List of counties in Arkansas

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There are 75 counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas.[1] Arkansas is tied with Mississippi[citation needed] for the most counties with two county seats, at ten.


Counties[edit]

County
FIPS code
County seat
[1]
Established
[1]
Origin
Etymology
Population
[1]
Area
[1]
Map
Arkansas County 001 De Witt and
Stuttgart
1813 1st County (Eastern Arkansas) A variant pronunciation of the Quapaw Native American people 19,019 988 sq mi
(2,559 km2)
State map highlighting Arkansas County
Ashley County 003 Hamburg 1848 Chicot, Drew and Union counties Chester Ashley (1791–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas 21,853 921 sq mi
(2,385 km2)
State map highlighting Ashley County
Baxter County 005 Mountain Home 1873 Fulton, Izard, Marion, and Searcy counties Elisha Baxter (1827–1899), a Governor of Arkansas 41,513 554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Baxter County
Benton County 007 Bentonville 1836 Washington County Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), a U.S. Senator from Missouri 221,339 843 sq mi
(2,183 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Boone County 009 Harrison 1869 Carroll and Marion counties Daniel Boone (1734–1820), the American frontiersman 36,903 591 sq mi
(1,531 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Bradley County 011 Warren 1840 Union County Hugh Bradley, a soldier in the War of 1812 and early area settler 11,508 651 sq mi
(1,686 km2)
State map highlighting Bradley County
Calhoun County 013 Hampton 1850 Dallas and Ouachita counties John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), 7th Vice President of the United States and a Senator from South Carolina 5,368 628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County 015 Berryville and
Eureka Springs
1833 Izard County and later by Madison County (1870) Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence 27,446 634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Chicot County 017 Lake Village 1823 Arkansas County Point Chicot on the Mississippi River 11,800 644 sq mi
(1,668 km2)
State map highlighting Chicot County
Clark County 019 Arkadelphia 1818 Arkansas (1818) William Clark (1770–1838), explorer and Governor of the Missouri Territory 22,995 866 sq mi
(2,243 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County 021 Piggott and
Corning
1873 Randolph and Greene counties, and originally named Clayton before 1875 John Clayton, a State Senator; later shortened to Clay
to avoid misassociation with Powell Clayton
16,083 639 sq mi
(1,655 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cleburne County 023 Heber Springs 1883 White, Van Buren, and Independence counties Patrick Cleburne (1828–1864), a Confederate General in the Civil War 25,970 553 sq mi
(1,432 km2)
State map highlighting Cleburne County
Cleveland County 025 Rison 1873 Bradley, Dallas, Jefferson counties, and formerly named Dorsey County (from 1885) Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States
(formerly Stephen Dorsey, U.S. Senator from Arkansas)
8,689 598 sq mi
(1,549 km2)
State map highlighting Cleveland County
Columbia County 027 Magnolia 1852 Formed from Lafayette, Hempstead, and Ouachita counties Columbia, a female personification of the United States 24,552 766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Columbia County
Conway County 029 Morrilton 1825 Pulaski County Henry Wharton Conway (1793–1827), territorial delegate to the United States House of Representatives 21,273 556 sq mi
(1,440 km2)
State map highlighting Conway County
Craighead County 031 Jonesboro and
Lake City
1859 Mississippi, Greene, Poinsett counties Thomas Craighead (1798–1862), a State Senator who ironically opposed the creation of the county 96,443 711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Craighead County
Crawford County 033 Van Buren 1820 Pulaski County William H. Crawford (1772–1834), a politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War 61,948 596 sq mi
(1,544 km2)
State map highlighting Crawford County
Crittenden County 035 Marion 1825 Phillips County Robert Crittenden (1797–1834), Governor of the Arkansas Territory 50,902 610 sq mi
(1,580 km2)
State map highlighting Crittenden County
Cross County 037 Wynne 1862 St. Francis, Poinsett, and Crittenden counties David C. Cross, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and local politician 17,870 616 sq mi
(1,595 km2)
State map highlighting Cross County
Dallas County 039 Fordyce 1845 Clark and Bradley counties George M. Dallas (1792–1864), 11th Vice President of the United States 8,116 668 sq mi
(1,730 km2)
State map highlighting Dallas County
Desha County 041 Arkansas City 1838 Arkansas, Union counties, then from Chicot County (prior to 1880), and Lincoln (prior 1930) Benjamin Desha, a soldier in the War of 1812 13,008 765 sq mi
(1,981 km2)
State map highlighting Desha County
Drew County 043 Monticello 1846 Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Union counties Thomas Stevenson Drew (1802–1879), 3rd Governor of Arkansas 18,509 828 sq mi
(2,145 km2)
State map highlighting Drew County
Faulkner County 045 Conway 1873 Pulaski and Conway counties Sanford Faulkner (1806–1874), a Confederate soldier and the composer of the song "The Arkansas Traveler" 113,237 647 sq mi
(1,676 km2)
State map highlighting Faulkner County
Franklin County 047 Ozark and
Charleston
1837 Crawford and Johnson counties Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), founding father of the United States 18,125 610 sq mi
(1,580 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fulton County 049 Salem 1842 Izard County and then later from Lawrence County (prior 1850) William Savin Fulton (1795–1844), the last Governor of the Arkansas Territory prior to statehood 12,245 618 sq mi
(1,601 km2)
State map highlighting Fulton County
Garland County 051 Hot Springs 1873 Montgomery, Hot Spring, and Saline counties Augustus Hill Garland (1832–1899), U.S. Senator and 11th Governor of Arkansas 96,024 678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Garland County
Grant County 053 Sheridan 1869 Jefferson, Hot Spring, Saline counties Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822–1885), 18th President of the United States 17,853 632 sq mi
(1,637 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greene County 055 Paragould 1833 Lawrence County and later on by Randolph Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), the Revolutionary War General 42,090 578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Hempstead County 057 Hope 1818 Arkansas (1818) Edward Hempstead (1780–1817), Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Missouri Territory 22,609 729 sq mi
(1,888 km2)
State map highlighting Hempstead County
Hot Spring County 059 Malvern 1829 Clark County and later from Montgomery County (prior 1880) Naturally occurring hot springs within the county 32,923 615 sq mi
(1,593 km2)
State map highlighting Hot Spring County
Howard County 061 Nashville 1873 Pike, Hempstead, Polk, Sevier counties. James H. Howard, an Arkansas State Senator 13,789 588 sq mi
(1,523 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Independence County 063 Batesville 1820 Lawrence County (1820) The Declaration of Independence 36,647 764 sq mi
(1,979 km2)
State map highlighting Independence County
Izard County 065 Melbourne 1825 Independence, Crawford counties, and later from Fulton (prior 1880) George Izard (1776–1828), Governor of the Missouri Territory and a General during the War of 1812 13,696 581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
State map highlighting Izard County
Jackson County 067 Newport 1829 Lawrence and St. Francis counties Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), 7th President of the United States 17,997 634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County 069 Pine Bluff 1829 Arkansas and Pulaski Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), 3rd President of the United States 77,435 885 sq mi
(2,292 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 071 Clarksville 1833 Pope County, and a small portion from Madison County (prior 1890) Benjamin Johnson (1784–1849), the first judge of the federal district court for Arkansas 25,540 662 sq mi
