Perry County, Arkansas

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Perry County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1840
Named for Oliver Hazard Perry
Seat Perryville
Largest city Perryville
Area
 • Total 560.47 sq mi (1,452 km2)
 • Land 550.94 sq mi (1,427 km2)
 • Water 9.53 sq mi (25 km2), 1.70%
Population
 • (2010) 10,445
 • Density 19/sq mi (7.32/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Its population was 10,445 at the 2010 United States Census. The county seat is Perryville.[1] Perry County is included in the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The center of population of Arkansas is located in the far northeast corner of Perry County.[2]

The county was formed on December 18, 1840, and named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero in the War of 1812. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 560.47 square miles (1,451.6 km2), of which 550.94 square miles (1,426.9 km2) (or 98.30%) is land and 9.53 square miles (24.7 km2) (or 1.70%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 978
1860 2,465 152.0%
1870 2,685 8.9%
1880 3,872 44.2%
1890 5,538 43.0%
1900 7,294 31.7%
1910 9,402 28.9%
1920 9,905 5.3%
1930 7,695 −22.3%
1940 8,392 9.1%
1950 5,978 −28.8%
1960 4,927 −17.6%
1970 5,634 14.3%
1980 7,266 29.0%
1990 7,969 9.7%
2000 10,209 28.1%
2010 10,445 2.3%
Est. 2012 10,339 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]
Age pyramid Perry County[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 10,209 people, 3,989 households, and 2,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,702 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.62% White, 1.73% Black or African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,989 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,083, and the median income for a family was $37,170. Males had a median income of $28,254 versus $21,462 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,216. About 10.50% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Perry County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses. [8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/statecenters.txt
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ US Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Perry County, AR (Map). http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st05_ar/cou/c05105_perry/BAS11C20510500000_000.pdf. Retrieved 20110824.
  9. ^ [1][dead link]

Coordinates: 34°57′37″N 92°56′07″W / 34.96028°N 92.93528°W / 34.96028; -92.93528