Arkansas City, Arkansas

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Arkansas City
Arkansas City Commercial District
Arkansas City Commercial District
Location of Arkansas City in Desha County, Arkansas.
Location of Arkansas City in Desha County, Arkansas.
Arkansas City is located in Arkansas
Arkansas City
Arkansas City
Location in Arkansas
Coordinates: 33°36′32″N 91°12′13″W / 33.60889°N 91.20361°W / 33.60889; -91.20361Coordinates: 33°36′32″N 91°12′13″W / 33.60889°N 91.20361°W / 33.60889; -91.20361
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.49 sq mi (1.26 km2)
 • Land0.49 sq mi (1.26 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
135 ft (41 m)
 • Total366
 • Estimate 
 • Density667.35/sq mi (257.63/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-01990
GNIS feature ID0076190

Arkansas City is a town in Desha County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 366 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is the county seat of Desha County.[4] Arkansas City's historic Commercial District, located at Desoto Avenue and Sprague Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all land. It sits entirely in the Delta Lowlands sub-region of the Arkansas Delta.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017325[2]−11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2014 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 589 people, 231 households, and 161 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,232.2 people per square mile (473.8/km²). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 583.7 per square mile (224.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.01% White, 43.80% Black or African American, and 1.19% from two or more races. 3.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 231 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 17.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,014, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $17,188 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,523. About 25.3% of families and 31.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.6% of those under age 18 and 37.6% of those age 65 or over.


The McGehee School District serves Arkansas City.

Previously the Arkansas City School District served Arkansas City. The district had two schools, Arkansas City Elementary School and Arkansas City High School.[8] In 2004 the Arkansas Legislature approved a law that forced school districts with fewer than 350 students apiece to consolidate with other districts.[9][10] On July 1, 2004, the Arkansas City district merged into the McGehee district.[11] After the acquisition, the McGehee district continued to operate the Arkansas City campus as a K-6 school.[12] By October 2005 the district no longer operated the Arkansas City facility.[13]

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  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Arkansas City city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 22, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "2002-2003 Arkansas Education Directory." Arkansas Department of Education. 54. Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Dumas inherits Gould district’s deficit Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." Arkansas News. May 11, 2005. Retrieved on March 7, 2011.
  10. ^ "The MHS Alumni Café Archived September 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.." McGehee School District. Retrieved on July 27, 2011. "FYI... The Delta Special (Desha Central) and Arkansas City School Districts Consolidated with the McGehee School District as a result of a state mandate in 2004-2005."
  11. ^ "Consolidation/Annexations of LEA's (1983-2010) Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine.." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
  12. ^ "Campuses." McGehee School District. August 28, 2004. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "Campuses." McGehee School District. October 18, 2005. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.

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