Clay County, Arkansas (AR)

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County population in 2012: 15,684 (41% urban, 59% rural); it was 17,609 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,356
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,605
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,556
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,884 (it was 1,861 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

33%

Land area: 639 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 25 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Clay County: 79.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (42.5%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (13.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 52%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 46%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Clay County, Arkansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Arkansas median age:  37.0 years
Males: 7,871  (52.9%)
Females: 8,212  (47.1%)
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Clay County,AR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Clay County:

2.0 people
Arkansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $31,303 ($25,345 in 1999)

This county:

$31303
Arkansas:

$40511

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $296 (lower quartile is $216, upper quartile is $401)
This county:

$296
State:

$489


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $63,679 (it was $40,100 in 2000)
Clay:

$63,679
Arkansas:

$109,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $40,585 - $90,730

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $93,818
Here:

$93,818
State:

$153,111

Townhouses or other attached units: $72,625
Here:

$72,625
State:

$138,575

Mobile homes: $33,132
Here:

$33,132
State:

$52,675
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $720
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $287

Institutionalized population: 125

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Clay County, AR map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $164,500
  • 2008: 3 buildings, average cost: $143,100
  • 2009: 3 buildings, average cost: $128,600

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $417 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $403 (0.7%)

Clay County household income distribution in 2009 Clay County home values distribution Clay County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.2%
(19.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.0% for Black residents, 8.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.8% for American Indian residents, 54.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.7%
Clay County:

20.7%
Arkansas:

19.7%
(20.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.0% for Black residents, 8.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.7% for American Indian residents, 59.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 46 years old, American Indian residents: 53 years old, Asian residents: 60 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 17 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Clay County is $369 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $584 a month.

Cities in this county include: Piggott, Corning, Rector, Knobel, St. Francis, Greenway, Pollard, Peach Orchard, McDougal, Success.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Clay County: Holly Island Gage (A), Hickory Donnick (B), Marys Chapel (C), Gravel Hill Church (D), Moark Landing (E), Corning National Fish Hatchery (F), Brown's Ferry Gage (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Clay County include: Thorn Grove Church (A), Walnut Grove Church (B), Walnut Hill Church (C), Wanderers Home Church (D), White Valley Church (E), Austin Church (F), Bethlehem Church (G), Big T Church (H), Blooming Grove Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Allen Cemetery (1), Nimmons Cemetery (2), Trovillon Cemetery (3), Leonard Cemetery (4), Richwoods Cemetery (5), Little Flock Cemetery (6), Black Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Woods Lake (A), Big Lake (B), Lost Lake (C), Beaver Pond (D), Peoples Lake (E), Alligator Hole (F), Allen Lake (G), Murphy Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mill Creek (A), Middle Slough (B), McNie Creek (C), Little River (D), Little Cane Creek (E), Little Black River (F), Kincaid Slough (G), Johnson Creek (H), Housman Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Clay County: Black River State Game Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Butler County, Missouri , Greene County , Dunklin County, Missouri , Randolph County , Ripley County, Missouri .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.0%
Arkansas:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 402
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 56 (63% naturalized citizens)

Clay County:

0.3%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 22
  • 1990 to 1994: 9
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 6
  • 1975 to 1979: 1
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 14

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.3%

Clay County marital status for males Clay County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Clay County with a mortgage: 1,903 (57 second mortgage, 77 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,084

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Clay County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,35548
Mainline Protestant7746
Catholic301
Other-2
None8,924-
Clay County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Clay County:

2.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Clay County:

3.73 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

4.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Clay County:

10.7%
Arkansas:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Clay County:

30.0%
State:

29.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.0%
State:

13.6%

Agriculture in Clay County:

Average size of farms: 488 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $93,523
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $222.71
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 4.13%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $85,278
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 82.49%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 73.17%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $113,282
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.18%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.80
Corn for grain: 18005 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 21037 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 30394 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 131629 harvested acres
Vegetables: 757 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 82 acres

Tornado activity:

Clay County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 3176194.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/16/1990, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured one person

Earthquake activity:

Clay County-area historical earthquake activity is near Arkansas state average. It is 72% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 35.0 miles away from Clay County center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 50.5 miles away from the county 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 73.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/27/1989 at 16:47:49, a magnitude 4.7 (4.6 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.3 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 43.1 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 199.8 miles away from Clay County center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 52.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Clay County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Philippines (20%)
  • France (18%)
  • India (18%)
  • Korea (14%)
  • Guatemala (11%)
  • Hong Kong (7%)
  • Mexico (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Clay County (%):

  • United States or American (38%)
  • Irish (16%)
  • English (11%)
  • German (10%)
  • Dutch (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Clay County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,047 (82%)
  • Carpooled: 982 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 123 (2%)
  • Other means: 63 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 192 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Clay County, Arkansas in 2000:

  • 144 people in nursing homes
  • 28 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7 people in other group homes
71 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
54 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $37,005.

