County population in 2012: 8,086 (all rural); it was 8,608 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,235 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,662 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,852 Renter-occupied apartments: 674 (it was 648 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 823 sq. mi. Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 10 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Newton County: 80.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.6%), Manufacturing (16.1%), Retail trade (13.3%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $279 (0.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $340 (0.4%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 22.5%
(22.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 47.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 31.6% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 16.2% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 47 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Newton County is $383 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $460 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $594 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Newton County: Iceledo (A), Camp Orr (B), Lick Ford (C), Kyles Landing (D), Fairview Recreation Area (E), Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area (F), Deer Work Center (G), Low Gap (H), Mount Sherman Volunteer Fire Department (I), Mount Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Low Gap Substation (J), Mount Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Shiloh Substation (K), Parthenon Fire Station (L), Parthenon Volunteer Fire Wayton Substation (M), Mount Judea Fire Department Station 2 (N), Mount Judea Fire Department Station 1 (O), Compton Volunteer Fire Department (P), Deer Volunteer Fire Department Station (Q), Ponca Volunteer Fire Department (R), Hasty Volunteer Fire Department (S), Jasper Fire - Mockingbird Hill Substation (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Newton County include: P D Flat Church (A), Murray Church (B), Mountain View Church (C), Cave Mountain Church (D), Cassville Church (E), Buffalo Church (F), Basin Church (G), Erbie Community Church (H), Elkhorn Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Ogden Cemetery (1), Lone Hill Cemetery (2), Kapark Cemetery (3), Hill Cemetery (4), Hickory Grove Cemetery (5), Essex Cemetery (6), Mount Sherman Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Sycamore Lake (A), Edwards Lake (B), Mill Creek Hollow Reservoir (C), Lower Hurricane Lake (D), Fowler Lake (E), Weatherby Lake (F), North Pond (G), South Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Terrapin Branch (A), Little Buffalo Creek (B), Edgemon Creek (C), Edgeman Creek (D), East Branch (E), Mill Branch (F), Dismal Creek (G), Davis Creek (H), Curtis Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Newton County include: Buffalo River State Wildlife Management Area (1), Henry Koen Experimental Forest (2), Fairview Recreation Area (3), Lost Valley State Park (4), Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 214 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $10,848 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $22.40 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 95.42% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $9,517 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 10.36% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $25,464 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.25% Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.44 Land in orchards: 9 acres
Newton County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 1.2 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 6 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 11/23/2001, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 4 people and caused $2 million in damages.
Newton County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
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 76.9 miles away from the county center On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 78.0 miles away from the county center On 6/27/2000 at 01:28:45, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 0.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 27.2 miles away from the county center On 7/7/1991 at 21:24:02, a magnitude 4.0 (3.8 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 98.5 miles away from Newton County center On 9/7/2007 at 10:40:47, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 MD, Depth: 0.1 mi) earthquake occurred 17.5 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD)
Most recent natural disasters:
Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: October 29, 2009 to November 8, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1861): December 3, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1861, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Arkansas Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to January 30, 2009, Emergency Declared (EM-3301): January 28, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3301, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Arkansas Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to January 30, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1819): February 6, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1819, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Arkansas Tropical Storm Ike, Incident Period: September 13, 2008 to September 23, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1804): October 22, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1804, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: March 18, 2008 to April 28, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1751): March 26, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1751, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 5, 2008 to February 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1744): February 7, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1744, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Arkansas Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3215): September 2, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3215, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Arkansas Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides, Incident Period: April 19, 2004 to May 18, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1516): May 7, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1516, Natural disaster type: Storm, Landslide, Flood
Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 2, 2003 to June 10, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1472): June 6, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1472, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Arkansas Severe Ice Storm, Incident Period: December 3, 2002 to December 4, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1450): January 6, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1450, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Newton County (18) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15 Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Landslide: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.0 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1
Births per 1000 population in Newton County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.5 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population in Newton County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 0.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Newton County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,668 (1,199 aged, 469 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 6,909 (1,893 male householders, 490 female householders)
1,963 spouses, 2,054 children (1,839 natural, 98 adopted, 117 stepchildren), 194 grandchildren, 41 brothers or sisters, 64 parents, 46 other relatives, 110 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,370 (605 male householders (517 living alone)), 583 female householders (522 living alone)), 182 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 51 (all institutionalized)
Size of family households: 1,279 2-persons, 457 3-persons, 397 4-persons, 154 5-persons, 68 6-persons, 28 7-or-more-persons.
98.4% of residents of Newton County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (79% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (50% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $53,454,000 ($6301 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $1,249,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $24,112,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,585,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $352,000 Federal grants: $16,707,000 Federal procurement contracts: $489,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $3,208,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $423,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,467,000 Federal Government insurance: $252,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
59 per 1000 residents
72 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: 0
0 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -185
-22 per 1000 residents
+13 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Newton County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.27 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 35
2000 to 2004: 288
1990 to 1999: 1,058
1980 to 1989: 743
1970 to 1979: 865
1960 to 1969: 452
1950 to 1959: 211
1940 to 1949: 246
1939 or earlier: 623
Rooms in houses/apartments in Newton County, Arkansas
63% of Newton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Arkansas.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 5296
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $25,400
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 10%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 8%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Newton County