The historic Johnson Mill
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
|• City||3.1 sq mi (8 km2)|
|• Land||3.1 sq mi (8 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,198 ft (365 m)|
|• Density||1,081.9/sq mi (417.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0077381|
Johnson is a town in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains and is surrounded by valleys and natural springs. Early settlers took advantage of these natural features and formed an economy based on mining lime, the Johnson Mill and trout. Although a post office was opened in the community in 1886, Johnson did not incorporate until it required the development of a city government to provide utility services in 1961. Located between Fayetteville and Springdale in the heart of the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Johnson has been experiencing a population and building boom in recent years, as indicated by a 46% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.
Johnson is located at  between Fayetteville and Springdale. The town is located off of Exit 69 on I-540 in Northwest Arkansas.(36.133867, -94.165937)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,319 people, 928 households, and 638 families residing in the city. The population density was 751.2 people per square mile (289.8/km²). There were 990 housing units at an average density of 320.7/sq mi (123.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.55% White, 1.42% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. 3.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 928 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 42.8% from 25 to 44, 13.6% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $44,556, and the median income for a family was $51,618. Males had a median income of $35,189 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,502. About 5.4% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Johnson is operated under a mayor/council governmental system. The City Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
- Mayor Buddy Curry
- Recorder/treasurer Jennifer Allen
- City Judge Diane Boyd
- City Attorney Daniel Wright
- Police Chief Vernon Sisemore
- Fire Chief Matt Mills
- Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield
- Code Enforcement Officer Paul Sullins
- Councilmember Richard McMullen
- Councilmember Tom Bramlett
- Councilmember Bill Burnett
- Councilmember Dan Cross
- Councilmember Dr. Bob Fant
- Councilmember Jim Shankle
Johnson Mill Boulevard: After years of delay, the new Johnson Mill Boulevard is under construction. The construction area runs from I-540 to Johnson Road in Springdale and will enable development in large tracts of land previously inaccessible. The new Johnson Mill Boulevard will replace Greathouse Springs Road east of I-540 and much of Main Drive west of downtown.
Clear Creek Trail: Thanks to a large grant by the Walton Family Foundation, a new bicycle trail is under construction along Clear Creek. It will connect the new Razorback Greenway (under construction north of Johnson) to Scull Creek which is the north end of the extensive Fayetteville trail system.
Reputation as a speed trap
Johnson has a reputation as a speed trap. During most days the police will have one car staged to control the speed along Main Drive (East and West) or Wilkerson (North and South). The city of Johnson uses two types of vehicles to enforce traffic laws. A fleet of black Dodge Chargers and a black unmarked Chevy Tahoe. When driving through Johnson, one should be careful to observe the posted speed limit, and wear your seat belt.
- Hamblen, Mark (March 1, 2012). "Johnson (Washington County)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.