Keiser, Arkansas

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Keiser, Arkansas
City
Keiser historical marker at City Hall
Keiser historical marker at City Hall
Location of Keiser in Mississippi County, Arkansas.
Location of Keiser in Mississippi County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 35°40′28″N 90°5′46″W / 35.67444°N 90.09611°W / 35.67444; -90.09611Coordinates: 35°40′28″N 90°5′46″W / 35.67444°N 90.09611°W / 35.67444; -90.09611
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Mississippi
Area[1]
 • Total 0.36 sq mi (0.94 km2)
 • Land 0.36 sq mi (0.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 230 ft (70 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 759
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 687
 • Density 1,887.36/sq mi (729.08/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72351
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-36310
GNIS feature ID 0058010

Keiser is a city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 808 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Originally known as Savage Crossing, Keiser was one of several cities established by prominent late-19th century planter and land developer Robert E. Lee Wilson. The city, which served as a logging outpost and railroad stop on the rail line that connected Wilson and Jonesboro, was named for Wilson's friend, John Keiser. After the forests had been cleared, the city transitioned from a logging town to an agrarian community. The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station established a research farm near Keiser in 1957, and built a regional headquarters in Keiser, the Northeast Research and Extension Center, 1980.[3]

Geography[edit]

Keiser is located at 35°40′28″N 90°5′46″W / 35.67444°N 90.09611°W / 35.67444; -90.09611 (35.674411, -90.096084).[4] The city is concentrated along a stretch of Arkansas Highway 181 southwest of Osceola and northwest of Wilson. Interstate 55 passes just east of the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all land.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Keiser has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940452
195052215.5%
1960516−1.1%
197068833.3%
198096239.8%
1990805−16.3%
20008080.4%
2010759−6.1%
Est. 2016687[2]−9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 759 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 5.1% Black, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.4% from some other race and 0.9% from two or more races. 1.1% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 808 people, 303 households, and 230 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,239.3 people per square mile (866.6/km²). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 925.7/sq mi (358.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.45% White, 4.46% Black or African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.99% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 2.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 303 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.8% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,517, and the median income for a family was $36,940. Males had a median income of $27,679 versus $19,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,769. About 10.4% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 21.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public education for elementary and secondary students is provided by the Southern Mississippi County School District, which includes the Southern Mississippi County Elementary School at Keiser. Students graduate from Rivercrest High School located in Wilson.

Notable people[edit]

Ed Bruce - country music songwriter and singer. He is known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"

Narvel Felts – country music singer-songwriter (active 1957–1988); recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Steven Teske, "Keiser (Mississippi County)," Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, 2016.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Keiser, Arkansas
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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