Clinton, Arkansas

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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; -92.45778Coordinates: 35°35′11″N 92°27′28″W / 35.58639°N 92.45778°W / 35.58639; -92.45778
CountryUnited States
StateArkansas
CountyVan Buren
Area
 • Total13.75 sq mi (35.61 km2)
 • Land13.45 sq mi (34.85 km2)
 • Water0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
Elevation
564 ft (172 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total2,509
 • Density186.49/sq mi (72.00/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72031
Area code501
FIPS code05-14260
GNIS feature ID0047856
Websitewww.clintonark.com

Clinton is the county seat of Van Buren County, Arkansas, United States.[2] 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.

Geography[edit]

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[3] 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.[4]

Clinton's downtown district includes numerous buildings of historic interest, including the Van Buren County Courthouse which is on the state historic registry.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880166
18901766.0%
190029768.8%
1940915
1950853−6.8%
1960744−12.8%
19701,02938.3%
19801,28424.8%
19902,21372.4%
20002,2833.2%
20102,60214.0%
20202,509−3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2014 Estimate[7]

2020 census[edit]

Clinton racial composition[8]
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[9] 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.

Education[edit]

Public education for elementary and secondary students is available from the Clinton School District with students graduating from Clinton High School. The Clinton mascot and athletic emblem is the Yellowjacket.

Chuckwagon Races[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.[10]

Tornado outbreak[edit]

Tornado damage to a house in Clinton

On February 5, 2008 an EF4 tornado struck Clinton, killing three people and destroying many homes and businesses, including a boat manufacturing facility.[11]

Notable people[edit]

  • Jim Burnett, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Archey Fork River Restoration". The Nature Conservancy. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  4. ^ "City Parks". City of Clinton. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  5. ^ "Van Buren County Courthouse". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Chuckwagon Races in Clinton". Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Friends Remember Tornado Victim
  12. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (18 May 2010). "James e. Burnett Jr. Dies at 62; Led Safety Board in 1980s". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Clifton Taylor Clowers – the Legacy of Woolverton Mountain".

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