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Location in Clay County and the state of Arkansas
|• Total||1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)|
|• Land||1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||285 ft (87 m)|
|• Density||1,470/sq mi (567.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0058468|
In 1881 the Texas and St. Louis Railroad laid out the town of Rector about 2 miles (3 km) to the south of an existing settlement named Scatterville, and the population of Scatterville gradually migrated to the new town.
Rector is located in southern Clay County along the southeastern edge of Crowley's Ridge. U.S. Route 49 passes through the city, leading northeast 13 miles (21 km) to Piggott and southwest 7 miles (11 km) to Marmaduke.
As of the census of 2000, the racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.55% Native American, 0.20% Asian, and 0.99% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $21,051, and the median income for a family was $29,330. Males had a median income of $27,650 versus $19,293 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,931. About 17.9% of families and 23.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 31.6% of those age 65 or over.
Annual cultural events
The Rector Labor Day Picnic features a rodeo, a parade, beauty pageants, and is a popular political campaign stop.
Public education is primarily provided by the Rector School District, which leads to graduation from Rector High School. The Rector School District was known as Clay County Central School District from 1985 until 2000.
- Dale Alford, member of the United States House of Representatives for Arkansas's 5th congressional district, 1959 to 1963; district dismantled in 1963; reared in Rector
- Jerry Bookout, Arkansas politician
- Maurice Copeland, actor
- Edwin A. Doss, colonel, USAF
- Denver "Bull" Randleman, sergeant in the Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division
- Dave Wallace, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Mississippi County since 2015; former resident of Rector
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rector city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.