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Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
City
Walnut Ridge historic rail depot and now Amtrak Station
Walnut Ridge historic rail depot and now Amtrak Station
Location in Lawrence County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Lawrence County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Lawrence
Government
 • Mayor Don House[1]
Area
 • Total 11.6 sq mi (30 km2)
 • Land 11.6 sq mi (30 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 4,925
 • Density 424.6/sq mi (164.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72476
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-72890
GNIS feature ID 0078686
Website www.cityofwalnutridge.com

Walnut Ridge is a city in Lawrence County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,925 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Lawrence County.[2] Walnut Ridge lies immediately north of Hoxie, Arkansas. The two towns form a contiguous urban area with approximately 8,000 residents. Williams Baptist College is in nearby College City.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Notable natives & residents 5
  • Transportation 6
    • List Of Highways 6.1
  • Climate 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Geography

Walnut Ridge is located at (36.072547, -90.956865).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30 km2), all land.

History

Walnut Ridge was formally established in 1875 as a result of the railroad coming through the area. Previously there had been settlement in the area known as Old Walnut Ridge not far from the current city since about 1860.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,925 people, 2,065 households, and 1,305 families residing in the city. The population density was 425.5 people per square mile (164.4/km²). There were 2,283 housing units at an average density of 197.3 per square mile (76.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.04% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.12% Asian, and 1.75% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,065 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,953, and the median income for a family was $36,735. Males had a median income of $27,458 versus $20,169 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,974. About 10.0% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public education for elementary and secondary school students is primarily provided from the Lawrence County School District, which includes Walnut Ridge Elementary School and Walnut Ridge High School.

Some portions of Walnut Ridge are provided public education for elementary and secondary students from Pocahontas School District, which leads students to graduate from Pocahontas High School.

Notable natives & residents

Transportation

List Of Highways

Climate

Climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[6]
Climate data for Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 9
(48)
11
(52)
14
(58)
21
(70)
27
(80)
31
(88)
33
(91)
33
(91)
29
(84)
23
(74)
15
(59)
10
(50)
21.3
(70.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
1
(33)
3
(38)
9
(49)
15
(59)
19
(67)
21
(70)
20
(68)
15
(59)
9
(49)
2
(36)
−1
(31)
9.3
(49.1)
Precipitation mm (inches) 132
(5.2)
109
(4.3)
100
(4)
99
(3.9)
124
(4.9)
97
(3.8)
91
(3.6)
74
(2.9)
64
(2.5)
86
(3.4)
117
(4.6)
86
(3.4)
1,179
(46.5)
Source: Weatherbase [7]

References

  1. ^ http://cityofwalnutridge.com/administration/mayor/
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture article on Walnut Ridge
  5. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
  7. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 6, 2013.

External links

  • CityOfWalnutRidge.com - Official City Website
  • The Times Dispatch (Weekly Newspaper Serving Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County)
  • Williams Baptist College Official website
  • Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Walnut Ridge (Lawrence County)
  • Article about The Beatles' 1964 visits to Walnut Ridge
  • Home of State Representative J.R. Rogers
  • Ozark Weather & Radar
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