List of counties in Arkansas

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Counties of Arkansas
LocationState of Arkansas
Number75
Populations5,368 (Calhoun) – 382,748 (Pulaski)
Areas526 square miles (1,360 km2) (Lafayette) – 1,039 square miles (2,690 km2) (Union)
GovernmentCounty government
Subdivisionscities, towns, townships, unincorporated communities, census designated place

There are 75 counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas.[1] Arkansas is tied with Mississippi for the most counties with two county seats, at 10.

Counties[edit]

County
FIPS code County seat[1] Established[2] Origin Etymology[2] Population[1] Area[3] Map
Arkansas County 001 Stuttgart,
De Witt
December 13, 1813 1st County (Eastern Arkansas) A variant pronunciation of the Quapaw Native American people 19,019 1,033.79 sq mi
(2,678 km2)
State map highlighting Arkansas County
Ashley County 003 Hamburg November 30, 1848 Chicot, Drew and Union counties Chester Ashley (1791–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas 21,853 939.08 sq mi
(2,432 km2)
State map highlighting Ashley County
Baxter County 005 Mountain Home March 24, 1873 Fulton, Izard, Marion, and Searcy counties Elisha Baxter (1827–1899), a governor of Arkansas 41,513 586.74 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Baxter County
Benton County 007 Bentonville September 30, 1836 Washington County Thomas H. Benton (1782–1858), a U.S. Senator from Missouri 221,339 884.86 sq mi
(2,292 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Boone County 009 Harrison April 9, 1869 Carroll and Marion counties Some historians say Daniel Boone (1734–1820), the American frontiersman 36,903 601.82 sq mi
(1,559 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Bradley County 011 Warren December 18, 1840 Union County Hugh Bradley, a soldier in the War of 1812 and early area settler 11,508 654.38 sq mi
(1,695 km2)
State map highlighting Bradley County
Calhoun County 013 Hampton December 6, 1850 Dallas and Ouachita counties John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), 7th Vice President of the United States and a Senator from South Carolina 5,368 632.54 sq mi
(1,638 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County 015 Berryville,
Eureka Springs
November 1, 1833 Izard County and later by Madison County (1870) Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence 27,446 638.81 sq mi
(1,655 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Chicot County 017 Lake Village October 15, 1823 Arkansas County Point Chicot on the Mississippi River 11,800 690.88 sq mi
(1,789 km2)
State map highlighting Chicot County
Clark County 019 Arkadelphia December 15, 1818 Arkansas (1818) William Clark (1770–1838), explorer and Governor of the Missouri Territory 22,995 882.60 sq mi
(2,286 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County 021 Piggott,
Corning
March 24, 1873 Randolph and Greene counties, and originally named Clayton before 1875 John Clayton, a State Senator; later shortened to Clay
to avoid misassociation with Powell Clayton
16,083 641.42 sq mi
(1,661 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cleburne County 023 Heber Springs February 20, 1883 White, Van Buren, and Independence counties Patrick Cleburne (1828–1864), a Confederate General in the Civil War 25,970 591.91 sq mi
(1,533 km2)
State map highlighting Cleburne County
Cleveland County 025 Rison April 17, 1873 Bradley, Dallas, Jefferson counties, and formerly named Dorsey County (from 1885) Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States
(formerly Stephen Dorsey, U.S. Senator from Arkansas)
8,689 598.80 sq mi
(1,551 km2)
State map highlighting Cleveland County
Columbia County 027 Magnolia December 17, 1852 Formed from Lafayette, Hempstead, and Ouachita counties Columbia, a female personification of the United States 24,552 766.86 sq mi
(1,986 km2)
State map highlighting Columbia County
Conway County 029 Morrilton October 20, 1825 Pulaski County Henry Wharton Conway (1793–1827), territorial delegate to the United States House of Representatives 21,273 566.66 sq mi
(1,468 km2)
State map highlighting Conway County
Craighead County 031 Jonesboro,
Lake City
February 19, 1859 Mississippi, Greene, Poinsett counties Thomas Craighead (1798–1862), a state senator who ironically opposed the creation of the county 96,443 712.98 sq mi
(1,847 km2)
State map highlighting Craighead County
Crawford County 033 Van Buren October 18, 1820 Pulaski County William H. Crawford (1772–1834), a politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War 61,948 604.20 sq mi
(1,565 km2)
State map highlighting Crawford County
Crittenden County 035 Marion October 22, 1825 Phillips County Robert Crittenden (1797–1834), Governor of the Arkansas Territory 50,902 636.74 sq mi
(1,649 km2)
State map highlighting Crittenden County
Cross County 037 Wynne November 15, 1862 St. Francis, Poinsett, and Crittenden counties David C. Cross, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and local politician 17,870 622.33 sq mi
(1,612 km2)
State map highlighting Cross County
Dallas County 039 Fordyce January 1, 1845 Clark and Bradley counties George M. Dallas (1792–1864), 11th Vice President of the United States 8,116 668.16 sq mi
(1,731 km2)
State map highlighting Dallas County
Desha County 041 Arkansas City December 12, 1838 Arkansas, Union counties, then from Chicot County (prior to 1880), and Lincoln (prior 1930) Benjamin Desha, a soldier in the War of 1812 13,008 819.52 sq mi
(2,123 km2)
State map highlighting Desha County
Drew County 043 Monticello November 26, 1846 Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Union counties Thomas Stevenson Drew (1802–1879), 3rd Governor of Arkansas 18,509 835.65 sq mi
(2,164 km2)
State map highlighting Drew County
Faulkner County 045 Conway April 12, 1873 Pulaski and Conway counties Sanford Faulkner (1806–1874), a Confederate soldier and the composer of the song "The Arkansas Traveler" 113,237 664.01 sq mi
