Kingsland, Arkansas

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Kingsland, Arkansas
City
Location in Cleveland County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Cleveland County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 33°51′41″N 92°17′39″W / 33.86139°N 92.29417°W / 33.86139; -92.29417Coordinates: 33°51′41″N 92°17′39″W / 33.86139°N 92.29417°W / 33.86139; -92.29417
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Cleveland
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 217 ft (66 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 447
 • Density 401.4/sq mi (154.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71652
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-36880
GNIS feature ID 0050871

Kingsland is a city in Cleveland County, Arkansas, United States. Its population was 447 at the 2010 U.S. census. It is included in the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is famous as the birthplace of Johnny Cash.

Geography[edit]

Kingsland is located at 33°51′41″N 92°17′39″W / 33.86139°N 92.29417°W / 33.86139; -92.29417 (33.861397, -92.294200).[1]

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

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 447 people, 177 households, and 121 families residing in the city. The population density was 401.4 people per square mile (154.8/km²). There were 211 housing units at an average density of 188.6/sq mi (72.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 63.98% White, 32.89% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.45% Asian, and 2.46% from two or more races. None of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 219 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.96% under the age of 18, 5.82% from 20 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 49, 20.81% from 50 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. There were 228 females and 219 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,536, and the median income for a family was $28,958. Males had a median income of $26,667 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,500. About 28.0% of families and 33.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.9% of those under age 18 and 26.1% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

On March 31, 1994, Johnny Cash returned to Kingsland for the dedication of the new post office named in his honor.[3]

In May 2003, the 63-year-old main building at the Kingsland School was destroyed by fire. The building's old pine, along with the varnish on the floors, oil on the wood inside and a gas heating system all contributed to the blaze.[4] Later, the fire was found to be arson and two suspects, one of them being a firefighter, were subsequently arrested.[5] Damages were estimated to be over $2.1 million.

In October 2011, the feature film "Come Morning" used Kingsland as the backdrop for the film. Though one scene was filmed in New Edinburg, Arkansas, the rest of the film was shot entirely in Kingsland.[6][7]

In March 2014, Jim Howard spent several hours touring the city and visiting with locals.

Education[edit]

Since the loss of Kingsland High School in 2003 and the subsequent disbanding of the former Kingsland School District, public education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by the Cleveland County School District, which includes students attending Kingsland Elementary School prior to graduating from Rison High School.

Notable residents[edit]

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