Centerton, Arkansas

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Centerton, Arkansas
Location of Centerton in Benton County, Arkansas.
Location of Centerton in Benton County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°21′42″N 94°17′12″W / 36.36167°N 94.28667°W / 36.36167; -94.28667Coordinates: 36°21′42″N 94°17′12″W / 36.36167°N 94.28667°W / 36.36167; -94.28667
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBill Edwards
 • Total13.78 sq mi (35.69 km2)
 • Land13.64 sq mi (35.33 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
Elevation1,253 ft (382 m)
 • Total17,792
 • Density1,304.21/sq mi (503.56/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code479
FIPS code05-12820
GNIS feature ID0076573[2]

Centerton is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. Located west of Bentonville on Highway 102, Centerton has grown from a railroad stop and fruit orchard community in the early 20th century into a suburban bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas (NWA) region. The city's population has grown from 491 in 1990 to 16,244 in 2019.[3] Centerton is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas and consistently ranks amongst the most safest cities in the state.


Native American hunters and early settlers were drawn to present-day Centerton by natural springs, including what is now known as McKissick Spring. In the Antebellum South era, an early church and school built along the spring were named Center Point, for the community's central location in Benton County. Though the area did not see any formal action during the Civil War, Union troops camped at McKissick Spring on March 5, 1862, shortly before the Battle of Pea Ridge.

After the Reconstruction era, the Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad Company connected Rogers, Arkansas and Grove, Oklahoma through western Benton County. The railroad opened the apple and strawberry orchards of the county to new markets, bringing economic prosperity, development, and population growth to the region. Upon laying out the town in 1900, the name was changed to Centerton, as Center Point was already registered in Howard County.[4]


Centerton is located near the center of Benton County at 36°21′42″N 94°17′12″W / 36.36167°N 94.28667°W / 36.36167; -94.28667 (36.361541, -94.286543).[5] Arkansas Highway 102 runs through the center of the city and leads east 5 miles (8 km) to Bentonville and west 11 miles (18 km) to Decatur.

The city has a total area of 11.9 square miles (30.8 km2), of which 11.7 square miles (30.4 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.13%, is water.[6]


The Northwest Arkansas region consists of three Arkansas counties: Benton, Madison, and Washington. The area had a population of 347,045 at the 2000 census which had increased to 463,204 by the 2010 Census (an increase of 33.47 percent). The region does not consist of the usual principal-city-with-suburbs morphology; though today Centerton is largely a suburb of Bentonville. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located south of Centerton and is used to connect all of the Northwest Arkansas region to the rest of the nation. For more than the last decade, Northwest Arkansas has been one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2020 census[edit]

Centerton racial composition[9]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 12,412 81.76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 618 3.47%
Native American 199 1.12%
Asian 928 4.22%
Pacific Islander 32 0.18%
Other/Mixed 1,275 7.17%
Hispanic or Latino 2,328 11.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,792 people, 4,996 households, and 3,776 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census Centerton had a population of 9,515. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 78.7% non-Hispanic white, 3.5% non-Hispanic black, 1.2% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from two or more races and 12.2% Hispanic or Latino.[10]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 2,146 people, 730 households, and 602 families residing in the city. The population density was 533.8 inhabitants per square mile (206.1/km2). There were 796 housing units at an average density of 198.0 per square mile (76.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.37% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 4.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 730 households, out of which 50.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.3% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.4% were non-families. 13.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 34.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 38.5% from 25 to 44, 13.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,600, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $31,216 versus $22,731 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,530. About 6.2% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.



The Northwest Arkansas economy was historically based upon agriculture and poultry. In recent decades, NWA has seen rapid growth and diversification of its economy based upon the big companies based there, Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, and Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles, while also seeing a growing University of Arkansas and cultural amenities sector. Although impacted by the Great Recession, NWA's economy fared better than most peer metropolitan areas, the state of Arkansas and the United States overall. Between 2007 and 2013, the region saw unemployment rates significantly below those of peer regions and the national average; while also seeing a 1% net growth of jobs. The NWA gross domestic product grew 7.0% over the aforementioned time period, and bankruptcies, building permits and per capita incomes are returning to pre-Recession rates.[12]

The professional, education and health care sectors of the Northwest Arkansas economy have been growing steadily since 2007. Between 2007 and 2013, the region has seen a growth of 8,300 jobs in the region, with 6,100 added in education and health professions and 4,300 jobs added in the leisure and hospitality jobs related to the region's cultural amenities.[12] The government and transportation sectors have remained relatively constant between 2007 and 2013, however the manufacturing sector has seen steady decline, mirroring national averages. The construction and real estate sectors saw large declines attributable to the poor housing market during the economic downturn.


Public education for elementary and secondary students in the majority of Centerton is provided by Bentonville School District. A very small portion to the west is in the boundary for the Decatur School District.[13] Centerton is home to 3 of the district's schools.

Centerton Gamble Elementary School in Centerton serves kindergarten through grade 4 and includes much of Centerton. Other portions of Centerton are zoned to Elm Tree, Mary Mae Jones, Osage Creek, and Vaughn elementary schools.[14] Centerton is divided between Ardis Ann Middle School, Creekside Middle School, and Ruth Barker Middle School.[15] Much of Centerton is zoned to Grimsley Junior High School in Centerton, while some sections are zoned to Lincoln Junior High School.[16] All portions of Centerton in the Bentonville district are zoned to Bentonville West High School in Centerton.[17]

Decatur High School is the comprehensive high school of the Decatur district.

Centerton is also home to one of Northwest Arkansas's private schools. Lifeway Christian School serves preschool through grade 12 and is based in the city's First Baptist Church Centerton.


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Centerton, Arkansas
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Centerton (Benton County)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Little Rock: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. February 16, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Centerton city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Northwest Arkansas leads growth in state, 14th fastest-growing metro area nationwide – Talk Business & Politics". Talk Business & Politics. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  10. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Centerton from the US census
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ a b "2013 State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report" (PDF). University of Arkansas Sam Walton College of Business and the Northwest Arkansas Council. 2013. p. 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Benton County, AR" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-05-25.
  14. ^ "22/23 Elementary Attendance Areas" (PDF). Bentonville School District. Retrieved 2022-09-18. - Linked from here
  15. ^ "22/23 Middle School Attendance Areas" (PDF). Bentonville School District. Retrieved 2022-09-18. - Linked from here
  16. ^ "22/23 Junior High School Attendance Areas" (PDF). Bentonville School District. Retrieved 2022-09-18. - Linked from here
  17. ^ "22/23 High School Attendance Areas" (PDF). Bentonville School District. Retrieved 2022-09-18. - Linked from here

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