.

Greenbrier is a town that developed from a minor brothel on the Butterfield Stagecoach route into a bustling city. The town was named for the greenbriar vines which grew along the creek through the town. Greenbrier is located 12 miles north of Conway on Highway 65. Recent years have seen continued growth as Greenbrier becomes a bedroom community for nearby Conway.


Greenbrier is located at 35°13′46″N 92°23′21″W / 35.22944°N 92.38917°W / 35.22944; -92.38917 (35.229444, -92.389052).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 km2), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,042 people, 1,137 households, and 892 families residing in the city. The population density was 392.6 people per square mile (151.6/km²). There were 1,247 housing units at an average density of 160.9 per square mile (62.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,137 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,351, and the median income for a family was $43,125. Males had a median income of $28,699 versus $24,630 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,950. About 7.2% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

2010 Census[edit]


Total Population: 2,915,918

Housing Status[edit]

( in housing units unless noted )
Total: 1,316,299
Occupied: 1,147,084
Owner-occupied: 768,156
Population in owner-occupied
( number of individuals ): 1,929,218
Renter-occupied: 378,928
Population in renter-occupied
( number of individuals ): 907,769
Households with individuals under 18: 378,920
Vacant: 169,215
Vacant: for rent 46,443
Vacant: for sale 18,500

Population by Sex/Age[edit]

Male: 1,431,637
Female: 1,484,281
Under 18: 711,475
18 & over: 2,204,443
20 - 24: 199,650
25 - 34: 375,892
35 - 49: 571,752
50 - 64: 552,713
65 & over: 419,981

Population by Ethnicity[edit]

Hispanic or Latino: 186,050
Non Hispanic or Latino: 2,729,868

Population by Race[edit]

White: 2,245,229
African American: 449,895
Asian: 36,102
American Indian and Alaska Native: 22,248
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 5,863
Other: 99,571
Identified by two or more: 57,010


Public education for elementary and secondary school students is primarily provided by the Greenbrier School District, which leads to graduation from Greenbrier High School.

February 2011 Earthquakes[edit]

On February 27, 2011, a 4.7 earthquake hit just outside of Greenbrier. The quake was felt in several adjacent states, and as far away as Iowa. A swarm of almost 800 earthquakes have hit Arkansas since September 2010.[3]


  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. 
  3. ^ Sarah Eddington, "Largest Earthquake in 35 Years Hits Arkansas", Associated Press via Kansas City Star (February 28, 2011)