Kensett, Arkansas

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Population in 2013: 1,663 (93% urban, 7% rural). Population change since 2000: -7.1%
 
Males: 799  (48.1%)
Females: 864  (51.9%)
Median resident age:  37.7 years
Arkansas median age:  37.8 years

Zip codes: 72082.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $22,451 (it was $20,478 in 2000)
Kensett:

$22,451
AR:

$40,112
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $13,925 (it was $11,049 in 2000)

Kensett city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $53,947 (it was $36,200 in 2000)
Kensett:

$53,947
AR:

$107,600
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $62,844; Detached houses: $69,614; Townhouses or other attached units: $27,264; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $33,496; Mobile homes: $43,639; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $19,475

Median gross rent in 2012: $494.

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  • White alone - 1,076 (65.3%)
  • Black alone - 294 (17.8%)
  • Hispanic - 235 (14.3%)
  • Two or more races - 36 (2.2%)
  • Asian alone - 4 (0.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 2 (0.1%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.06%)

Races in Kensett detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Kensett: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (24.5%), Irish (10.9%), German (6.6%), Dutch (2.7%), English (2.4%), Scottish (1.4%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 10/16/1911

Elevation: 223 feet

Land area: 1.78 square miles.

Population density: 936 people per square mile   (low).

Kensett,AR real estate house value index trend

Kensett, Arkansas map

For population 25 years and over in Kensett:

  • High school or higher: 58.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 8.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Kensett city:

  • Never married: 21.1%
  • Now married: 45.6%
  • Separated: 3.3%
  • Widowed: 9.0%
  • Divorced: 21.0%

247 residents are foreign born

This city:  14.6%
Arkansas:  4.4%



According to our research of Arkansas and other state lists there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Kensett, Arkansas as of March 03, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Kensett to the number of sex offenders is 838 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $306 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $297 (0.7%)

Kensett satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: North Little Rock, AR (45.6 miles , pop. 60,433).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Memphis, TN (96.4 miles , pop. 650,100).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (338.1 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Higginson, AR (1.8 miles ), Judsonia, AR (1.9 miles ), Searcy, AR (1.9 miles ), West Point, AR (2.0 miles) , Griffithville, AR (2.8 miles ), Bald Knob, AR (2.8 miles ), Garner, AR (3.0 miles ), McRae, AR (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $75,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $40,000
  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $90,000
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $90,000
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $51,700
  • 2011: 9 buildings, average cost: $67,600
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $120,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 35.23 N, Longitude: 91.67 W

Area code: 501

Kensett household income distribution Kensett home values distribution

Crime rates in Kensett by Year
Type 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2012
Murders 00000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 00023001
per 100,000 0.00.00.0116.5164.80.00.059.6
Robberies 02220100
per 100,000 0.0116.3115.8116.50.054.00.00.0
Assaults 03644334
per 100,000 0.0174.5347.4233.0219.8162.0160.1238.4
Burglaries 1914192391879
per 100,000 1097.0814.41100.21339.5494.5971.9373.5536.4
Thefts 1718172017201323
per 100,000 981.51047.1984.41164.8934.11079.9693.71370.7
Auto thefts 50133754
per 100,000 288.70.057.9174.7164.8378.0266.8238.4
Arson 00000010
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.053.40.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 293.2) 144.8175.6234.5342.5271.7197.8111.6215.2

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Crime rate in Kensett detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 4 (4 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.38
Arkansas average:

1.98
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.8%
Arkansas:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +44 (+2.5%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (21%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (22%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (11%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Material moving workers except supervisors and laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (8%)
  • Cashiers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

Work and jobs in Kensett: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Kensett, Arkansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Kensett-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Arkansas state average. It is 164% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/21/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 1.9 miles away from the Kensett city center killed 50 people and injured 325 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/26/1973, a category F4 tornado 17.2 miles away from the city center killed 3 people and injured 289 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Kensett-area historical earthquake activity is near Arkansas state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 80.7 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 29.7 miles away from Kensett center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 30.7 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 138.5 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 72.0 miles away from Kensett center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 179.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in White County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 7, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Kensett topographic map

Birthplace of: Martha S. Lewis - African s' rights activist, Wilbur Mills - Politician, George Dickey - Baseball player.

