Star City, Arkansas

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Star City, Arkansas
Clock tower on the town square
Clock tower on the town square
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Lincoln County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 33°56′27″N 91°50′33″W / 33.94083°N 91.84250°W / 33.94083; -91.84250Coordinates: 33°56′27″N 91°50′33″W / 33.94083°N 91.84250°W / 33.94083; -91.84250
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lincoln
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 272 ft (83 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,471
 • Density 588.3/sq mi (226.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71667
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-66440
GNIS feature ID 0078447

Star City is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Arkansas.[1] Incorporated in 1876, the city is located between the Arkansas Delta and Arkansas Timberlands. With an economy historically based on agriculture, today Star City has developed a diverse economy based on both industry and agriculture.[2] As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,274.[3] Star City is located within the Pine Bluff metropolitan area.


Star City is located at 33°56′27″N 91°50′33″W / 33.94083°N 91.84250°W / 33.94083; -91.84250 (33.940947, -91.842575).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.

The city is between Monticello and Pine Bluff.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 204
1900 251 23.0%
1910 396 57.8%
1920 616 55.6%
1930 932 51.3%
1940 1,090 17.0%
1950 1,296 18.9%
1960 1,573 21.4%
1970 2,032 29.2%
1980 2,066 1.7%
1990 2,138 3.5%
2000 2,471 15.6%
2010 2,274 −8.0%
Est. 2015 2,180 [6] −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,471 people, 875 households, and 603 families residing in the city. The population density was 587.5 people per square mile (226.6/km²). There were 972 housing units at an average density of 231.1 per square mile (89.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.93% White, 21.08% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.04% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 875 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 75.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,197, and the median income for a family was $40,156. Males had a median income of $34,107 versus $19,630 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,998. About 15.9% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Star City, Arkansas was the setting for the 1992 police thriller film One False Move, starring actors Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton, and written by Thornton. However, only some filming was reportedly done there when it was actually shot in Cotton Plant, AR.[9]

Annual cultural events[edit]

Star City is the home of the annual STARDAZE festival. The festival draws people from all over southeastern Arkansas.


The Star City School District operates public schools:[5] Jimmy Brown Elementary School, Star City Middle School, and Star City High School.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Star City provides the setting for Carl Franklin's 1992 thriller film, One False Move, co-written by Arkansan, Billy Bob Thornton.




Highway 11 near the US 425 intersection in Star City

Star City is located at the intersection of US Highway 425 (US 425) and Highway 11 (AR 11). US 425 is a major north-south highway in southeast Arkansas and connects the city to Pine Bluff to the north and Monticello to the south. AR 11 provides access to Gould and US 65 to the east and US 63 to the west.

AR 530 currently terminates near Star City. This route is a two-lane freeway segment of a future extension of Interstate 530 (I-530) south to Monticello. In Monticello, the planned extension will connect to future Interstate 69, a proposed road connecting Port Huron, Michigan and Rosenberg, Texas.



  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ DeArmond-Huskey, Rebecca. "Star City (Lincoln County)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved July 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b "District Homepage." Star City School District. Retrieved on March 6, 2011. "206 Cleveland Street, Arkansas" [sic]
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^

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