Mount Ida, Arkansas

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Mount Ida, Arkansas
Motto: "Quartz Crystal Capital of the World"[1]
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Montgomery County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°33′14″N 93°37′50″W / 34.55389°N 93.63056°W / 34.55389; -93.63056Coordinates: 34°33′14″N 93°37′50″W / 34.55389°N 93.63056°W / 34.55389; -93.63056
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Montgomery
 • Total 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 666 ft (203 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,076
 • Density 613.1/sq mi (233.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71957
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-47690
GNIS feature ID 0077718
Website Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce

Mount Ida is a city in Montgomery County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 981 at the 2000 census and had grown to 1,076 by the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Montgomery County[2].[3] It is known as the quartz crystal capital of the U.S. and is known worldwide for its quartz deposits.[4]


Mount Ida was incorporated on May 30, 1890.[5]


Arkansas quartz crystals

Mount Ida is located at 34°33′14″N 93°37′50″W / 34.55389°N 93.63056°W / 34.55389; -93.63056 (34.553879, -93.630641)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), of which 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.20%) is water.


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 981 people, 412 households, and 257 families residing in the city. The population density was 598.5 people per square mile (231.0/km²). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 287.4/sq mi (110.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.53% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 1.94% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 412 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 35.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 18.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 34.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 78.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,438, and the median income for a family was $30,714. Males had a median income of $25,875 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,532. About 18.9% of families and 23.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 16.0% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Ouachita National Forest is located in Montgomery County, and is close to Mount Ida. It is the South's oldest and largest national forest,[8] and offers scenic areas like Little Missouri Falls, and hiking and backpacking trails.[9]

Notable people[edit]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mount Ida has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]


  1. ^ "Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce". Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Profile for Mount Ida, Arkansas, AR". ePodunk. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce". Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mount Ida, Arkansas". Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce". Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mount Ida". The Official Site of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) [1969]. The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th edition ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8. 
  11. ^ Mark Davis' Texas Bass Fishing Bio page
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Mount Ida, Arkansas

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