Arkansas County, Arkansas
Arkansas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population is 20,749. The county has two county seats, De Witt and Stuttgart. The first of the state's 75 present-day counties to be created, Arkansas County was formed on 13 December 1813 and is named after the Arkansa Indian tribe.
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- Prairie County (north)
- Monroe County (northeast)
- Phillips County (east)
- Desha County (south)
- Lincoln County (southwest)
- Jefferson County (west)
- Lonoke County (northwest)
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 20,749 people, 8,457 households, and 5,970 families residing in the county. The population density is 8/km² (21/mi²). There are 9,672 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 75.19% White, 23.36% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.76% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 8,457 households out of which 31.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% are married couples living together, 13.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% are non-families. 26.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.41 and the average family size is 2.89.
In the county the population is spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 90.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $30,316, and the median income for a family is $36,472. Males have a median income of $28,914 versus $21,127 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,401. 17.80% of the population and 14.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.80% of those under the age of 18 and 15.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.