White County, Arkansas

White County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 77,076.[1] The county seat is Searcy.[2] White County is Arkansas's 31st county, formed on October 23, 1835, from portions of Independence, Jackson, and Pulaski counties and named for Hugh Lawson White, a Whig candidate for President of the United States. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county, though a few private establishments (such as the Searcy Country Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Searcy and Beebe) can serve alcohol.

White County
White County Courthouse and Confederate monument in Searcy
White County Courthouse and Confederate monument in Searcy
Flag of White County
Official seal of White County
Map of Arkansas highlighting White County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°15′21″N 91°44′05″W / 35.255833333333°N 91.734722222222°W / 35.255833333333; -91.734722222222
Country United States
State Arkansas
FoundedOctober 23, 1835
Named forHugh Lawson White
SeatSearcy
Largest citySearcy
Area
 • Total1,042 sq mi (2,700 km2)
 • Land1,035 sq mi (2,680 km2)
 • Water7.1 sq mi (18 km2)  0.7%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total77,076
 • Estimate 
(2019)
78,753
 • Density74/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.whitecountyar.org

White County comprises the Searcy, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area.


HistoryEdit

On May 17, 1862, White County was the site of the Little Red Skirmish between Union Major General Samuel J Curtis and a force of about 100 loosely-organized Confederates, followed by the battle at Whitney Lane in June.[3] also known as The Skirmish at Searcy Landing.[4]

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,042 square miles (2,700 km2), of which 1,035 square miles (2,680 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (0.7%) is water.[5] It is the second-largest county by area in Arkansas.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National and state protected areasEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840929
18502,619181.9%
18608,316217.5%
187010,34724.4%
188017,79472.0%
189022,94629.0%
190024,8648.4%
191028,57414.9%
192034,60321.1%
193038,26910.6%
194037,176−2.9%
195038,0402.3%
196032,745−13.9%
197039,25319.9%
198050,83529.5%
199054,6767.6%
200067,16522.8%
201077,07614.8%
202076,822−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2016[1]
 
Age pyramid White County[12]

2020 censusEdit

White County racial composition[13]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 64,363 83.78%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,677 4.79%
Native American 319 0.42%
Asian 616 0.8%
Pacific Islander 25 0.03%
Other/Mixed 4,323 5.63%
Hispanic or Latino 3,499 4.55%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 76,822 people, 28,621 households, and 18,028 families residing in the county.

2000 censusEdit

As of the 2000 United States Census,[14] there were 67,165 people, 25,148 households, and 18,408 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 inhabitants per square mile (25/km2). There were 27,613 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.52% White, 3.56% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. 1.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,148 households, out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.40% under the age of 18, 12.80% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,203, and the median income for a family was $38,782. Males had a median income of $29,884 versus $20,323 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,890. About 10.40% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.10% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over.


GovernmentEdit

In 1988, White County elected virtually an entire slate of Republicans to county offices. Though such Republican sweeps had frequently occurred in northern and northwestern Arkansas, White County was the first in the Little Rock area to turn to Republican as the party steadily made inroads toward a two-party system.[15] A portion of White County is represented in the Arkansas State Senate by the Republican Ronald R. Caldwell, a real estate businessman from Wynne in Cross County. The 45th and current White County Judge is Michael Lincoln of Searcy, who assumed office in January 2007. Over the past few election cycles White County has trended heavily towards the GOP. The last Democrat (as of 2020) to carry this county was Bill Clinton in 1996.

United States presidential election results for White County, Arkansas[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 24,182 78.30% 5,978 19.36% 725 2.35%
2016 21,077 75.28% 5,170 18.46% 1,752 6.26%
2012 20,011 75.47% 5,765 21.74% 738 2.78%
2008 19,467 72.22% 6,732 24.97% 756 2.80%
2004 17,001 64.34% 9,129 34.55% 295 1.12%
2000 13,170 59.46% 8,342 37.66% 638 2.88%
1996 8,659 41.25% 10,204 48.61% 2,128 10.14%
1992 8,538 39.60% 10,494 48.67% 2,531 11.74%
1988 11,094 60.84% 6,957 38.15% 183 1.00%
1984 12,566 64.66% 6,603 33.97% 266 1.37%
1980 8,079 46.66% 8,750 50.54% 484 2.80%
1976 4,756 29.42% 11,412 70.58% 0 0.00%
1972 8,701 67.24% 4,161 32.15% 79 0.61%
1968 3,887 32.02% 3,198 26.34% 5,054 41.63%
1964 5,023 42.99% 6,566 56.20% 95 0.81%
1960 3,985 40.52% 5,244 53.33% 605 6.15%
1956 3,813 43.58% 4,895 55.94% 42 0.48%
1952 2,884 40.79% 4,179 59.11% 7 0.10%
1948 833 18.01% 3,193 69.04% 599 12.95%
1944 1,346 34.71% 2,532 65.29% 0 0.00%
1940 876 20.64% 3,345 78.80% 24 0.57%
1936 535 17.57% 2,503 82.20% 7 0.23%
1932 430 11.61% 3,251 87.75% 24 0.65%
1928 1,957 45.73% 2,299 53.73% 23 0.54%
1924 679 27.69% 1,488 60.69% 285 11.62%
1920 1,359 37.82% 2,086 58.06% 148 4.12%
1916 673 19.25% 2,823 80.75% 0 0.00%
1912 380 15.10% 1,448 57.53% 689 27.37%
1908 887 29.20% 1,788 58.85% 363 11.95%
1904 676 31.40% 1,238 57.50% 239 11.10%
1900 811 30.26% 1,694 63.21% 175 6.53%
1896 559 16.16% 2,876 83.12% 25 0.72%

EconomyEdit

One of the state's largest banks, First Security Bank, was established in Searcy in 1932 as Security Bank. First Security now has over $8 billion in assets and 78 locations in Arkansas.


