Okolona, Arkansas

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Okolona, Arkansas
Arkansas Highway 182 in Okolona, January 2018
Arkansas Highway 182 in Okolona, January 2018
Location of Okolona in Clark County, Arkansas.
Location of Okolona in Clark County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 34°0′2″N 93°20′15″W / 34.00056°N 93.33750°W / 34.00056; -93.33750Coordinates: 34°0′2″N 93°20′15″W / 34.00056°N 93.33750°W / 34.00056; -93.33750
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
371 ft (113 m)
 • Total147
 • Estimate 
 • Density174.02/sq mi (67.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-51530
GNIS feature ID0052980

Okolona is a town near the western edge of Clark County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 147 at the 2010 census.[3]

The Battle of Elkin's Ferry of the Civil War was fought here during April 3–4, 1864, as a part of the Camden Expedition. Union forces, led by Maj. Gen. Fred Steele, sought to ford the Little Missouri River, as the local roads were impassable. The force reached Elkin's Ferry before the Confederate cavalry brigades, led by Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke, and the Confederates were defeated.

Okolona has several churches; the Saint Clair Baptist Church, Okolona Baptist Church, Okolona First United Methodist Church, and Center Grove United Methodist Church.


Okolona is located in western Clark County at 34°0′2″N 93°20′15″W / 34.00056°N 93.33750°W / 34.00056; -93.33750 (34.000589, -93.337362).[4] Arkansas Highway 51 passes through the community, leading northeast 21 miles (34 km) to Arkadelphia, the county seat, and south 8 miles (13 km) to Interstate 30.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.77 square miles (2.0 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2017138[2]−6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 160 people, 70 households, and 45 families residing in the town. The population density was 79.2/km² (204.8/mi²). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 42.6/km² (110.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 68.12% White and 31.88% Black or African American.

There were 70 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,833, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $30,500 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,318. None of the families and 0.6% of the population were living below the poverty line.

An old school building in Okolona, January 2018


Public education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by the Gurdon School District with area students graduating from Gurdon High School.[7]

It was served by the Okolona School District until that district was dissolved on July 1, 1987. The Gurdon district was one of several absorbing territory from the former Okolona district.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Okolona town, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Clark County, AR." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on October 13, 2017.

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