Saline County, Arkansas

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Saline County
Saline County Courthouse in Benton
Saline County Courthouse in Benton
Map of Arkansas highlighting Saline County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°39′04″N 92°40′54″W / 34.651111111111°N 92.681666666667°W / 34.651111111111; -92.681666666667
Country United States
State Arkansas
FoundedNovember 2, 1835
SeatBenton
Largest cityBenton
Area
 • Total730 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Land724 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Water6.9 sq mi (18 km2)  0.9%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total123,416
 • Density170/sq mi (65/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.salinecounty.org

Saline County (/ˈsʌ.ln/ suh-LEAN) is located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 123,416.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Benton.[2] Saline County was formed on November 2, 1835, and named for the salt water (brine) springs in the area, despite a differing pronunciation from saline. Until November 2014, it was an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Saline County is included in the Central Arkansas region.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 730 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 724 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 6.9 square miles (18 km2) (0.9%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18402,061
18503,90389.4%
18606,64070.1%
18703,911−41.1%
18808,953128.9%
189011,31126.3%
190013,12216.0%
191016,65726.9%
192016,7810.7%
193015,660−6.7%
194019,16322.4%
195023,81624.3%
196028,95621.6%
197036,10724.7%
198053,16147.2%
199064,18320.7%
200083,52930.1%
2010107,11828.2%
2020123,41615.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790–1960[5] 1900–1990[6]
1990–2000[7] 2010[8]
Age pyramid Saline County[9]

2020 census[edit]

Saline County racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 96,745 78.39%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 10,351 8.39%
Native American 522 0.42%
Asian 1,453 1.18%
Pacific Islander 70 0.06%
Other/Mixed 5,768 4.67%
Hispanic or Latino 8,507 6.89%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 123,416 people, 45,455 households, and 31,395 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[11] there were 83,529 people, 31,778 households, and 24,500 families residing in the county. The population density was 116 inhabitants per square mile (45/km2). There were 33,825 housing units at an average density of 47 per square mile (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.27% White, 2.20% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,778 households, out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.80% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.90% were non-families. 19.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,569, and the median income for a family was $48,717. Males had a median income of $32,052 versus $23,294 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,214. About 5.00% of families and 7.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.


Media[edit]

The area is served online and in print by The Saline Courier.[12]

Government[edit]

Over the past few election cycles Saline County has trended heavily towards the GOP. The last Democrat (as of 2020) to carry this county was Bill Clinton in 1996.

United States presidential election results for Saline County, Arkansas[13][14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 39,556 69.45% 16,060 28.20% 1,343 2.36%
2016 35,863 68.83% 13,256 25.44% 2,981 5.72%
2012 32,963 70.04% 12,869 27.34% 1,230 2.61%
2008 30,981 69.38% 12,695 28.43% 977 2.19%
2004 24,864 63.15% 14,153 35.94% 359 0.91%
2000 18,617 57.48% 12,700 39.21% 1,074 3.32%
1996 11,695 40.77% 14,027 48.90% 2,963 10.33%
1992 10,105 39.38% 12,671 49.38% 2,885 11.24%
1988 12,353 58.89% 8,436 40.22% 188 0.90%
1984 11,709 60.68% 6,977 36.16% 611 3.17%
1980 8,330 42.60% 10,368 53.02% 857 4.38%
1976 4,123 25.55% 12,008 74.41% 7 0.04%
1972 7,972 63.64% 4,503 35.95% 52 0.42%
1968 2,614 23.15% 3,111 27.55% 5,569 49.31%
1964 3,628 38.96% 5,605 60.18% 80 0.86%
1960 2,195 32.32% 3,898 57.40% 698 10.28%
1956 2,603 40.81% 3,705 58.09% 70 1.10%
1952 1,766 30.12% 4,045 68.99% 52 0.89%
1948 390 13.60% 2,070 72.18% 408 14.23%
1944 643 19.99% 2,556 79.45% 18 0.56%
1940 274 12.17% 1,963 87.21% 14 0.62%
1936 359 18.86% 1,520 79.87% 24 1.26%
1932 107 5.03% 1,990 93.47% 32 1.50%
1928 520 29.12% 1,261 70.60% 5 0.28%
1924 144 13.65% 770 72.99% 141 13.36%
1920 403 24.13% 1,206 72.22% 61 3.65%
1916 231 12.85% 1,567 87.15% 0 0.00%
1912 164 13.86% 814 68.81% 205 17.33%
1908 369 27.48% 899 66.94% 75 5.58%
1904 391 38.04% 588 57.20% 49 4.77%
1900 342 29.01% 811 68.79% 26 2.21%
1896 268 15.89% 1,417 84.00% 2 0.12%
1892 326 20.84% 1,161 74.23% 77 4.92%

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Town[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Townships in Saline County, Arkansas as of 2010

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 Saline County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township. [15][16]

Source:[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Saline County, Arkansas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "Contact | The Saline Courier". www.bentoncourier.com. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  14. ^ http://geoelections.free.fr/. Retrieved January 13, 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Saline County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  16. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  17. ^ "Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, CPH-1-5, Arkansas" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2014. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)

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Coordinates: 34°39′04″N 92°40′54″W / 34.65111°N 92.68167°W / 34.65111; -92.68167