(1,720 km2)
State map highlighting Faulkner County
Franklin County 047 Ozark,
Charleston
December 19, 1837 Crawford and Johnson counties Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), founding father of the United States 18,125 619.69 sq mi
(1,605 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fulton County 049 Salem December 21, 1842 Izard County and then later from Lawrence County (prior 1850) William Savin Fulton (1795–1844), the last Governor of the Arkansas Territory prior to statehood 12,245 620.32 sq mi
(1,607 km2)
State map highlighting Fulton County
Garland County 051 Hot Springs April 5, 1873 Montgomery, Hot Spring, and Saline counties Augustus Hill Garland (1832–1899), U.S. Senator and 11th Governor of Arkansas 96,024 734.57 sq mi
(1,903 km2)
State map highlighting Garland County
Grant County 053 Sheridan February 4, 1869 Jefferson, Hot Spring, Saline counties Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), 18th President of the United States 17,853 633.01 sq mi
(1,639 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greene County 055 Paragould November 5, 1833 Lawrence County and later on by Randolph Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), the Revolutionary War General 42,090 579.65 sq mi
(1,501 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Hempstead County 057 Hope December 15, 1818 Arkansas (1818) Edward Hempstead (1780–1817), Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Missouri Territory 22,609 741.36 sq mi
(1,920 km2)
State map highlighting Hempstead County
Hot Spring County 059 Malvern November 2, 1829 Clark County and later from Montgomery County (prior 1880) Naturally occurring hot springs within the county[Note 1] 32,923 622.16 sq mi
(1,611 km2)
State map highlighting Hot Spring County
Howard County 061 Nashville April 17, 1873 Pike, Hempstead, Polk, Sevier counties. James H. Howard, an Arkansas State Senator 13,789 595.20 sq mi
(1,542 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Independence County 063 Batesville October 20, 1820 Lawrence County (1820) The Declaration of Independence 36,647 771.57 sq mi
(1,998 km2)
State map highlighting Independence County
Izard County 065 Melbourne October 27, 1825 Independence, Crawford counties, and later from Fulton (prior 1880) George Izard (1776–1828), Governor of the Arkansas Territory and a General during the War of 1812 13,696 584.02 sq mi
(1,513 km2)
State map highlighting Izard County
Jackson County 067 Newport November 5, 1829 Lawrence and St. Francis counties Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), 7th President of the United States 17,997 641.45 sq mi
(1,661 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County 069 Pine Bluff November 2, 1829 Arkansas and Pulaski Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), 3rd President of the United States 77,435 913.70 sq mi
(2,366 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 071 Clarksville November 16, 1833 Pope County, and a small portion from Madison County (prior 1890) Benjamin Johnson (1784–1849), the first judge of the federal district court for Arkansas 25,540 682.74 sq mi
(1,768 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Lafayette County 073 Lewisville October 15, 1827 Hempstead County and later from Columbia County (prior 1910) Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), a Frenchman who served as a General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War 7,645 545.07 sq mi
(1,412 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette County
Lawrence County 075 Walnut Ridge January 15, 1815 Arkansas and New Madrid (MO) in 1815 James Lawrence (1781–1813), an American naval officer during the War of 1812 17,415 592.34 sq mi
(1,534 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lee County 077 Marianna April 17, 1873 Phillips, Monroe, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties. Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a confederate General during the Civil War 10,424 619.47 sq mi
(1,604 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Lincoln County 079 Star City March 28, 1871 Arkansas, Bradley, Desha, Drew, and Jefferson counties Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States 14,134 572.17 sq mi
(1,482 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Little River County 081 Ashdown March 5, 1867 Sevier County Little River, a tributary of the Red River 13,171 564.87 sq mi
(1,463 km2)
State map highlighting Little River County
Logan County 083 Booneville,
Paris
March 22, 1871 Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Scott, and Yell counties (Formally named Sarber County) James Logan (1791–1859), an early settler of western Arkansas 22,353 731.50 sq mi
(1,895 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Lonoke County 085 Lonoke April 16, 1873 Prairie and Pulaski counties An oak tree that stood on the site of the current county seat 68,356 802.43 sq mi
(2,078 km2)
State map highlighting Lonoke County
Madison County 087 Huntsville September 30, 1836 Washington County James Madison (1751–1836), 4th President of the United States 15,717 837.06 sq mi
(2,168 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County 089 Yellville November 3, 1835 Izard County Francis Marion (1732–1795), an American general during the Revolutionary War 16,653 640.39 sq mi
(1,659 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Miller County 091 Texarkana April 1, 1820[Note 2] Lafayette County Former Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38), which was named for
James Miller (1776–1851), first Governor of the Arkansas Territory
43,462 637.48 sq mi
(1,651 km2)
State map highlighting Miller County
Mississippi County 093 Blytheville,
Osceola
November 1, 1833 Crittenden the Mississippi River 46,480 919.73 sq mi
(2,382 km2)
State map highlighting Mississippi County