(1,715 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Lafayette County 073 Lewisville 1827 Hempstead County and later from Columbia County (prior 1910) The Marquis de la Fayette (1757–1834), a Frenchman who served as a General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War 7,645 526 sq mi
(1,362 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette County
Lawrence County 075 Walnut Ridge 1815 Arkansas and New Madrid (MO) in 1815 James Lawrence (1781–1813), an American naval officer during the War of 1812 17,415 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lee County 077 Marianna 1873 Phillips, Monroe, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties. Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a confederate General during the Civil War 10,424 602 sq mi
(1,559 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Lincoln County 079 Star City 1871 Arkansas, Bradley, Desha, Drew, and Jefferson counties Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States 14,134 561 sq mi
(1,453 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Little River County 081 Ashdown 1867 Sevier County Little River, a tributary of the Red River 13,171 532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
State map highlighting Little River County
Logan County 083 Booneville and
Paris
1871 Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Scott, and Yell counties (Formally named Sarber County) James Logan (1791–1859), an early settler of western Arkansas 22,353 710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Lonoke County 085 Lonoke 1873 Prairie and Pulaski counties An oak tree that stood on the site of the current county seat 68,356 766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Lonoke County
Madison County 087 Huntsville 1836 Washington County James Madison (1751–1836), 4th President of the United States 15,717 837 sq mi
(2,168 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County 089 Yellville 1835 Izard County Francis Marion (1732–1795), an American general during the Revolutionary War 16,653 598 sq mi
(1,549 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Miller County 091 Texarkana 1874 Lafayette County Former Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38), which was named for
James Miller (1776–1851), first Governor of the Arkansas Territory
43,462 624 sq mi
(1,616 km2)
State map highlighting Miller County
Mississippi County 093 Blytheville and
Osceola
1833[2] Crittenden the Mississippi River 46,480 920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Mississippi County
Monroe County 095 Clarendon 1829[3] Phillips and Arkansas counties James Monroe (1758–1831), 5th President of the United States 8,149 607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 097 Mount Ida 1842 Hot Spring Richard Montgomery (1738–1775), an American general during the Revolutionary War 9,487 781 sq mi
(2,023 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Nevada County 099 Prescott 1871 Columbia, Hempstead, Ouachita counties the state of Nevada 8,997 620 sq mi
(1,606 km2)
State map highlighting Nevada County
Newton County 101 Jasper 1842 Carroll Thomas W. Newton (1804–1853), a State Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas 8,330 823 sq mi
(2,132 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Ouachita County 103 Camden 1842 Union the Ouachita River 26,120 732 sq mi
(1,896 km2)
State map highlighting Ouachita County
Perry County 105 Perryville 1840 Conway County Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer in the War of 1812 10,445 551 sq mi
(1,427 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Phillips County 107 Helena 1820 Arkansas and Lawrence County Sylvanus Phillips, a member of the territorial legislature 21,757 693 sq mi
(1,795 km2)
State map highlighting Phillips County
Pike County 109 Murfreesboro 1833 Clark and Hempstead counties Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), the explorer and discoverer of Pikes Peak 11,291 603 sq mi
(1,562 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Poinsett County 111 Harrisburg 1838 Greene, Lawrence counties Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779–1851), a United States Secretary of War and namesake of the poinsettia 24,583 758 sq mi
(1,963 km2)
State map highlighting Poinsett County
Polk County 113 Mena 1844 Sevier James Knox Polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president of the United States 20,662 860 sq mi
(2,227 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Pope County 115 Russellville 1829 Crawford County John Pope (1770-1845), a governor of the Arkansas Territory 61,754 812 sq mi
(2,103 km2)
State map highlighting Pope County
Prairie County 117 Des Arc and
DeValls Bluff
1846 Arkansas and Pulaski counties Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas 8,715 646 sq mi
(1,673 km2)
State map highlighting Prairie County
Pulaski County 119 Little Rock 1818 Arkansas and Lawrence counties (1818) Kazimierz Pulaski (1745–1779), the Polish general in the American Revolutionary War 382,748 771 sq mi
(1,997 km2)
State map highlighting Pulaski County
Randolph County 121 Pocahontas 1835 Lawrence County John Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), a U.S. congressman from Virginia 17,969 652 sq mi
(1,689 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County
St. Francis County 123 Forrest City 1827 Formed from Phillips County The St. Francis River, a tributary of the Mississippi River 28,258 634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting St. Francis County
Saline County 125 Benton 1835 Independence and Pulaski Salt reserves found within its borders 107,118 725 sq mi
(1,878 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Scott County 127 Waldron 1833 Crawford and Pope counties Andrew Scott (1789–1841), a territorial judge 11,233 894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Searcy County 129 Marshall 1838 Marion County Richard Searcy, a judge from Lawrence County 8,195 667 sq mi
(1,728 km2)
State map highlighting Searcy County
Sebastian County 131 Greenwood and
Fort Smith
1851 Crawford and Scott William K. Sebastian (1812–1865), a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Arkansas 125,744 536 sq mi
(1,388 km2)
State map highlighting Sebastian County
Sevier County 133 De Queen 1828 Hempstead County Ambrose Sevier (1801–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas 17,058 564 sq mi
(1,461 km2)
State map highlighting Sevier County
Sharp County 135 Ash Flat 1868 Lawrence County Ephraim Sharp, an early settler of Arkansas 17,264 604 sq mi
(1,564 km2)
State map highlighting Sharp County
Stone County 137 Mountain View 1873 Izard, Independence, Searcy, Van Buren Rugged, rocky area terrain 12,394 607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Stone County
Union County 139 El Dorado 1829 Clark and Hempstead counties The concept of the union of the states 41,639 1,039 sq mi
(2,691 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County 141 Clinton 1833 Conway, Izard, and Independence Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth president of the United States 17,295 712 sq mi
(1,844 km2)
State map highlighting Van Buren County
Washington County 143 Fayetteville 1828 Lovely County George Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States 203,065 950 sq mi
(2,460 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
White County 145 Searcy 1835 Independence, Jackson and Pulaski counties Hugh L. White (1773–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and U.S. presidential candidate in 1836 for the Whig Party 77,076 1,034 sq mi
(2,678 km2)
State map highlighting White County
Woodruff County 147 Augusta 1862 Jackson and St. Francis counties William Woodruff (1795–1885), the first newspaper publisher in Arkansas 7,260 587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Woodruff County
Yell County 149 Danville and Dardanelle 1840 Hot Spring, Pope, and Scott County Archibald Yell (1797–1847), the second governor of Arkansas 22,185 928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
State map highlighting Yell County

