Dallas County, Arkansas

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Dallas County
Courthouse in Fordyce
Courthouse in Fordyce
Map of Arkansas highlighting Dallas County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°58′37″N 92°40′23″W / 33.976944444444°N 92.673055555556°W / 33.976944444444; -92.673055555556
Country United States
State Arkansas
FoundedJanuary 1, 1845
Named forGeorge M. Dallas
SeatFordyce
Largest cityFordyce
Area
 • Total668 sq mi (1,730 km2)
 • Land667 sq mi (1,730 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (2 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total8,116
 • Estimate 
(2019)
7,009
 • Density12/sq mi (4.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,116,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in Arkansas. The county seat is Fordyce.[2] Dallas County is Arkansas's 49th county, formed on January 1, 1845; it was named for George M. Dallas, 11th Vice President of the United States.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 668 square miles (1,730 km2), of which 667 square miles (1,730 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18506,877
18608,28320.4%
18705,707−31.1%
18806,50514.0%
18909,29642.9%
190011,51823.9%
191012,6219.6%
192014,42414.3%
193014,6711.7%
194014,471−1.4%
195012,416−14.2%
196010,522−15.3%
197010,022−4.8%
198010,5154.9%
19909,614−8.6%
20009,210−4.2%
20108,116−11.9%
2019 (est.)7,009[4]−13.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2016[1]
Age pyramid Dallas County[9]

2020 census[edit]

Dallas County racial composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 3,425 52.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,582 39.83%
Native American 14 0.22%
Asian 7 0.11%
Other/Mixed 253 3.9%
Hispanic or Latino 201 3.1%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,482 people, 2,969 households, and 1,797 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[11] there were 9,210 people, 3,519 households, and 2,431 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km2). There were 4,401 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 56.96% White, 40.98% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 1.01% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,519 households, out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 13.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 28.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,608, and the median income for a family was $32,630. Males had a median income of $28,538 versus $17,884 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,610. About 13.30% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.80% of those under age 18 and 20.00% of those age 65 or over.


Government[edit]

Prior to 2004, this county was considered an "ancestral" Democratic county, where Democrats won every presidential race with exceptions for the 1968 campaign of George Wallace and the 1972 and 1984 landslides of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, respectively. Former Governor Bill Clinton won this county twice in his presidential runs: 1992 and 1996. Al Gore won this county in 2000, the most recent Democrat to do so.

United States presidential election results for Dallas County, Arkansas[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,573 59.38% 963 36.35% 113 4.27%
2016 1,509 54.46% 1,165 42.04% 97 3.50%
2012 1,665 53.99% 1,337 43.35% 82 2.66%
2008 1,757 52.95% 1,471 44.33% 90 2.71%
2004 1,700 50.18% 1,671 49.32% 17 0.50%
2000 1,571 47.25% 1,710 51.43% 44 1.32%
1996 1,041 30.31% 2,118 61.66% 276 8.03%
1992 1,458 37.15% 2,107 53.68% 360 9.17%
1988 1,947 49.19% 1,990 50.28% 21 0.53%
1984 2,361 52.80% 2,035 45.51% 76 1.70%
1980 1,596 35.16% 2,838 62.52% 105 2.31%
1976 1,012 23.61% 3,266 76.20% 8 0.19%
1972 2,152 60.55% 1,402 39.45% 0 0.00%
1968 672 18.43% 1,253 34.36% 1,722 47.22%
1964 1,625 47.14% 1,779 51.61% 43 1.25%
1960 659 25.20% 1,639 62.68% 317 12.12%
1956 984 35.63% 1,726 62.49% 52 1.88%
1952 737 25.03% 2,202 74.80% 5 0.17%
1948 152 8.93% 1,174 68.98% 376 22.09%
1944 266 17.65% 1,238 82.15% 3 0.20%
1940 118 8.04% 1,295 88.28% 54 3.68%
1936 103 6.71% 1,433 93.29% 0 0.00%
1932 150 6.53% 2,139 93.16% 7 0.30%
1928 503 32.73% 1,030 67.01% 4 0.26%
1924 401 26.68% 1,068 71.06% 34 2.26%
1920 659 36.19% 1,140 62.60% 22 1.21%
1916 527 31.43% 1,150 68.57% 0 0.00%
1912 228 17.33% 654 49.70% 434 32.98%
1908 636 44.26% 721 50.17% 80 5.57%
1904 496 43.06% 604 52.43% 52 4.51%
1900 514 40.35% 746 58.56% 14 1.10%
1896 479 31.55% 1,032 67.98% 7 0.46%


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Dallas County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  9. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  13. ^ 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Dallas County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  14. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 28, 2014.

Coordinates: 33°58′37″N 92°40′23″W / 33.97694°N 92.67306°W / 33.97694; -92.67306