Ravenden, Arkansas

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Ravenden, Arkansas
Raven statue in the town, June 2012
Raven statue in the town, June 2012
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Location in Lawrence County, Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°14′2″N 91°15′7″W / 36.23389°N 91.25194°W / 36.23389; -91.25194Coordinates: 36°14′2″N 91°15′7″W / 36.23389°N 91.25194°W / 36.23389; -91.25194
CountryUnited States
StateArkansas
CountyLawrence
Area
 • Total2.12 sq mi (5.48 km2)
 • Land2.10 sq mi (5.45 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
338 ft (103 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total470
 • Estimate 
(2017)[2]
450
 • Density223.4/sq mi (86.24/km2)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Code
72459
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-58250
GNIS feature ID0058465

Ravenden is a town in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 470 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is in the valley of the Spring River along U.S. Highway 63 and the Burlington-Northern Railroad.

History[edit]

The community building, still in use, was dedicated in 1960. Ray Ellis was mayor at that time. The Frisco Railroad was bought out by, and merged with, the Burlington-Northern Railroad in 1980.

Geography[edit]

Ravenden is located in the northwest corner of Lawrence County at 36°14′2″N 91°15′7″W / 36.23389°N 91.25194°W / 36.23389; -91.25194 (36.233972, -91.251911).[4] U.S. Highways 62, 63, and 412 run concurrently through the north side of the town, leading northwest 16 miles (26 km) to Hardy and southeast 5 miles (8 km) to Imboden. Arkansas Highway 90 leads north from Ravenden 6 miles (10 km) to Ravenden Springs.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Ravenden has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.58%, are water.[3] The Spring River, a southeast-flowing tributary of the Black River, flows through the southern part of the town.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940240
19502452.1%
1960231−5.7%
1970219−5.2%
198033854.3%
1990330−2.4%
200051154.8%
2010470−8.0%
Est. 2017450[2]−4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 511 people, 209 households, and 145 families residing in the town. The population density was 246.7 people per square mile (95.3/km²). There were 254 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.26% White, 1.76% Native American, 0.59% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. 1.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 209 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $29,896. Males had a median income of $23,281 versus $14,444 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,723. About 19.5% of families and 28.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.6% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to the Sloan-Hendrix School District which operates Sloan-Hendrix High School.[7]

References[edit]

  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 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Ravenden town, Arkansas". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  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. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Lawrence County, AR." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 26, 2018.