The first Wal-Mart distribution center away from the corporate headquarters in Bentonville was established in Searcy.

EducationEdit

Public educationEdit

Public education is provided by several public school districts including:

Private educationEdit

  • Lighthouse Christian Academy, Beebe, Pentecostal
  • Sunshine School, Searcy
  • Trinity Christian School, Bradford, Baptist

Colleges and universitiesEdit

CommunitiesEdit

CitiesEdit

TownsEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

  • Albion — north-central White County, between Four Mile Hill or "Boothill" and Pangburn, and north of Letona, along Arkansas Highway 16 and surrounding county roads
  • Antioch — western White County, north of Beebe, along Arkansas Highways 31 and 267 and surrounding county roads
  • Andrews
  • Bare Stone
  • Barrentine Corner
  • Bee Rock
  • Belcher
  • Center Hill — central White County, approximately 8 miles west of Searcy, situated along Arkansas Highway 36 and 305 and surrounding county roads
  • Clay
  • Conant
  • Crosby
  • Dewey
  • Dogwood
  • Doniphan
  • El Paso — southwestern White County, situated along Arkansas Highway 5 and U.S. Highway 64 West
  • Enright
  • Essex
  • Floyd — western White County, approximately 8 miles southeast of Romance, along Arkansas Highways 31 and 305 and surrounding county roads
  • Four Mile Hill or "Boot Hill" — central White County, northwest of Searcy and southeast of Albion, along Arkansas Highway 16 and surrounding county roads
  • Georgia Ridge – home community of Arkansas State Representative Charlotte Douglas of District 75 in Crawford County
  • Gravel Hill — western White County, northwest of Floyd and south of Joy, situated between Arkansas Highways 31 and 36 along Gravel Hill Road and surrounding county roads
  • Hammondsville – western White County, between Romance and El Paso, primarily situated along Hammons Chapel Road (connecting Highway 5 and El Paso Road)
  • Happy
  • Harmony — central White County, southwest of Center Hill, situated along Arkansas Highway 305 and surrounding county roads
  • Hart
  • Hickory Flat
  • Holly Springs
  • Joy — central White County, between Rose Bud and Center Hill, situated along Arkansas Highway 36 and surrounding county roads
  • Keeler Corner
  • Liberty Valley — eastern White County, between Bald Knob and the White River, along U.S. Highway 64 East and surrounding county roads
  • Little Red
  • Midway
  • Mitchell Corner
  • Morning Sun — annexed to Higginson in 2008
  • Nimmo
  • Opal — southwestern White County, between El Paso and Beebe, along U.S. Highway 64 West and Opal Road and surrounding county roads
  • Pickens — north-central White County, between Sidon and Letona, along Arkansas Highway 310 (Pickens Chapel Road) and Pickens Road and surrounding county roads
  • Plainview — northeastern White County, north of Judsonia, along Arkansas Highways 157 and 385 and surrounding county roads
  • Pryor
  • Providence — northeastern White County, north of Judsonia and northwest of Bald Knob, along Arkansas Highways 157 and 258 and surrounding county roads; site of White County Central Schools
  • Rio Vista
  • Romance — western White County, between Rose Bud and El Paso, along Arkansas Highways 5 and 31 and surrounding county roads
  • Showalter's Corner
  • Sidon — north-central White County, west of Pickens and north of Joy, along Arkansas Highway 310 and surrounding county roads
  • Smyrna
  • Steprock
  • Sunnydale
  • Twentythree
  • Velvet Ridge — northeastern White County, north of Bald Knob, along U.S. Highway 167 and surrounding county roads
  • Vinity Corner — south-central White County, south of Garner and southeast of McRae, along West Vinity Road, North Vinity Road, and other county roads southeast of Arkansas Highway 367
  • Walker — southeastern White County, south of Higginson and west of Griffithville, along Arkansas Highway 11 (Walker Road) and surrounding county roads
  • Worden
  • Wright's Corner

Historic townsEdit

  • Beeler Ferry
  • Bethel Grove
  • Denmark
  • Jasmine
  • Mount Pisgah
  • Old Stoney Point
  • Roosevelt
  • Russell
  • Union Hill

TownshipsEdit

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of White County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township. [17][18]

Source:[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Skirmish at Little Red River (May 17, 1862)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. September 13, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Action at Whitney's Lane". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Wildlife Management Areas". AGFC. Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Osro Cobb, Osro Cobb of Arkansas: Memoirs of Historical Significance, Carol Griffee, ed. (Little Rock, Arkansas: Rose Publishing Company, 1989), p. 114
  16. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  17. ^ 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): White County, AR (PDF) (Map). U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  18. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps – County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, CPH-1-5, Arkansas" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2014.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 35°15′21″N 91°44′05″W / 35.25583°N 91.73472°W / 35.25583; -91.73472