Location in Faulkner County and the state of Arkansas
|• Mayor||James Firestone|
|• Total||6.4 sq mi (16.7 km2)|
|• Land||6.4 sq mi (16.7 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||308 ft (94 m)|
|• Density||596.1/sq mi (228.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0078658|
Vilonia incorporated on August 23, 1938.
A small portion of the town was destroyed in a tornado on the evening of April 25, 2011. The devastated area was a mobile home park. The tornado was confirmed by National Weather Service survey crews, who rated the tornado a high end EF2. Four people were killed in the Vilonia area as a result of the twister.
On April 27, 2014 in the late evening hours, a violent EF4 tornado slammed through Vilonia and neighboring Mayflower just before 8 PM. Sixteen people were killed, several homes in one subdivision were swept clean off their foundations, a 15-ton fertilizer tank was thrown 3/4 of a mile, and several businesses damaged and destroyed. The rating is disputed due to the fact of houses being completely obliterated, but having cut nails as foundation anchors, which gave the tornado a final rating of EF4 with winds at 190 MPH. The NWS office in Little Rock said that if it occurred before the EF-Scale was implemented in 2007, it more than likely would have been rated an F5. There was consideration of upgrading the tornado to EF5 status, but due to the quality of construction, the EF4 rating stands.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,106 people, 726 households, and 612 families residing in the town. The population density was 327.6 inhabitants per square mile (126.5/km²). There were 785 housing units at an average density of 122.1 per square mile (47.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.39% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 726 households out of which 51.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the town the population was spread out with 33.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $45,147, and the median income for a family was $50,184. Males had a median income of $33,684 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,495. About 6.1% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.
- J. B. Chapman (1884-1947), minister, president of Arkansas Holiness and Peniel Colleges, editor of the Herald of Holiness, and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene.
- Local.Arkansas.gov – Vilonia, retrieved September 3, 2012
- Vilonia Tourism.
- "Public Information Statement". National Weather Service, Little Rock AR. NOAA. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- Bruce Olson (April 26, 2011). "Five dead in Arkansas as floods, tornadoes hit again". Reuters. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Vilonia Chamber of Commerce
- Vilonia Tourism
- Vilonia School District
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Vilonia (Faulkner County)