Monroe County 095 Clarendon November 2, 1829[4] Phillips and Arkansas counties James Monroe (1758–1831), 5th President of the United States 8,149 621.41 sq mi
(1,609 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 097 Mount Ida December 9, 1842 Hot Spring Richard Montgomery (1738–1775), an American general during the Revolutionary War 9,487 800.29 sq mi
(2,073 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Nevada County 099 Prescott March 20, 1871 Columbia, Hempstead, Ouachita counties the state of Nevada, which has a similar outline to the county's boundaries 8,997 620.78 sq mi
(1,608 km2)
State map highlighting Nevada County
Newton County 101 Jasper December 14, 1842 Carroll Thomas W. Newton (1804–1853), a State Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas 8,330 823.18 sq mi
(2,132 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Ouachita County 103 Camden November 29, 1842 Union the Ouachita River 26,120 739.63 sq mi
(1,916 km2)
State map highlighting Ouachita County
Perry County 105 Perryville December 18, 1840 Conway County Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer in the War of 1812 10,445 560.47 sq mi
(1,452 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Phillips County 107 Helena May 1, 1820 Arkansas and Lawrence County Sylvanus Phillips, a member of the territorial legislature 21,757 727.29 sq mi
(1,884 km2)
State map highlighting Phillips County
Pike County 109 Murfreesboro November 1, 1833 Clark and Hempstead counties Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), the explorer and discoverer of Pikes Peak 11,291 613.88 sq mi
(1,590 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Poinsett County 111 Harrisburg February 28, 1838 Greene, Lawrence counties Joel Poinsett (1779–1851), a United States Secretary of War and namesake of the poinsettia 24,583 763.39 sq mi
(1,977 km2)
State map highlighting Poinsett County
Polk County 113 Mena November 30, 1844 Sevier James K. Polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president of the United States 20,662 862.42 sq mi
(2,234 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Pope County 115 Russellville November 2, 1829 Crawford County John Pope (1770–1845), a governor of the Arkansas Territory 61,754 830.79 sq mi
(2,152 km2)
State map highlighting Pope County
Prairie County 117 Des Arc,
DeValls Bluff
October 25, 1846 Arkansas and Pulaski counties Grand Prairie of eastern Arkansas 8,715 675.76 sq mi
(1,750 km2)
State map highlighting Prairie County
Pulaski County 119 Little Rock December 15, 1818 Arkansas and Lawrence counties (1818) Kazimierz Pulaski (1745–1779), the Polish general in the American Revolutionary War 382,748 807.84 sq mi
(2,092 km2)
State map highlighting Pulaski County
Randolph County 121 Pocahontas October 29, 1835 Lawrence County John Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), a U.S. congressman from Virginia 17,969 656.04 sq mi
(1,699 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County
St. Francis County 123 Forrest City October 13, 1827 Formed from Phillips County The St. Francis River, a tributary of the Mississippi River 28,258 642.40 sq mi
(1,664 km2)
State map highlighting St. Francis County
Saline County 125 Benton November 2, 1835 Independence and Pulaski Salt reserves found within its borders 107,118 730.46 sq mi
(1,892 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Scott County 127 Waldron November 5, 1833 Crawford and Pope counties Andrew Scott (1789–1841), a judge of the Supreme Court of Arkansas Territory 11,233 898.09 sq mi
(2,326 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Searcy County 129 Marshall December 13, 1838 Marion County Richard Searcy, a judge from Lawrence County 8,195 668.51 sq mi
(1,731 km2)
State map highlighting Searcy County
Sebastian County 131 Fort Smith,
Greenwood
January 6, 1851 Crawford and Scott William K. Sebastian (1812–1865), a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Arkansas 125,744 546.04 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Sebastian County
Sevier County 133 De Queen October 17, 1828 Hempstead County Ambrose Sevier (1801–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas 17,058 581.35 sq mi
(1,506 km2)
State map highlighting Sevier County
Sharp County 135 Ash Flat July 18, 1868 Lawrence County Ephraim Sharp, an early settler and state legislator from the area 17,264 606.35 sq mi
(1,570 km2)
State map highlighting Sharp County
Stone County 137 Mountain View April 21, 1873 Izard, Independence, Searcy, Van Buren Rugged, rocky area terrain 12,394 609.43 sq mi
(1,578 km2)
State map highlighting Stone County
Union County 139 El Dorado November 2, 1829 Clark and Hempstead counties Petition of citizens in the Spirit of "Union and Unity" 41,639 1,055.27 sq mi
(2,733 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County 141 Clinton November 11, 1833 Conway, Izard, and Independence Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth president of the United States 17,295 724.32 sq mi
(1,876 km2)
State map highlighting Van Buren County
Washington County 143 Fayetteville October 17, 1828 Lovely County George Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States 203,065 951.72 sq mi
(2,465 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
White County 145 Searcy October 23, 1835 Independence, Jackson and Pulaski counties Hugh L. White (1773–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and U.S. presidential candidate in 1836 for the Whig Party 77,076 1,042.36 sq mi
(2,700 km2)
State map highlighting White County
Woodruff County 147 Augusta November 26, 1862 Jackson and St. Francis counties William Woodruff (1795–1885), the first newspaper publisher in Arkansas 7,260 594.05 sq mi
(1,539 km2)
State map highlighting Woodruff County
Yell County 149 Dardanelle,
Danville
December 5, 1840 Hot Spring, Pope, and Scott County Archibald Yell (1797–1847), the second governor of Arkansas 22,185 948.84 sq mi
(2,457 km2)
State map highlighting Yell County

