Cave City, Arkansas

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Cave City, Arkansas
Location of Cave City in Independence County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Location of Cave City in Independence County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083Coordinates: 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083
CountryUnited States
CountiesIndependence, Sharp
TownshipsBarren (Independence)
Cave (Sharp)
Founded byJames Andrew Laman and John William Laman
 • Total2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Land2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total1,904
 • Estimate 
 • Density753.62/sq mi (290.98/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-12280
GNIS feature ID0076551

Cave City is a city in Independence and Sharp counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 1,904 at the 2010 census.[3] The city was named for a large cave underneath the Crystal River Tourist Camp, which is the oldest motor court in Arkansas.[4] Cave City is known for its award-winning "world's sweetest" watermelons and holds an annual watermelon festival in July.[5]


Cave City is located at 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083 (35.948087, -91.550952).[6] The town is centered on, and partially located above, the Crystal River, an underground body of water located in the multi-room Crystal River Cave, for which the town is named. The beginning and ending of the water source has never been determined.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.

List of highways[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,927[2]1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2014 Estimate[8]

At the 2000 census there were 1,904 people in 751 households, including 504 families, in the city. The population density was 752.7 people per square mile (290.1/km2). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 326.1 per square mile (125.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 0.3% Black, 96.9% white or European, 0.1% Asian, and 1.5% from two or more races. 2.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9]

The Cave City welcome sign boasts that the town is the "Home of the World's Sweetest Watermelon".

Of the 751 households 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 29.6% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.01.

The age distribution was 31.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 19 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 18% 65 or older. The median age was 35.8 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.9 males. 31.4% of the male population and 40.3% of females were 18 and over.

The median household income was $23,163 and the median family income was $27,292. Males had a median income of $21,397 versus $17,424 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,925. About 17.0% of families and 21.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.


Students in the area can attend the Cave City School District.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 30, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Cave City city, Arkansas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 10, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Cave Courts Motel - The Oldest Motor Court in Arkansas". American Profile. December 23, 2000. Retrieved 2011-08-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ DeLano, Patti (2005). Off the Beaten Path, Arkansas (9th ed.). Guilford, Connecticut: Morris Book Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7627-4856-3. ISSN 1537-0550.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2020, 2010, and 2000". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)