Stephens, Arkansas

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Stephens, Arkansas
Water tower in Stephens
Water tower in Stephens
Location of Stephens in Ouachita County, Arkansas.
Location of Stephens in Ouachita County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 33°24′54″N 93°4′6″W / 33.41500°N 93.06833°W / 33.41500; -93.06833Coordinates: 33°24′54″N 93°4′6″W / 33.41500°N 93.06833°W / 33.41500; -93.06833
CountryUnited States
 • Total2.77 sq mi (7.17 km2)
 • Land2.76 sq mi (7.14 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
249 ft (76 m)
 • Total770
 • Density279.39/sq mi (107.89/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code870
FIPS code05-66860
GNIS feature ID0055203
Stephens Municipal Building
Across from the municipal building, Security Bank is a major business in Stephens.
First Baptist Church of Stephens
Stephens Church of Christ off U.S. Highway 79 North
Abandoned gasoline station in Stephens

Stephens is a city in Ouachita County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 891 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area. Stephens was incorporated in 1889.


Stephens is located at 33°24′54″N 93°4′6″W / 33.41500°N 93.06833°W / 33.41500; -93.06833 (33.415025, -93.068311).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.73%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

2020 census[edit]

Stephens racial composition[4]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 276 35.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 462 60.0%
Native American 4 0.52%
Other/Mixed 27 3.51%
Hispanic or Latino 1 0.13%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 770 people, 376 households, and 237 families residing in the city.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 891 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 57.1% Black, 40.6% White, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% from some other race and 1.1% from two or more races. 0.9% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,152 people, 448 households, and 317 families living in the city. The population density was 421.8 inhabitants per square mile (162.9/km2). There were 509 housing units at an average density of 186.4 per square mile (72.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 53.04% White, 45.83% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.17% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 0.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 448 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.8% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.4% 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 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,045, and the median income for a family was $30,903. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $20,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,608. About 30.4% of families and 32.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.7% of those under age 18 and 28.8% of those age 65 or over.


Students are zoned to the Camden Fairview School District, including Camden Fairview High School.

It was previously served by the Stephens School District, which operated Stephens High School. The Arkansas Board of Education voted to dissolve the Stephens district in April 2014. A portion in Ouachita County was assigned to Camden Fairview, affecting about 140 students. Camden Fairview took ownership of the Stephens district buildings in Stephens. According to Mike McNeill of the Magnolia Reporter, the expected outcome was that the Camden Fairview district would give the Stephens school property to the Stephens city government. In 2021, The Stephens Highschool was reopened under the ownership of The Apostolic Church of Stephens (ACTS Church) as a private school. [6]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ McNeill, Mike (2014-04-11). "5-2 state board vote shuts down Stephens School District". Magnolia Reporter. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  7. ^ "Joe Perry". Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  8. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Otto Passman, Jerry Huckaby, and Frank Spooner: The Louisiana Fifth Congressional District Election of 1976", Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, LIV No. 3 (Summer 2013), p. 346