De Queen, Arkansas
De Queen, Arkansas
De Queen City Hall
Location of De Queen in Sevier County, Arkansas.
|• Mayor||Billy Ray McKelvey|
|• Total||6.10 sq mi (15.81 km2)|
|• Land||6.00 sq mi (15.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)|
|Elevation||420 ft (128 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,098.13/sq mi (423.98/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0066997|
De Queen (/ / DEE-kween) is a city and the county seat of Sevier County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 6,629 at the 2010 census. The placename is the anglicization of the family name of the Dutch merchant and railway financier, Jan de Goeijen (1861–1944). De Goeijen was reportedly rather unhappy with the deformation of his name.
De Queen is located at (34.039994, −94.341964).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.6 square miles (15 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.23%) is water.
De Queen hosts a campus of the Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas. The college also provides non-credit coursework in adult education: GED classes, ESL training, test preparation, and computer literacy.
The DeQueen School District operates area public schools.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,629 people in De Queen. The median age was 29. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 36.7% non-Hispanic white, 5.6% non-Hispanic black, 2.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 35.1% reporting some other race and 4.2% reporting two or more races. 53.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,765 people, 1,913 households, and 1,377 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,024.7 people per square mile (395.4/km²). There were 2,108 housing units at an average density of 374.7 per square mile (144.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.40% White, 6.07% Black or African American, 2.38% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 23.07% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. 38.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,913 households out of which 39.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.44.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 11.7% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males. For every cat, there was 1.6 dogs.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,707, and the median income for a family was $31,582. Males had a median income of $21,542 versus $17,367 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,968. About 21.3% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.7% of those under age 18 and 18.5% of those age 65 or over.
- J. Oscar Humphrey, Arkansas State Auditor from 1929 to 1935 and 1937 to 1956
- Collin Raye, country music singer.
- Wes Watkins, Oklahoma politician lived for a time in De Queen as a child.
- Otis Wingo, member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas's 4th congressional district, practiced law in De Queen before his congressional career.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, De Queen has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
In popular culture
De Queen, and Sevier County, are mentioned by name in the 2012 song Good Lord Lorrie by the Turnpike Troubadours. The lyric referencing the city is, "De Queen's dry so I bought us both a bottle in downtown Broken Bow."
Other US places related to De Goeijen ("De Queen"):
- Zwolle, Louisiana (named after his hometown)
- Amsterdam, Missouri (named after his firm's location)
- Vandervoort, Arkansas (mother)
- Mena, Arkansas (wife)
- DeRidder, Louisiana (sister-in-law)
- "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
- Yellowed Pages. Southeast Texas Genealogical & Historical Society. 1991. p. 8.
Jan de Goeijen (1861-1944), a friend and benefactor of Arthur Stilwell, who chose to call him DeQueen because the Dutch spelling was "too difficult."
- "De Queen Post Office". Arkansas Post Office Murals. De Queen Post Office.
Jan de Goeijen, a Dutch coffee merchant whose generous donations assisted in the completion of the Kansas City Southern Railroad that passed through DeQueen. De Goeijen’s name (/ / də-HOY-ən) was difficult for locals to articulate so they eventually simplified it to DeQueen.
- van der Sijs, Nicoline (2009). The Influence of Dutch on the North American Languages. Amsterdam University Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-90-8964-124-3.
De Goeijen was not pleased: "How would you like it when I told you that I named my son after you [Arthur Stilwell], and you found out that he was called William?"
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "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.
- 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of De Queen from the US census
- Climate Summary for De Queen, Arkansas
- Media related to De Queen, Arkansas at Wikimedia Commons