West Fork, Arkansas

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West Fork, Arkansas
Historic Woolsey Bridge over the West Fork, White River
Historic Woolsey Bridge over the West Fork, White River
Motto: "Where the best begins!"[1]
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°55′57″N 94°10′57″W / 35.93250°N 94.18250°W / 35.93250; -94.18250Coordinates: 35°55′57″N 94°10′57″W / 35.93250°N 94.18250°W / 35.93250; -94.18250
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Washington
Founded 1848
Incorporated May 18, 1885
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,342 ft (409 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,042
 • Density 618.8/sq mi (237.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72774
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-74360
GNIS feature ID 0081903
Website The City of West Fork, Arkansas

West Fork is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States. The population is 2,317 at the 2010 census. It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.


West Fork was incorporated as a city on May 18, 1885.[2]


West Fork is located at 35°55′57″N 94°10′57″W / 35.93250°N 94.18250°W / 35.93250; -94.18250 (35.932618, -94.182539).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 343
1940 392 14.3%
1950 359 −8.4%
1960 350 −2.5%
1970 919 162.6%
1980 1,526 66.1%
1990 1,607 5.3%
2000 2,042 27.1%
2010 2,317 13.5%
Est. 2014 2,506 [4] 8.2%
Encyclopedia of Arkansas
History and Culture

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,042 people, 750 households, and 600 families residing in the city. The population density was 612.8 people per square mile (236.8/km²). There were 800 housing units at an average density of 240.1 per square mile (92.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.56% White or European American, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 1.71% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. 3.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 750 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.9% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,356, and the median income for a family was $41,818. Males had a median income of $30,037 versus $24,091 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,976. About 11.6% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The White River cuts the town of West Fork in half. The town sits on the west fork of the White River, hence the name. Alongside the river is Riverside Park, a common spot for recreational activities such as parties and reunions. The park features playground equipment, several pavilions, many benches, and a walking path. The town is flanked by mountains on both the east and west with Bloyd Mountain on the east being over 2,000 ft. in elevation.


West Fork Public Schools [1] serves the city, and includes:

All of the West Fork schools are co-located on School Avenue, west of the White River. West Fork's official school mascot is a tiger.


West Fork is the home of the Washington County Observer newspaper.[6]

Notable people[edit]

  • Justin Harris, operator of Growing God's Kingdom Preschool in West Fork; Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 81 (Washington and Crawford counties)[8]


  1. ^ "The City of West Fork, Arkansas". The City of West Fork, Arkansas. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Campbell, Denele (December 28, 2011). "West Fork (Washington County)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Washington County Observer". Washington County Observer. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lance Ronaco Eads". intelius.com. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Justin Harris' Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 

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