Little River County, Arkansas

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Little River County
County of Little River
Little River County Courthouse in Ashdown
Map of Arkansas highlighting Little River County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°41′53″N 94°13′18″W / 33.698055555556°N 94.221666666667°W / 33.698055555556; -94.221666666667
Country United States
State Arkansas
FoundedMarch 5, 1867
Named forLittle River[1]
SeatAshdown
Largest cityAshdown
Area
 • Total565 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Land532 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Water33 sq mi (90 km2)  5.8%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total13,171
 • Estimate 
(2019)
12,259
 • Density23/sq mi (9.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Little River County War Memorial during Christmas

Little River County is a county located on the southwest border of the U.S. state of Arkansas, bordering a corner with Texas and Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,171.[2] The county seat is Ashdown.[3]

Little River County is included in the Texarkana, TX-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Little River County is Arkansas's 59th county, formed from Sevier County on March 5, 1867, during the Reconstruction era and named for the Little River. The county is separated from all other surrounding counties in the state by water (a characteristic shared only with neighboring Miller County). The Little River, Millwood Lake and the Red River form the boundaries of the county within the state.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 565 square miles (1,460 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 33 square miles (85 km2) (5.8%) is water.[4] It is the third-smallest county in Arkansas by land area and fourth-smallest by total area.

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18703,236
18806,40497.9%
18908,90339.0%
190013,73154.2%
191013,597−1.0%
192016,30119.9%
193015,515−4.8%
194015,9322.7%
195011,690−26.6%
19609,211−21.2%
197011,19421.5%
198013,95224.6%
199013,9660.1%
200013,628−2.4%
201013,171−3.4%
2019 (est.)12,259[5]−6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2016[2]
Age pyramid Little River County[10]

2020 census[edit]

Little River County racial composition[11]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,593 71.45%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,164 17.99%
Native American 161 1.34%
Asian 19 0.16%
Pacific Islander 9 0.07%
Other/Mixed 671 5.58%
Hispanic or Latino 409 3.4%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 12,026 people, 5,363 households, and 3,523 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 census,[12] there were 13,628 people, 5,465 households, and 3,912 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 6,435 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 74.52% White, 21.27% Black or African American, 1.45% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 1.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,465 households, out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 12.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,417, and the median income for a family was $36,207. Males had a median income of $32,489 versus $18,435 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,899. About 11.90% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 17.80% of those age 65 or over.


Government[edit]

Like almost all of Arkansas and the rural South, the 21st century has seen Little River County make a hard turn to the Republican Party after supporting Democrats throughout its history; the move is likely due to racial and cultural agitation with the party in Appalachian and rural Southern areas. John Kerry was the last Democrat to win the county in a presidential election, in 2004. Further elections has only seen sharper turns to the right, first at the presidential level and increasingly for other contested seats, to the point where this county, and Arkansas as a whole, is very Republican today.

Presidential elections results
Little River County vote
by party in presidential elections [13]
Year GOP DEM Others
2020 71.8% 3,715 23.7% 1,226 4.6% 236
2016 68.97% 3,605 26.73% 1,397 4.30% 225
2012 67.02% 3,385 30.73% 1,552 2.26% 114
2008 63.02% 3,247 34.03% 1,753 2.95% 152
2004 48.64% 2,575 50.57% 2,677 0.79% 42
2000 43.38% 2,283 54.78% 2,883 1.84% 97
1996 27.56% 1,409 62.27% 3,183 10.17% 520
1992 25.94% 1,483 58.18% 3,327 15.87% 908
1988 45.85% 2,347 53.53% 2,740 0.63% 32
1984 59.58% 3,155 39.47% 2,090 0.94% 50
1980 45.22% 2,272 52.37% 2,631 2.41% 121
1976 31.29% 1,431 68.71% 3,142
1972 70.04% 2,550 29.96% 1,091 0.00% 0
1968 22.51% 745 32.99% 1,092 44.50% 1,473
1964 35.72% 1,141 63.87% 2,040 0.41% 13
1960 29.79% 692 65.17% 1,514 5.04% 117
1956 37.67% 828 59.51% 1,308 2.82% 62
1952 33.93% 783 65.94% 1,522 0.13% 3
1948 11.09% 169 59.06% 900 29.85% 455
1944 25.29% 326 74.55% 961 0.16% 2
1940 19.83% 276 79.31% 1,104 0.86% 12
1936 15.30% 192 84.14% 1,056 0.56% 7
1932 7.74% 118 91.80% 1,399 0.46% 7
1928 33.24% 457 66.62% 916 0.15% 2
1924 31.80% 276 62.90% 546 5.30% 46
1920 40.63% 618 56.08% 853 3.29% 50
1916 30.18% 364 69.82% 842 0.00% 0
1912 22.42% 232 59.42% 615 18.17% 188
1908 35.17% 435 53.35% 660 11.48% 142
1904 38.84% 388 55.76% 557 5.41% 54
1900 27.05% 281 72.28% 751 0.67% 7
1896 23.97% 273 74.80% 852 1.23% 14

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

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 Little River 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]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 188.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 30, 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): Little River County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  15. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Crank, Marion". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  17. ^ "Arkansas Governor Jefferson Davis". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 17, 2012.

Coordinates: 33°41′53″N 94°13′18″W / 33.69806°N 94.22167°W / 33.69806; -94.22167