Georgetown, Arkansas

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Georgetown, Arkansas
Town
Location of Georgetown in Arkansas
Location of Georgetown in Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°7′40″N 91°21′12″W / 35.12778°N 91.35333°W / 35.12778; -91.35333Coordinates: 35°7′40″N 91°21′12″W / 35.12778°N 91.35333°W / 35.12778; -91.35333
Country United States
State Arkansas
County White
Founded 1789
Incorporated 1986
Government
 • Mayor Rickie Stephenson
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 203 ft (62 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 126
 • Density 180.2/sq mi (460.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72143
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-26440
GNIS feature ID 0057810

Georgetown is a town in southeastern White County, Arkansas, United States, overlooking the White River. First settled in 1789 before the Louisiana Purchase, the community is the oldest continuously settled area in Arkansas.[1] The settlement of Arkansas Post, which began in 1686,[2] came more than a century earlier, though that community dissolved in the years following the American Civil War. The state's next oldest community after Georgetown — Batesville — was founded approximately 21 years later.

In 1945, the White River flooded its banks in Georgetown. The disaster contributed to the demise the next year of the Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad, which had provided passenger and freight service since 1906 from Joplin, Missouri, to Helena, Arkansas.[3]

The population of Georgetown was 126 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Georgetown is located at 35°7′40″N 91°27′12″W / 35.12778°N 91.45333°W / 35.12778; -91.45333 (35.127827, -91.453459).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 92
1990 126
2000 126 0.0%
2010 124 −1.6%
Est. 2015 124 [5] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2014 Estimate[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 126 people, 55 households, and 33 families residing in the town. The population density was 180.2/km² (460.7/mi²). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 101.5/km² (259.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.83% White and 3.17% Black or African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 55 households out of which 21.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 110.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $12,500, and the median income for a family was $25,357. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $15,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $8,283. There were 25.0% of families and 38.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and 37.1% of those over 64.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Georgetown history from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, via the White County Historical Society
  2. ^ Arkansas Post history from the United States National Park Service
  3. ^ "H. Glenn Mosenthin, "Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad"". encyclopediaofarkansas.net. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. 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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.