Independence County, Arkansas

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Independence County
Historic Charles R. Handford House in Batesville.
Map of Arkansas highlighting Independence County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°43′23″N 91°31′14″W / 35.723055555556°N 91.520555555556°W / 35.723055555556; -91.520555555556
Country United States
State Arkansas
FoundedOctober 20, 1820
Named forUnited States Declaration of Independence
SeatBatesville
Largest cityBatesville
Area
 • Total772 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Land764 sq mi (1,980 km2)
 • Water7.6 sq mi (20 km2)  1.0%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total36,647
 • Estimate 
(2019)
37,825
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.independencecounty.com

Independence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,647.[1] The county seat is Batesville.[2] Independence County is Arkansas's ninth county, formed on October 20, 1820, from a portion of Lawrence County and named in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence.[3] It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

The Batesville, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Independence County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 772 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 764 square miles (1,980 km2) is land and 7.6 square miles (20 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

List of highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18302,031
18403,66980.6%
18507,767111.7%
186014,30784.2%
187014,5661.8%
188018,08624.2%
189021,96121.4%
190022,5572.7%
191024,7769.8%
192023,976−3.2%
193024,2251.0%
194025,6435.9%
195023,488−8.4%
196020,048−14.6%
197022,72313.3%
198030,14732.7%
199031,1923.5%
200034,2339.7%
201036,6477.1%
2019 (est.)37,825[5]3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2016[1]
Age pyramid Independence County[10]

2020 census[edit]

Independence County racial composition[11]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 31,511 83.06%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 830 2.19%
Native American 133 0.35%
Asian 340 0.9%
Pacific Islander 30 0.08%
Other/Mixed 1,836 4.84%
Hispanic or Latino 3,258 8.59%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 37,938 people, 14,322 households, and 9,929 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 34,233 people, 13,467 households, and 9,669 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (17/km2). There were 14,841 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.91% White, 2.04% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,467 households, out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,920, and the median income for a family was $38,444. Males had a median income of $27,284 versus $20,086 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,163. About 9.90% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.


Government[edit]

Over the past few election cycles Independence County has trended heavily towards the GOP. The last Democrat (as of 2020) to carry this county was Bill Clinton in 1996.

United States presidential election results for Independence County, Arkansas[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,250 77.52% 2,806 19.34% 456 3.14%
2016 9,936 72.98% 2,881 21.16% 797 5.85%
2012 8,728 70.40% 3,281 26.47% 388 3.13%
2008 8,255 67.12% 3,688 29.99% 356 2.89%
2004 7,430 57.11% 5,443 41.83% 138 1.06%
2000 6,145 53.00% 5,146 44.39% 303 2.61%
1996 4,021 34.58% 6,240 53.66% 1,367 11.76%
1992 4,232 32.96% 7,083 55.16% 1,525 11.88%
1988 6,637 59.22% 4,523 40.36% 48 0.43%
1984 7,428 62.36% 4,415 37.07% 68 0.57%
1980 5,076 45.63% 5,683 51.08% 366 3.29%
1976 2,878 28.79% 7,116 71.17% 4 0.04%
1972 5,076 65.74% 2,630 34.06% 15 0.19%
1968 2,782 35.48% 2,289 29.19% 2,770 35.33%
1964 2,470 35.49% 4,455 64.01% 35 0.50%
1960 2,639 49.90% 2,487 47.02% 163 3.08%
1956 2,333 49.82% 2,316 49.46% 34 0.73%
1952 2,499 49.95% 2,485 49.67% 19 0.38%
1948 855 24.15% 2,340 66.08% 346 9.77%
1944 1,192 40.00% 1,779 59.70% 9 0.30%
1940 928 28.82% 2,276 70.68% 16 0.50%
1936 685 24.53% 2,101 75.25% 6 0.21%
1932 371 13.20% 2,427 86.34% 13 0.46%
1928 1,150 43.10% 1,511 56.63% 7 0.26%
1924 534 26.15% 1,313 64.30% 195 9.55%
1920 1,077 39.74% 1,546 57.05% 87 3.21%
1916 762 27.72% 1,987 72.28% 0 0.00%
1912 412 18.73% 1,225 55.68% 563 25.59%
1908 948 35.72% 1,529 57.61% 177 6.67%
1904 736 39.85% 1,052 56.96% 59 3.19%
1900 782 32.72% 1,526 63.85% 82 3.43%
1896 567 21.19% 2,089 78.06% 20 0.75%


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Townships in Independence County, Arkansas as of 2010

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 Independence County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township. [14][15]

Source:[16]

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 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 165.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  14. ^ 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Independence County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  15. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, CPH-1-5, Arkansas" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2014. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)

Coordinates: 35°43′23″N 91°31′14″W / 35.72306°N 91.52056°W / 35.72306; -91.52056