Pulaski County, Arkansas

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Pulaski County, Arkansas
Pulaski county arkansas courthouse.jpg
Pulaski County Courthouse, in downtown Little Rock
Map of Arkansas highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1818
Named for Casimir Pulaski
Seat Little Rock
Largest city Little Rock
Area
 • Total 808 sq mi (2,093 km2)
 • Land 760 sq mi (1,968 km2)
 • Water 48 sq mi (124 km2), 5.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 393,250
 • Density 504/sq mi (195/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website pulaskicounty.net

Pulaski County is a county in the U.S. state of Arkansas with a population of 392,664,[1] making it the most populous county in Arkansas. Its county seat is Little Rock,[2] which is also Arkansas's capital and largest city. Pulaski County is Arkansas's fifth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Hempstead counties. The county is named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who saved George Washington's life during the American Revolutionary War.

Pulaski County is included in the Little Rock–North Little RockConway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area which had 731,612 people in the 2015 census estimates. The Little Rock, North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area had 904,469 people in the 2015 census estimates.

History[edit]

An 1863 American Civil War battle, the Battle of Bayou Fourche, occurred in Pulaski County.

Pulaski County was home to Willow Springs Water Park, one of the oldest water parks in the nation, which opened in 1928 and closed in 2013.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 808 square miles (2,090 km2), of which 760 square miles (2,000 km2) is land and 48 square miles (120 km2) (5.9%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,395
1840 5,350 123.4%
1850 5,657 5.7%
1860 11,699 106.8%
1870 32,066 174.1%
1880 32,616 1.7%
1890 47,329 45.1%
1900 63,179 33.5%
1910 86,751 37.3%
1920 109,464 26.2%
1930 137,727 25.8%
1940 156,085 13.3%
1950 196,685 26.0%
1960 242,980 23.5%
1970 287,189 18.2%
1980 340,613 18.6%
1990 349,660 2.7%
2000 361,474 3.4%
2010 382,748 5.9%
Est. 2016 393,250 [4] 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2016[1]
Age pyramid Pulaski County[9]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[10] there were 361,474 people, 147,942 households, and 95,718 families residing in the county. The population density was 469 people per square mile (181/km²). There were 161,135 housing units at an average density of 209 per square mile (81/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.96% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 2.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 147,942 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.90% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,120, and the median income for a family was $46,523. Males had a median income of $33,131 versus $25,943 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,466. About 10.40% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Pulaski County, Arkansas
vote by party in presidential elections [11]
Year REP DEM Others
2016 38.34% 61,257 56.06% 89,574 5.60% 8,945
2012 43.28% 68,984 54.74% 87,248 1.98% 3,149
2008 43.52% 70,212 55.07% 88,854 1.41% 2,277
2004 44.20% 67,903 55.03% 84,532 0.77% 1,185
2000 43.94% 55,866 53.73% 68,320 2.33% 2,965
1996 35.06% 44,780 58.78% 75,084 6.16% 7,869
1992 34.89% 47,789 58.03% 79,482 7.07% 9,686
1988 54.98% 70,562 43.53% 55,857 1.49% 1,914
1984 58.20% 77,651 40.65% 54,237 1.15% 1,530
1980 46.15% 52,125 48.56% 54,839 5.29% 5,973
1976 37.14% 37,690 62.62% 63,541 0.24% 244
1972 62.95% 57,576 36.75% 33,611 0.31% 281
1968 33.32% 26,709 34.43% 27,597 32.24% 25,844
1964 48.32% 38,312 51.12% 40,535 0.56% 442
1960 39.70% 22,146 46.67% 26,034 13.64% 7,608
1956 51.10% 25,702 46.46% 23,372 2.44% 1,227
1952 48.59% 23,460 50.63% 24,448 0.78% 378
1948 23.99% 5,910 53.25% 13,120 22.76% 5,609
1944 26.87% 6,069 72.91% 16,470 0.22% 50
1940 17.15% 2,955 82.52% 14,219 0.33% 56
1936 10.29% 1,320 89.49% 11,482 0.22% 28
1932 13.87% 2,281 85.46% 14,049 0.67% 110
1928 34.55% 4,880 65.24% 9,215 0.21% 29
1924 28.36% 2,729 59.30% 5,706 12.34% 1,187
1920 35.80% 3,711 62.76% 6,506 1.45% 150
1916 30.15% 2,593 69.85% 6,008 0.00% 0
1912 16.76% 1,044 54.09% 3,369 29.14% 1,815
1908 45.68% 3,533 50.33% 3,893 3.99% 309
1904 42.44% 2,450 53.68% 3,099 3.88% 224
1900 41.85% 1,932 56.52% 2,609 1.62% 75
1896 35.84% 1,754 61.73% 3,021 2.43% 119

The Arkansas Department of Correction Wrightsville Unit is in Wrightsville.[12]

Politics[edit]

Pulaski County is one of the most Democratic counties in Arkansas and the Southern United States. The city of North Little Rock was ranked the most liberal community in the state.[13] In the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, Republicans carried the county in every presidential election from 1868 to 1892. Since then, Republicans have only won the county four times: 1956, 1972, 1984, and 1988.

Education[edit]

Communities[edit]

Evening at the original portion of the Pulaski County Courthouse, in downtown Little Rock.

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "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. Pulaski County only has two townships, as of 2010. They are listed below.[14][15]

Township FIPS code ANSI code
(GNIS ID)
Population
center(s)
Pop.
(2010)
Pop.
density
(/mi²)
Pop.
density
(/km²)
Land area
(mi²)
Land area
(km²)
Water area
(mi²)
Water area
(km²)
Geographic coordinates
Big Rock 05-90300 69013 Alexander, Cammack Village, Little Rock, Wrightsville 219,984 506.7 195.6 404.014 1,046 30.148 78.08 34°44′30″N 92°24′43″W / 34.741774°N 92.412071°W / 34.741774; -92.412071
Hill 05-91731 69014 Jacksonville, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Sherwood 162,764 435.8 168.3 355.750 921.4 17.753 45.98 34°48′12″N 92°11′32″W / 34.803240°N 92.192098°W / 34.803240; -92.192098
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[16][17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Facilities 5. Arkansas Department of Corrections. Retrieved on March 8, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.businessinsider.com/most-liberal-and-conservative-towns-in-each-state-2014-6
  14. ^ 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Pulaski County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "County Subdivisions: Arkansas" (TXT). Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Census 2010 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 34°44′32″N 92°17′09″W / 34.74222°N 92.28583°W / 34.74222; -92.28583