Clinton, Arkansas

Coordinates: 35°35′11″N 92°27′28″W / 35.58639°N 92.45778°W / 35.58639; -92.45778
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Clinton, Arkansas
Downtown Clinton
Downtown Clinton
Official logo of Clinton, Arkansas
Location of Clinton in Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Location of Clinton in Van Buren County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°35′11″N 92°27′28″W / 35.58639°N 92.45778°W / 35.58639; -92.45778
CountryUnited States
CountyVan Buren
 • Total13.75 sq mi (35.61 km2)
 • Land13.45 sq mi (34.85 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
Elevation610 ft (190 m)
 • Total2,509
 • Density186.49/sq mi (72.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code501
FIPS code05-14260
GNIS feature ID2404076[2]

Clinton is the county seat of Van Buren County, Arkansas, United States.[3] The population was 2,602 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous city in the county (reclaiming the distinction from the resort community of Fairfield Bay).


The city was named for DeWitt Clinton, the New York governor who built the Erie Canal; he had also been a U.S. Senator from New York.

On February 5, 2008, an EF4 tornado struck Clinton during the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak, killing three people and destroying many homes and businesses, including a boat manufacturing facility.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (30 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.64%) is water.

The City of Clinton is situated on the shore of the Archey Fork, a tributary of the Upper Little Red River which flows into Greers Ferry Lake. This body of water is known for its rich and diverse fish habitat and recreational uses. A channelization project in 1982[5] following a major flood event has recently been re-engineered by The Nature Conservancy in cooperation with city officials and corporate sponsors. The multi-phase restoration project has witnessed the installation of a cantilevered stream bed, bank stabilization, and habitat regeneration. The restoration is now part of the city's historic downtown park and trail system.[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2014 Estimate[8]
Tornado damage to a house in Clinton

2020 census[edit]

Clinton racial composition[9]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,088 83.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 24 0.96%
Native American 19 0.76%
Asian 16 0.64%
Other/Mixed 134 5.34%
Hispanic or Latino 228 9.09%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,509 people, 942 households, and 608 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 2,283 people, 1,007 households, and 626 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.3 inhabitants per square mile (77.3/km2). There were 1,123 housing units at an average density of 98.5 per square mile (38.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.71% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 1.31% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. 2.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,007 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,206, and the median income for a family was $30,792. Males had a median income of $24,750 versus $19,152 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,514. About 15.7% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.7% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

The National Championship Chuckwagon Races are held annually at the Bar of Ranch in Clinton. The event is a major tourist attraction drawing many thousands to the area each Labor Day weekend with rodeo and futurity events, auctions, live music performances, and the grand finale Snowy River race.[11]

Clinton's downtown district includes numerous historic buildings, including the Van Buren County Courthouse, which is on the state historic registry.[12]


Public education for elementary and secondary students is available from the Clinton School District with students graduating from Clinton High School. Clinton High is rated by US News & World Report at #36 out of 292 high schools in Arkansas.[13]



Intercity bus service to the city is provided by Jefferson Lines.[14]

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2023, Monica Potts wrote in The Atlantic that "Almost everyone goes to an evangelical church".[18]


  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: Clinton, Arkansas
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Friends Remember Tornado Victim". Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2008.
  5. ^ "Archey Fork River Restoration". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "City Parks". City of Clinton. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  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.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "Chuckwagon Races in Clinton". Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Van Buren County Courthouse". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Best Arkansas High Schools
  14. ^ "Arkansas Bus Stops". Retrieved July 20, 2023.
  15. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (May 18, 2010). "James e. Burnett Jr. Dies at 62; Led Safety Board in 1980s". The New York Times.
  16. ^ "Clifton Taylor Clowers – the Legacy of Woolverton Mountain". October 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (April 10, 2023). "The Forgotten Girls by Monica Potts review – addiction and escape in the Ozarks". The Guardian.
  18. ^ Potts, Monica (April 6, 2023). "How Rural America Steals Girls' Futures". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on April 6, 2023. Retrieved June 6, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)- "in the halls of the town’s only high school" would logically refer to Clinton High as it is the only high school in Clinton, Arkansas. Original title of the article is: ""

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