West Fork, Arkansas
West Fork, Arkansas
Historic Woolsey Bridge over the West Fork, White River
"Where the best begins!"
Location of West Fork in Washington County, Arkansas.
|Incorporated||May 18, 1885|
|• Total||3.67 sq mi (9.51 km2)|
|• Land||3.61 sq mi (9.34 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)|
|Elevation||1,358 ft (414 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||717.42/sq mi (277.00/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0081903|
West Fork was incorporated as a city in 1885.
|Encyclopedia of Arkansas|
History and Culture
As of the census 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 3.72 and the average family size was 4.04.
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.
Economically one of the poorer regions of the Northwest Arkansas region, the median income for a household in the city was $31,356, and the median income for a family was $34,818. Males had a median income of $28,037 versus $20,091 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,976. About 34.6% of families and 25.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.
Parks and recreation
The West Fork of the White River flows through the east side of the town. 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 has an elevation of 2,020 feet (620 m).
- West Fork Elementary
- West Fork Middle School
- West Fork High School
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.
- Mildred Earp, professional women's baseball player
- Lance Eads, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 88 in Washington County; former resident of West Fork
- 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)
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- History of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas. Higginson Book Company. 1889. p. 265.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: West Fork, Arkansas
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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- Arkansas Atlas and Gazetteer (Map) (Second ed.). DeLorme. 2002. p. 30. ISBN 0-89933-345-1.
- "Washington County Observer". Washington County Observer. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Lance Ronaco Eads". intelius.com. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Justin Harris' Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 6, 2014.