Location in Scott County and the state of Arkansas
|• Total||5.1 sq mi (13 km2)|
|• Land||5 sq mi (12.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||659 ft (201 m)|
|• Density||709.4/sq mi (278.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||72924, 72958|
|GNIS feature ID||0078668|
Waldron is located at (34.899191, -94.091483).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.0 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.19%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,508 people, 1,430 households, and 899 families residing in the city. The population density was 704.4 people per square mile (272.0/km²). There were 1,563 housing units at an average density of 313.8 per square mile (121.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.42% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 7.16% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 15.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,430 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $21,921, and the median income for a family was $26,829. Males had a median income of $25,256 versus $16,136 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,193. About 22.8% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.
Public education for elementary and secondary school students is primarily provided by the Waldron School District, which leads to graduation from Waldron High School. The district and school mascot and athletic emblem is the Bulldog with orange and black serving as the district and school colors.
- Terry Rice, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Waldron
- Lecil Richard "Tom" Sawyer (1906-2004) was a legendary football coach at Waldron High School. His Bulldog teams won a collective 87 percent of their games during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The Waldron football field is named in his honor. Edward "Odell" Fryar, who played under Sawyer, described him as "probably the best high school football coach in Arkansas. He was a task master on the practice field and made sure every player played hard every play. Moreover, he was an even better person off the field." Sawyer's son, Tom Franklin Sawyer, said that his father "cared about his players, but he got the most out of them. ..." Daughter Mary Anne Salmon, a former member of the Arkansas State Senate from North Little Rock, described her father as "a great motivator and encourager, and those two qualities brought out the best in his players."
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Waldron has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
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- "Lecil Richard "Tom" Sawyer". The Daily Hatch by Everette Hatcher. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
- Climate Summary for Waldron, Arkansas
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Waldron (Scott County)