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Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas

Coordinates: 36°13′28″N 91°44′40″W / 36.22444°N 91.74444°W / 36.22444; -91.74444
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Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Official seal of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Location of Horseshoe Bend in Fulton County and Izard County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Location of Horseshoe Bend in Fulton County and Izard County and Sharp County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°13′28″N 91°44′40″W / 36.22444°N 91.74444°W / 36.22444; -91.74444
CountryUnited States
CountiesIzard, Fulton, Sharp
 • Total14.66 sq mi (37.96 km2)
 • Land13.36 sq mi (34.60 km2)
 • Water1.30 sq mi (3.36 km2)
Elevation643 ft (196 m)
 • Total2,440
 • Density182.62/sq mi (70.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code870
FIPS code05-33370
GNIS feature ID2404731[2]

Horseshoe Bend is a city in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 2,184 at the 2010 census.[3] It is named for the large loop or horseshoe bend in the nearby Strawberry River.[4]


The town is a 3-hour drive to Little Rock, Memphis, and Springfield.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.6 square miles (38 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (35 km2) is land, and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (8.50%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

Horseshoe Bend racial composition[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,181 89.39%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 11 0.45%
Native American 17 0.7%
Asian 9 0.37%
Pacific Islander 3 0.12%
Other/Mixed 144 5.9%
Hispanic or Latino 75 3.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,440 people, 1,028 households, and 616 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,278 people, 1,142 households, and 725 families residing in the city. The population density was 170.6 inhabitants per square mile (65.9/km2). There were 1,451 housing units at an average density of 108.7 per square mile (42.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.28% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,142 households, out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 4.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.42.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 12.8% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 13.5% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 45.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 63 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,714, and the median income for a family was $34,129. Males had a median income of $24,286 versus $17,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,987. About 6.9% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.7% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.


City government[edit]

City government is a mayor-council government. It consists of a mayor and eight council members representing four wards.[9][10]

City Court[edit]

The City Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor, criminal, traffic and municipal ordinance violations and cases that occur within the city.[11]

Municipal services[edit]


The Horseshoe Bend Police Department was disbanded in 2013, its duties assumed by the Izard County Sheriff's office.


The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department consists of 12 volunteers and covers 45 square miles of residential and commercial properties as well as wetlands. The Department is responsible for fire suppression, extrication assistance, HAZMAT, and rescue. Equipment includes one engine / pumper, one tanker, one brush / quick-attack vehicle, and one emergency rescue vehicle. The department currently has an Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC™) Service rating of 6.[12]

Water / Sewer[edit]

Animal Control[edit]

Animal Control maintains a facility where lost dogs and cats are kept for adoption. It is staffed by employees and volunteers. A five-day waiting period is observed with the hopes that the pet will be reunited with its owner. Animals must be spayed / neutered and vaccinated prior to adoption. Assistance with these fees is available through the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.[13]


The Horseshoe Bend Library was created in 1974, evolving from bookmobile service from the White Country Regional Library in Batesville, Arkansas that began in 1970. The library was originally housed in the Municipal Building. In 2006, the Library relocated to its new facility on Club Rd. The Library serves the city and surrounding area with services such as audio / visual equipment, computer and Internet access, a media / meeting room, and traditional reading materials. The library is supported by Friends of the Library. Library grounds are maintained by Izard Country Master Gardeners.[14]

Horseshoe Bend Airport, April 2011


Major highways[edit]


The Horseshoe Bend Airport, FAA identifier is 6M2, is owned and operated by the city. The runway is 4,524 ft. x 60 ft. and is paved.[15] It is located at 36°13′3″N 91°45′3″W / 36.21750°N 91.75083°W / 36.21750; -91.75083 (36.2213694, -91.7554833) at an elevation of 782 ft. / 238 m. Its variation is 03E.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Horseshoe Bend city, Arkansas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "About Us". Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Myron, AR and Franklin, AR, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangles, US Topo, USGS, 2011
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "Horseshoe Bend Community Services". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "Page 4". Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Horseshoe Bend City Court". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  12. ^ "Horseshoe Bend Fire Department". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  13. ^ "Horseshoe Bend Animal Control". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  14. ^ "Horseshoe Bend Library". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  15. ^ "Horseshoe Bend Airport". City of Horseshoe Bend. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  16. ^ "AirNav: 6M2 - Horseshoe Bend Airport". AirNav.com. Retrieved August 5, 2013.

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