Hospitals and medical centers near Kensett:

  • DAVITA - SEARCY DIALYSIS CTR (Dialysis Facility, about 2 miles away; SEARCY, AR)
  • WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 3 miles away; SEARCY, AR)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF SEARCY (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; SEARCY, AR)
  • OAKDALE NURSING FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; JUDSONIA, AR)
  • BYRD HAVEN NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; SEARCY, AR)
  • WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER - SOUTH HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 4 miles away; SEARCY, AR)
  • CENTRAL ARKANSAS HOSP HOSPICE (Hospital, about 4 miles away; SEARCY, AR)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Kensett:

  • Harding University (about 4 miles; Searcy, AR; Full-time enrollment: 5,360)
  • Arkansas State University-Beebe (about 17 miles; Beebe, AR; FT enrollment: 3,387)
  • University of Central Arkansas (about 46 miles; Conway, AR; FT enrollment: 9,972)
  • Pulaski Technical College (about 48 miles; North Little Rock, AR; FT enrollment: 8,396)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (about 52 miles; Little Rock, AR; FT enrollment: 9,227)
  • Arkansas State University-Main Campus (about 70 miles; Jonesboro, AR; FT enrollment: 12,323)
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (about 72 miles; Pine Bluff, AR; FT enrollment: 2,558)

Public elementary/middle school in Kensett:

  • KENSETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 416; Location: 701 WEST DANDRIDGE; Grades: PK - 06)
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Notable locations in Kensett: Kensett Police Department (A), Kensett Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

White County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2011 was 50.9. This is significantly better than average.

City:

50.9
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 11.9. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

11.9
U.S.:

9.1

Drinking water stations with addresses in Kensett and their reported violations in the past:

KENSETT WATERWORKS (Population served: 1,425, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 32.6%
(25.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 54.7% for Black residents, 37.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 25.6% for other race residents, 33.3% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Arkansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  64.0%
Whole state:  67.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.4%
Whole state:  5.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.6% of all households
97 people in nursing homes in 2000

Kensett, Arkansas environmental map by EPA

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Kensett compared to Arkansas state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Kensett travel time to work - commute Kensett mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (54%)
  • Electricity (41%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Kensett city (based on White County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 62.52%
Here: 62.5%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaAmerican Baptist AssociationUnited Methodist Church
Adherents30.7%17.1%12.9%11.7%10.3%
Congregations16.0%18.6%7.2%19.1%11.9%
NameAssemblies of GodNational Association of Free Will BaptistsCatholic ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Other
Adherents5.8%1.8%1.7%1.7%6.5%
Congregations5.7%3.1%1.0%4.1%13.4%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 14
White County:

1.90 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
White County:

0.41 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 38
White County:

5.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 45
Here:

6.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.5%
Arkansas:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
White County:

28.0%
Arkansas:

29.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.7%
State:

13.6%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$5,173$62,0760$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$1,900
Police Protection - Officers 4$10,990$32,9704$3,751
Firefighters 0$0 15$452
Streets and Highways 1$4,330$51,9601$2,143
Solid Waste Management 1$3,302$39,6242$2,028
Sewerage 2$4,715$28,2900$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$824
Totals for Government 9$28,510$38,01331$11,098

Kensett government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $172,000 ($103.43)
    Financial Administration: $126,000 ($75.77)
    Regular Highways: $113,000 ($67.95)
    Solid Waste Management: $67,000 ($40.29)
    Fire Protection: $25,000 ($15.03)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $25,000 ($15.03)
    Police Protection: $22,000 ($13.23)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $145,000 ($87.19)

Kensett government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $61,000 ($36.68)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $172,000 ($103.43)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $23,000 ($13.83)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $115,000 ($69.15)
    General Support: $31,000 ($18.64)
  • Tax - Public Utilities: $64,000 ($38.48)
    Property: $17,000 ($10.22)