Former counties in Arkansas[edit]

Loveley County (1827–1828)[edit]

Created on October 13, 1827, partitioned from Crawford County. The Treaty of Washington, 1828 ceded most of its territory to Indian Territory. Abolished October 17, 1828 with the remaining portion becoming Washington County.[4]

Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38)[edit]

Created from Hempstead County. Most of its northern portion was actually in Choctaw Nation (now part of Oklahoma); rest of northern portion was dissolved into Sevier County in 1828. All of its southern portion was actually in Texas, and was nominally dissolved into Lafayette County in 1838.

Fictional counties in Arkansas[edit]

Bogan County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas as portrayed in the movie White Lightning and in the movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Deeson County[edit]

A fictional county in southwest Arkansas near the intersection of Highway 71 and Interstate 82 as portrayed in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Green River County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas portrayed in the series Supernatural. Sam and Dean are arrested in Little Rock (which is actually located in Pulaski County), but they are sent to Green River County Detention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Find A County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Mississippi County, Arkansas county government. "Mississippi County History". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, ed. (1904). The Province and the States: A History of the Province of Louisiana Under France and Spain, and of the Territories and States of the United States Formed Therefrom VII. Madison, WI: The Western Historical Association. p. 107. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ McConaughy, James. "Lovely County, Arkansas". Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society (WCAGS). Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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