Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Pike County, Arkansas, United States.[2] Its population was 1,641 at the 2010 census. The city is known for the Crater of Diamonds State Park located south of the city.

Murfreesboro, Arkansas
Location of Murfreesboro in Pike County, Arkansas.
Location of Murfreesboro in Pike County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 34°3′59″N 93°41′21″W / 34.06639°N 93.68917°W / 34.06639; -93.68917Coordinates: 34°3′59″N 93°41′21″W / 34.06639°N 93.68917°W / 34.06639; -93.68917
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.71 sq mi (9.61 km2)
 • Land3.68 sq mi (9.52 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
361 ft (110 m)
 • Total1,495
 • Density406.69/sq mi (157.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)870
FIPS code05-48290
GNIS feature ID0077783


In 1906, diamonds were found on a local farm. It was determined that an 80-acre (32 ha) volcanic formation was the source of the diamonds.[citation needed][3] The property was eventually sold to the state of Arkansas, which opened the 37-acre Crater of Diamonds State Park to the public.[citation needed][4] As a tourist attraction a daily fee ($10 in 2021) is charged to search for diamonds.[citation needed][5]

Also located in Murfreesboro is the 1,000-year-old Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village and museum dedicated to it, which offers a field that can be excavated for authentic arrowheads.[6]


Murfreesboro is located at 34°3′59″N 93°41′21″W / 34.06639°N 93.68917°W / 34.06639; -93.68917 (34.066255, -93.689256).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,764 people, 732 households, and 485 families residing in the city. The population density was 906.5 people per square mile (349.3/km2). There were 830 housing units at an average density of 426.5/sq mi (164.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.23% White, 7.31% Black or African American, 1.08% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.91% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 732 households, out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,806, and the median income for a family was $33,456. Males had a median income of $26,300 versus $18,523 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,124. About 11.0% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.


Public education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by South Pike County School District, which includes:

  • Murfreesboro Elementary School, serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
  • Murfreesboro High School, serving grades 7 through 12.

On July 1, 2010, the Murfreesboro School District and the Delight School District merged to form the South Pike County School District.[10] The Murfreesboro district absorbed the Delight district and then changed its name to South Pike County School District.[11]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Horn, Deborah (March 15, 2004). "Crater of Diamonds: A Gem in Arkansas' State Park System". Arkansas Business. vol. 21 issue 11: S50+ – via Gale General OneFile. |volume= has extra text (help)
  4. ^ "Crater of Diamonds State Park | Arkansas State Parks". Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  5. ^ "Digging for Diamonds | Arkansas State Parks". Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  6. ^ Indian Village website
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on May 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "2010 FINAL Millage Report for Collection in 2011." Arkansas Department of Education. June 13, 2011. Amended July 18, 2011. "Delight (3501) annexed to Murfreesboro, who changed their name to South Pike County, effective 7/1/10"

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