Kensett government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $517,000 ($310.88)

7.02% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,812 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.02%
Arkansas average:

6.94%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lonoke County, AR  0.71% ($31,823 average AGI)
from Pulaski County, AR  0.62% ($37,896)
from Cleburne County, AR  0.47% ($28,621)


6.81% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,135 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.81%
Arkansas average:

6.84%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lonoke County, AR  0.80% ($32,244 average AGI)
to Pulaski County, AR  0.73% ($35,846)
to Faulkner County, AR  0.46% ($29,026)

Strongest AM radio stations in Kensett:

  • KWCK (1300 AM; daytime; 5 kW; SEARCY, AR; Owner: CALDWELL BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KGHT (880 AM; 50 kW; SHERIDAN, AR; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KAAY (1090 AM; 50 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMTL (760 AM; daytime; 10 kW; SHERWOOD, AR; Owner: GEORGE V. DOMERESE)
  • KAPZ (710 AM; daytime; 0 kW; BALD KNOB, AR; Owner: CALDWELL BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WCRV (640 AM; 50 kW; COLLIERVILLE, TN; Owner: BOTT BROADCASTING COMPANY/TENNESSEE)
  • WDIA (1070 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGSF (1030 AM; 50 kW; MEMPHIS, TN; Owner: FLINN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KBBL (1350 AM; 3 kW; CABOT, AR; Owner: CABOT RADIO, INC.)
  • WMQM (1600 AM; 50 kW; LAKELAND, TN; Owner: WMQM, INC.)
  • KARN (920 AM; 5 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDXE (1380 AM; 5 kW; NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: RADIO DISNEY AM 1380, LLC)
  • KLRG (1150 AM; 5 kW; NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: ARKANSAS RADIO CORPORATION)

Strongest FM radio stations in Kensett:

  • KKSY (107.1 FM; BALD KNOB, AR; Owner: CALDWELL BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KABK-FM (97.7 FM; AUGUSTA, AR; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)
  • KBDO (91.7 FM; DES ARC, AR; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KBGR (101.5 FM; BEEBE, AR; Owner: SEARCY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBMJ (89.5 FM; HEBER SPRINGS, AR; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KOKR (96.7 FM; NEWPORT, AR; Owner: NEWPORT BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFLI (104.7 FM; DES ARC, AR; Owner: GEORGE S. FLINN, JR.)
  • KWCK-FM (99.9 FM; SEARCY, AR; Owner: CALDWELL BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KSSN (95.7 FM; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KKPT (94.1 FM; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: SIGNAL MEDIA OF ARKANSAS, INC.)
  • KWOZ (103.3 FM; MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR; Owner: MOUNTAIN VIEW BROADCASTING CORP)
  • KSMD (99.1 FM; PANGBURN, AR; Owner: CALDWELL BROADCASTING, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Kensett:

  • KATV (Channel 7; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: KATV, LLC)

Kensett fatal accident list:

May 26, 1995 11:20 AM, Dandridge, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Jul 16, 1989 07:32 PM, Dandridge, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Feb 18, 1985 08:00 PM, 36s4, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Kensett)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KE0RS, Previous Call Sign: WB6PDO, Licensee ID: L00680453
    Grant Date: 07/23/2003, Expiration Date: 08/17/2013, Certifier: Ralph D D Canada Xxi
    Registrant: Ralph D D Canada Xxi, 601 Maple Ave 15, Kensett, AR 72082

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6
Most common first names in Kensett, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert1571.7 years
James1474.4 years
William1470.3 years
John1179.9 years
Charles1077.7 years
Mary1083.6 years
George975.8 years
Joseph766.7 years
Walter679.5 years
Alice678.0 years
Most common last names in Kensett, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams2179.4 years
Jones1874.8 years
Bailey1278.3 years
Davis869.2 years
Brown745.0 years
Langley779.5 years
Taylor770.1 years
Wells677.0 years
Smith673.8 years
Baker576.8 years

Kensett on our top lists:

  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Engineers"
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