Newton County, Arkansas (AR)

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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:

19%
State:

33%

Land area: 823 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 10 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Newton County: 79.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (22.1%), Manufacturing (20.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (15.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.9%), Retail trade (11.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 48%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 52%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Newton County, Arkansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.8%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
Arkansas median age:  37.0 years
Males: 4,206  (52.2%)
Females: 4,124  (47.8%)
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Newton County,AR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Newton County:

2.0 people
Arkansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $29,848 ($24,756 in 1999)

This county:

$29848
Arkansas:

$40511

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $248 (lower quartile is $153, upper quartile is $327)
This county:

$248
State:

$489


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $76,130 (it was $56,500 in 2000)
Newton:

$76,130
Arkansas:

$109,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $44,725 - $124,603

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $102,995
Here:

$102,995
State:

$153,111

Mobile homes: $39,841
Here:

$39,841
State:

$52,675
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $805
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $234

Institutionalized population: 51

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Newton County, AR map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $150,000

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $443 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $340 (0.5%)

Newton County household income distribution in 2009 Newton County home values distribution Newton County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 23.5%
(21.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.5% for Black residents, 12.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 67.5% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.1%
Newton County:

24.1%
Arkansas:

19.7%
(22.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.5% for Black residents, 12.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 1 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old)

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.

Cities in this county include: Jasper, Western Grove.

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

2005 air pollution in Newton County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.078 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.073 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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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

Neighboring counties: Boone County , Carroll County , Johnson County , Madison County , Pope County , Searcy County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.3%
Arkansas:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 156
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 45 (47% naturalized citizens)

Newton County:

0.5%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9
  • 1990 to 1994: 4
  • 1985 to 1989: 4
  • 1980 to 1984: 6
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 17

Mean travel time to work (commute): 35.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 43.3%

Newton County marital status for males Newton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Newton County with a mortgage: 453 (9 second mortgage, 27 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 552

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Newton County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,13725
Mainline Protestant801
Other273
None6,086-
Newton 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: 2
Newton County:

2.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Newton County:

4.80 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

6.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Newton County:

11.9%
Arkansas:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Newton County:

30.6%
State:

29.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.0%
State:

13.6%

Agriculture in Newton County:

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

Tornado activity:

Newton County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 7411400.7 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.

Earthquake activity:

Newton County-area historical earthquake activity is near Arkansas state average. It is 74% 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 Newton 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 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 162.1 miles away from the county 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 192.2 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 219.2 miles away from Newton 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
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


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, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Tropical Storm: 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 (%):

  • Canada (20%)
  • Guatemala (18%)
  • United Kingdom (11%)
  • Germany (11%)
  • India (9%)
  • France (7%)
  • Australia (7%)

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

  • United States or American (36%)
  • Irish (13%)
  • English (10%)
  • German (10%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Newton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,398 (70%)
  • Carpooled: 729 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 85 (2%)
  • Other means: 35 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 179 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 48 people in nursing homes
  • 14 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
51 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $33,200.

6.64% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,156 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.64%
Arkansas average:

6.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.99% relocated from other counties in Arkansas ($17,249 average AGI)
2.65% relocated from other states ($12,908 average AGI)
Newton County:

2.65%
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 Boone County, AR  2.26% ($29,203 average AGI)


6.96% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($23,033 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.96%
Arkansas average:

6.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.32% relocated to other counties in Arkansas ($17,137 average AGI)
1.64% relocated to other states ($5,896 average AGI)
Newton County:

1.64%
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 Boone County, AR  2.98% ($21,346 average AGI)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 11.6

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 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:

Households: 8,279

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.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,039 1-person, 130 2-persons, 11 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

1,588 married couples with children.
391 single-parent households (111 men, 280 women).

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:

Births: 495
Here:

59 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 451
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

53 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -185
Here -22 per 1000 residents
State +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:
Here:

5.1
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 21
  • 2000 to 2004: 586
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,082
  • 1980 to 1989: 828
  • 1970 to 1979: 877
  • 1960 to 1969: 400
  • 1950 to 1959: 224
  • 1940 to 1949: 250
  • 1939 or earlier: 364
Rooms in houses/apartments in Newton County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 37
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 238
  • 4 rooms: 517
  • 5 rooms: 936
  • 6 rooms: 604
  • 7 rooms: 225
  • 8 rooms: 137
  • 9+ rooms: 104
  • 1 room: 18
  • 2 rooms: 51
  • 3 rooms: 109
  • 4 rooms: 185
  • 5 rooms: 154
  • 6 rooms: 85
  • 7 rooms: 32
  • 8 rooms: 6
  • 9+ rooms: 8
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Newton County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 48
  • 1 bedroom: 201
  • 2 bedrooms: 965
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,333
  • 4 bedrooms: 233
  • 5+ bedrooms: 72
  • no bedroom: 24
  • 1 bedroom: 127
  • 2 bedrooms: 271
  • 3 bedrooms: 196
  • 4 bedrooms: 22
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Newton County, Arkansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 205
  • 1 vehicle: 789
  • 2 vehicles: 1,164
  • 3 vehicles: 528
  • 4 vehicles: 121
  • 5+ vehicles: 45
  • no vehicle: 110
  • 1 vehicle: 305
  • 2 vehicles: 174
  • 3 vehicles: 51
  • 4 vehicles: 6
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

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.

Newton County:

62.6%
State average:

54.0%

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

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
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (39.0%)
  • Wood (38.8%)
  • Electricity (20.1%)
  • Utility gas (1.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.5%)
  • Wood (32.3%)
  • Electricity (28.1%)
  • Utility gas (2.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 55
Here:

5.6%
Arkansas:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 27
Here:

4.9%
Arkansas:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5
Here:

3.4%
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)

Newton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,447,000
    Police Protection: $340,000
    Solid Waste Management: $244,000
    Financial Administration: $189,000
    Central Staff Services: $165,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $113,000
    General - Other: $72,000
    Corrections - Other: $65,000
    Libraries: $65,000
    General Public Buildings: $43,000
    Parks & Recreation: $30,000
    Welfare - Other: $9,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $57,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $26,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $72,000
    Financial Administration: $12,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $384,000

Newton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $102,000
    All Other: $82,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $664,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $192,000
    Interest Earnings: $62,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $968,000
    General Support: $508,000
  • Tax - Property: $353,000
    Total General Sales: $254,000

Newton County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Industrial Revenue: $828,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $663,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $165,000

Newton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $0
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,823,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $663,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Newton County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Newton County, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William3475.4 years
James3474.8 years
John2877.5 years
George1481.4 years
Mary1382.8 years
Thomas1374.1 years
Ruby1281.5 years
Henry1273.0 years
Walter1081.5 years
Charles1071.0 years
Most common last names in Newton County, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2876.0 years
Jones2779.2 years
Villines2180.1 years
Carter1971.9 years
Phillips1677.9 years
Kilgore1579.1 years
Brasel1579.3 years
Henderson1580.5 years
Campbell1473.3 years
Martin1372.8 years

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