5.41% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,250 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.41%
Arkansas average:

6.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.36% relocated from other counties in Arkansas ($12,190 average AGI)
3.05% relocated from other states ($14,060 average AGI)
Clay County:

3.05%
Arkansas average:

3.02%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Greene County, AR  1.20% ($28,222 average AGI)
from Dunklin County, MO  0.57% ($26,600)
from Butler County, MO  0.46% ($28,875)
from Randolph County, AR  0.25% ($33,538)
from Craighead County, AR  0.19% ($23,200)


6.06% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,225 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.06%
Arkansas average:

6.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.26% relocated to other counties in Arkansas ($14,838 average AGI)
2.80% relocated to other states ($11,388 average AGI)
Clay County:

2.80%
Arkansas average:

2.91%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Greene County, AR  1.57% ($20,952 average AGI)
to Butler County, MO  0.57% ($25,933)
to Dunklin County, MO  0.45% ($20,917)
to Craighead County, AR  0.42% ($27,636)
to Randolph County, AR  0.38% ($27,350)
to Ripley County, MO  0.19% ($17,000)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4

Births per 1000 population in Clay County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Clay County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Clay County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,889 (3,220 aged, 669 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,958

Size of family households: 2,303 2-persons, 999 3-persons, 744 4-persons, 332 5-persons, 112 6-persons, 50 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,026 1-person, 238 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 13 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,882 married couples with children.
782 single-parent households (198 men, 584 women).

98.2% of residents of Clay County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (46% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 19% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (21% speak English very well, 79% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $151,458,000 ($9037 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,622,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $53,793,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $30,313,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $25,806,000
Federal grants: $36,341,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,090,000 ($212,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,115,000 ($540,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $551,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $16,407,000
Federal Government insurance: $28,269,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 995
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,304
Here:

79 per 1000 residents
State:

53 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +11
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -694
Here -42 per 1000 residents
State +13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Clay County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.83 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 105
  • 2000 to 2004: 318
  • 1990 to 1999: 755
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,069
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,872
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,420
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,092
  • 1940 to 1949: 524
  • 1939 or earlier: 682
Rooms in houses/apartments in Clay County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 19
  • 2 rooms: 49
  • 3 rooms: 150
  • 4 rooms: 856
  • 5 rooms: 2,000
  • 6 rooms: 1,371
  • 7 rooms: 522
  • 8 rooms: 370
  • 9+ rooms: 219
  • 1 room: 16
  • 2 rooms: 79
  • 3 rooms: 286
  • 4 rooms: 534
  • 5 rooms: 461
  • 6 rooms: 321
  • 7 rooms: 107
  • 8 rooms: 50
  • 9+ rooms: 7
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Clay County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 162
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,771
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,075
  • 4 bedrooms: 447
  • 5+ bedrooms: 76
  • no bedroom: 22
  • 1 bedroom: 351
  • 2 bedrooms: 857
  • 3 bedrooms: 560
  • 4 bedrooms: 64
  • 5+ bedrooms: 7
Cars and other vehicles available in Clay County, Arkansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 330
  • 1 vehicle: 1,735
  • 2 vehicles: 2,429
  • 3 vehicles: 816
  • 4 vehicles: 162
  • 5+ vehicles: 84
  • no vehicle: 333
  • 1 vehicle: 846
  • 2 vehicles: 552
  • 3 vehicles: 115
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

60% of Clay County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 66% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 41% lived in Arkansas.

Clay County:

59.8%
State average:

54.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $22,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Clay County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (47.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (31.3%)
  • Electricity (14.1%)
  • Wood (7.1%)
  • Utility gas (51.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (25.5%)
  • Electricity (20.1%)
  • Wood (2.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 34
Here:

1.8%
Arkansas:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 11
Here:

1.4%
Arkansas:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 34
Here:

9.4%
Arkansas:

14.7%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Clay County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,455,000
    Police Protection: $469,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $389,000
    Corrections - Other: $353,000
    Central Staff Services: $327,000
    Financial Administration: $281,000
    Libraries: $230,000
    General Public Buildings: $63,000
    Health Services - Other: $33,000
    Parks & Recreation: $21,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $20,000
    Welfare - Other: $16,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $226,000
    Central Staff: $29,000
    Corrections - Other: $8,000
    Financial Administration: $2,000
    Judicial: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,512,000

Clay County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $243,000
    Interest Earnings: $30,000
    Special Assessments: $18,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,246,000
    General Support: $264,000
    All Other: $177,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,195,000
    Total General Sales: $509,000

Clay County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,243,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Clay County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Clay County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Clay County, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James24274.6 years
William23876.6 years
John17375.1 years
Mary15978.9 years
Charles12073.1 years
George10176.0 years
Robert8974.4 years
Thomas6675.7 years
Henry5676.6 years
Ruth5678.8 years
Most common last names in Clay County, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11576.6 years
Johnson8677.8 years
Williams8677.2 years
Davis6776.0 years
Jones6272.5 years
Cox5278.9 years
Holifield4677.6 years
Moore4676.0 years
Miller4576.2 years
Brown4278.2 years
Businesses in Clay County, AR
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1La-Z-Boy1
Ace Hardware1Lane Furniture1
FedEx1McDonald's1
Ford1Pizza Hut1
H&R Block2SONIC Drive-In3
Hardee's1Subway3
Jones New York1Walmart1