Marked Tree, Arkansas

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Marked Tree, Arkansas
City
Flag of Marked Tree, Arkansas
Flag
Official seal of Marked Tree, Arkansas
Seal
Location in Poinsett County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Poinsett County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53000°N 90.41750°W / 35.53000; -90.41750Coordinates: 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53000°N 90.41750°W / 35.53000; -90.41750
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Poinsett
Area
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,800
 • Density 1,217.4/sq mi (459/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72365
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-44210
GNIS feature ID 0058125

Marked Tree is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas in the United States, along the St. Francis River, at the mouth of the Little River. The population was 2,800 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geologically, the area marks the southern end of the New Madrid Fault.

Toponymy[edit]

The city got its name from a tree located on the bank of the St. Francis River until 1890 that had been blazed to mark a section of the river where Indians could walk about 120 yards (110 m) across land to reach the Little River and avoid paddling 12 mi (19 km) upstream.[1] Marked Tree has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[2][3]

Geography[edit]

Marked Tree is located at 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53000°N 90.41750°W / 35.53000; -90.41750 (35.530035, −90.417559).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), of which 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.85%) is water

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 352
1910 2,026 475.6%
1920 1,318 −34.9%
1930 2,276 72.7%
1940 2,685 18.0%
1950 2,878 7.2%
1960 3,216 11.7%
1970 3,229 0.4%
1980 3,201 −0.9%
1990 3,100 −3.2%
2000 2,800 −9.7%
2010 2,566 −8.4%
[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,800 people, 1,126 households, and 731 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.8 people per square mile (466.0/km²). There were 1,234 housing units at an average density of 532.7 per square mile (205.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.36% White, 47.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,126 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,591, and the median income for a family was $30,197. Males had a median income of $26,305 versus $19,602 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,867. About 25.6% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 28.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary school students is provided by the Marked Tree School District, which consists of the following schools:

  • Marked Tree Elementary School, serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
  • Marked Tree Middle School, serving grades 7 through 8.
  • Marked Tree High School, serving grades 9 through 12.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorful Names". Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Hillinger, Charles (October 13, 1985). "Arkansas' Towns of Funny Names : There's Evening Shade, Greasy Corner, Stump City, Hope". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Thompson, George E. (2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Marked Tree (Poinsett County)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. The Butler Center. April 26, 2012. Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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