Former counties in Arkansas[edit]

Lovely County (1827–1828)[edit]

Created on October 13, 1827, partitioned from Crawford County. The Treaty of Washington, 1828 ceded most of its territory to Indian Territory. Abolished October 17, 1828 with the remaining portion becoming Washington County.[5]

Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38)[edit]

Created from Hempstead County. Most of its northern portion was in Choctaw Nation (now part of Oklahoma); rest of northern portion was dissolved into Sevier County in 1828. All of its southern portion was in Texas, and was nominally dissolved into Lafayette County in 1838.

Fictional counties in Arkansas[edit]

Bogan County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas as portrayed in the movie White Lightning and in the movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Deeson County[edit]

A fictional county in southwest Arkansas near the intersection of Highway 71 and Interstate 82 as portrayed in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Green River County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas portrayed in the series Supernatural. Sam and Dean were arrested in Little Rock (which is located in Pulaski County), but were sent to Green River County Detention.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The namesake springs were lost to Garland County in 1873.
  2. ^ Abolished 1838, reestablished December 22, 1874.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Find A County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ a b Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State (1998). Runnells, Jonathon, ed. Historical Report of the Arkansas Secretary of State. Little Rock: Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State. pp. 90–91. LCCN 98-67362. OCLC 40157815.
  3. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation (2014-10-16). Arkansas County Polygons (SHP file) (Map). Arkansas GIS Office. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, ed. (1904). The Province and the States: A History of the Province of Louisiana Under France and Spain, and of the Territories and States of the United States Formed Therefrom. VII. Madison, WI: The Western Historical Association. p. 107. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  5. ^ McConaughy, James. "Lovely County, Arkansas". Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society (WCAGS). Retrieved 2012-05-08.

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