Location in Desha County and the state of Arkansas
|• Total||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|• Land||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||148 ft (45 m)|
|• Density||1,100/sq mi (420/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0056106|
Delta Heritage Trail
In 1992, the Union Pacific Railroad discontinued service on a rail line which ran directly through Watson, and a 73 mi (117 km) right-of-way on which the rail line ran was donated to the State of Arkansas. Parts of the abandoned rail line have since been converted into the Delta Heritage Trail. The portion of the trail passing through Watson is still under construction. When complete, the town will find itself uniquely positioned for visitors wishing to access the trail. A vast wilderness lies to the north of the town, where the trail will offer spectacular views of the Arkansas River (from the Yancopin Bridge), and of the White River (from the Benzal Bridge). Between the bridges, the trail will traverse old-growth hardwood forest within the Trusten Holder State Wildlife Management Area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 288 people, 113 households, and 78 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,414.6 people per square mile (556.0/km²). There were 125 housing units at an average density of 614.0/sq mi (241.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.57% White, 24.65% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.69% Pacific Islander, and 1.39% from two or more races.
There were 113 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $17,143, and the median income for a family was $33,889. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $15,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,631. About 22.6% of families and 25.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 23.0% of those sixty five or over.
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Watson city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Delta Heritage Trail State Park". Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- "Delta Heritage Trail". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. April 24, 2012.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.