County population in 2012: 25,396 (44% urban, 56% rural); it was 28,790 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,598 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,884 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,291 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,521 (it was 3,322 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 732 sq. mi. Water area: 7.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 35 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Ouachita County: 79.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (27.8%), Educational,health and social services (20.9%), Retail trade (11.8%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $373 (0.6%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $265 (0.5%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 20.3%
(13.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.8% for Black residents, 30.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 38.1% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 38.1% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 48 years old, Asian residents: 28 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 26 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 Ouachita County is $410 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $627 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Ouachita County: Finnswitch (A), Frenchport Landing (B), Union Grove Community Center (C), Beech Springs Camp (D), Standard Volunteer Fire Department (E), Two Bayou Volunteer Fire Department (F), Two Bayou Volunteer Fire Department Substation (G), Upper White Oak Volunteer Fire Department Station (H), Ouachita County Volunteer Fire Department Fire District 1 Amy Station 5 (I), Ouachita County Volunteer Fire Department Fire District 1 Harmony Grove Station 1 (J), Ouachita County Volunteer Fire Department Fire District 1 Harrell Field Station 4 (K), Ouachita County Fire District 1 Station 2 (L), Ouachita County Volunteer Fire Department Fire District 1 Pine Lake Station 3 (M), Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department (N), Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (O), Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (P), Elliott Volunteer Fire Department Station (Q), Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department (R), Poison Springs Work Center (S). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Ouachita County include: Two Bayou Church (A), Union Church (B), White Spring Church (C), Whites Chapel (D), Zion Hill Church (E), Linebarier Chapel (F), Accession Church (G), Adams Chapel (H), Antioch Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Adams Chapel Cemetery (1), Smith Cemetery (2), Old Liberty Cemetery (3), Haltom Cemetery (4), Turner Cemetery (5), Green Cemetery (6), Rumph Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Utley Lake (A), Round Lake (B), Ben Davis Lake (C), Bacon Lake (D), Pine Lake (E), Grayson Pond (F), Little Johnson Lake (G), Lower Old Brake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: North Bayou (A), Marshall Creek (B), Little Smackover Creek (C), Lewis Bayou (D), Jerdon Creek (E), Howell Branch (F), Horse Branch (G), Holmes Creek (H), Holly Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 169 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $29,562 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $48.65 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 95.71% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $24,010 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 15.36% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $29,125 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.38% Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.83 Vegetables: 52 harvested acres
Ouachita County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Arkansas state average. It is 2.0 times above overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 fatalities and 34 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 12/19/1957, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 2 people and injured 9 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.
Ouachita County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 3/16/1997 at 19:07:27, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 54.9 miles away from the county center On 6/10/1994 at 23:34:02, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 40.3 miles away from the county center On 5/16/2007 at 13:22:21, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 24.7 miles away from the county center On 3/3/2001 at 10:46:13, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 29.0 miles away from Ouachita County center On 8/4/2001 at 01:13:25, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 53.6 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)
Most recent natural disasters:
Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 23, 2009 to January 2, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1872): February 4, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1872, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
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 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 and Flooding, Incident Period: May 30, 2004 to July 9, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1528): June 30, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1528, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Arkansas Severe Storms & Flooding, Incident Period: February 14, 2001 to March 21, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1363): March 13, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1363, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Arkansas Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 12, 2000 to January 8, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1354): December 29, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1354, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Arkansas Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 12, 2000 to January 8, 2001, Emergency Declared (EM-3159): December 28, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3159, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Arkansas Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: April 4, 1997 to April 21, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1176): April 14, 1997, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1176, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Arkansas Ice Storm, Winter Storm, Severe Storm, Incident Period: February 9, 1994 to February 10, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1011): February 28, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1011, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm, Winter Storm, Storm
Arkansas Severe Storm, Thunderstorms, Incident Period: June 14, 1992 to June 19, 1992, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-950): July 24, 1992, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-950, Natural disaster type: Storm
5 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Ouachita County (15) is greater than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13 Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.0
Births per 1000 population in Ouachita County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.3 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population in Ouachita County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 14.4 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Ouachita County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,797 (4,559 aged, 1,238 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 125.3. This is less than state average.
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 21,509 (4,550 male householders, 2,695 female householders)
4,786 spouses, 6,922 children (6,279 natural, 156 adopted, 487 stepchildren), 1,032 grandchildren, 247 brothers or sisters, 229 parents, 367 other relatives, 546 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,259 (1,752 male householders (1,526 living alone)), 2,006 female householders (1,828 living alone)), 501 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 352 (320 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 3,513 2-persons, 1,712 3-persons, 1,200 4-persons, 530 5-persons, 189 6-persons, 101 7-or-more-persons.
97.7% of residents of Ouachita County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (96% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 34% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $206,633,000 ($7552 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $14,143,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $87,497,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $49,716,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,597,000 Federal grants: $49,584,000 Federal procurement contracts: $7,454,000 ($6,013,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $10,785,000 ($4,395,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $304,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,636,000 Federal Government insurance: $10,152,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
68 per 1000 residents
72 per 1000 residents
75 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +48
+2 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: -1,519
-56 per 1000 residents
+13 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Ouachita County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 4.27 millions of gallons per day (29% from ground, 71% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 197
2000 to 2004: 576
1990 to 1999: 1,497
1980 to 1989: 2,273
1970 to 1979: 2,506
1960 to 1969: 1,958
1950 to 1959: 2,090
1940 to 1949: 1,318
1939 or earlier: 1,315
Rooms in houses/apartments in Ouachita County, Arkansas
63% of Ouachita County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 68% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in Arkansas.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 23120
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $23,000
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Ouachita County