Delaplaine, Arkansas

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Delaplaine, Arkansas
Location of Delaplaine in Greene County, Arkansas.
Location of Delaplaine in Greene County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583Coordinates: 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.11 sq mi (2.86 km2)
 • Land1.11 sq mi (2.86 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
276 ft (84 m)
 • Total116
 • Estimate 
 • Density105.79/sq mi (40.85/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-18010
GNIS feature ID0076777

Delaplaine is a town in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 116 at the time of the 2010 census.[3]


Delaplaine was incorporated as a town in April 1912 but has a history that dates back to the time of the French explorations. Early settlers found remains of a French-Indian trading post at the site. When the St. Louis-Iron Mountain Railroad pushed lines into northern Arkansas in 1873, a station called Grey's Station was established. The name was later changed to the French "De La Plaine" (of the plains) in recognition of the earlier French trading post. The rail line provided the entire county with passenger and freight services, especially for the local timber industry. The county's first newspaper was published at Delaplaine in 1873 by James W. Wray.

Notable person[edit]


Delaplaine is located in northwestern Greene County at 36°13′58″N 90°43′33″W / 36.23278°N 90.72583°W / 36.23278; -90.72583 (36.232701, -90.725807).[4] Arkansas Highway 90 passes through the town, leading northeast, then east, 31 miles (50 km) to Rector, and southwest, then northwest, 21 miles (34 km) to Pocahontas. Arkansas Highway 34 leads southeast from the center of town 16 miles (26 km) to Oak Grove Heights. Paragould, the Greene County seat, is 23 miles (37 km) to the southeast via Highways 34 and 135. Highway 34 joins Highway 90 to the southwest from Delaplaine and leads 17 miles (27 km) to Walnut Ridge. Arkansas Highway 304 leads west from Delaplaine on a more direct route of 16 miles (26 km) to Pocahontas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Delaplaine has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2), all land.[3] It is 4 miles (6 km) south of the Black River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017117[2]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2014 Estimate[6]

At the time of the 2010 United States Census, there were 116 people residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 1.7% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 0.9% from two or more races.

At the time of the 2000 United States Census[7], there were 127 people, 49 households, and 36 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.0 inhabitants per square mile (44.6/km²). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 50.7 per square mile (19.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.76% White, and 10.24% from two or more races.

There were 49 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,000, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $27,083 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,076. Of the 0.8% of the population living below the poverty line, there were no families, children under the age of 18, nor seniors over the age of 64.


Delaplaine is served by the Greene County Tech School District (GCT district) and its schools in Paragould, Arkansas, including Greene County Tech High School.

For many years, Delaplaine was home to the Delaplaine School District, which included Delaplaine (in the rural northwest of Greene County), O'Kean (in the rural southeast of Randolph County), and the town of Peach Orchard in Clay County.[citation needed] In 2003, the Arkansas Legislature, supported by then-Governor Mike Huckabee, passed Act 60, an act that required every school district in the state that had a daily enrollment of less than 350 students to be consolidated with another school district.[citation needed] As a result, on July 1, 2004, the Delaplaine School District was consolidated with the GCT district.[8] Delaplaine High School and Delaplaine Elementary School initially remained open under the jurisdiction of the GCT district, to serve students in the former Delaplaine district area,[9][10] however, they were later closed in 2007. Delaplaine mayor Larry Myrick stated that the community lost children with families after the school stopped operations.[11]


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Delaplaine town, Arkansas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on April 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Home. Delaplaine High School. December 8, 2004. Retrieved on April 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Home. Delaplaine Elementary School. December 8, 2004. Retrieved on April 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Rural Arkansas struggles after schools close". KAIT. 2005-05-18. Retrieved 2018-04-25.