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County population in 2012: 17,054 (20% urban, 80% rural); it was 17,119 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,099
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,683
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,777
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,578 (it was 1,434 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

33%

Land area: 604 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 29 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Sharp County: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.1%), Manufacturing (14.8%), Retail trade (11.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Median resident age:  47.0 years
Arkansas median age:  37.0 years

Males: 8,532  (47.6%)
Females: 8,732  (52.4%)

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Sharp County,AR real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Sharp County:

2.0 people
Arkansas:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,560 ($25,152 in 1999)
This county:

$29560
Arkansas:

$37823

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $354 (lower quartile is $244, upper quartile is $443)
This county:

$354
State:

$435


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $78,657 (it was $52,100 in 2000)
Sharp County:

$78,657
Arkansas:

$102,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $42,922 - $131,100

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $132,315
Here:

$132,315
State:

$146,298

Townhouses or other attached units: $72,339
Here:

$72,339
State:

$150,839

Mobile homes: $48,058
Here:

$48,058
State:

$38,244

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $21,716
Here:

$21,716
State:

$29,738
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $791
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $223

Institutionalized population: 170

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


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


Sharp County, AR map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $379 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $341 (0.5%)


Sharp County household income distribution in 2009 Sharp County home values distribution


Sharp County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 20.5%
(19.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.0% for Black residents, 9.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.1% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 69.5% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 47 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

18.2%
Whole state:

15.8%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

5.6%
Whole state:

6.6%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sharp County is $380 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $581 a month.

Cities in this county include: Cherokee Village, Cave City, Highland, Ash Flat, Hardy, Evening Shade, Sidney, Williford.

Sharp County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Sharp County: Ben-Gay (A), Camp Kiwania (B), Camp Miramichee (C), Hilltop (D), Grange (E), Ozark Acres Volunteer Fire Department (F), Center Volunteer Fire Department (G), Wirth Volunteer Fire Department (H), Poughkeepsie Volunteer Fire Department (I), Grange - Calamine Volunteer Fire Department Main Station (J), Grange - Calamine Volunteer Fire Department Substation (K), Martin Creek Volunteer Fire Department (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Sharp County include: Union Missionary Church (A), Baker Chapel (B), Banks Church (C), Bettis Church (D), Bold Spring Church (E), Bradford Chapel (F), Bristol Church (G), Cabin Creek Church (H), Campground Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lafferty Cemetery (1), Babe Collins Cemetery (2), Barnes Cemetery (3), Shiloh Cemetery (4), Shaver Cemetery (5), Liberty Hill Cemetery (6), Noth Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Persimmon Pond (A), Duck Pond (B), Cedar Lake (C), Runyans Lake (D), Upper Lake - Green Acres Estates (E), Lower Lake - Green Acres Estates (F), Catfish Lake (G), Lake Galilee (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: North Big Creek (A), Neely Creek (B), Mirey Branch (C), Miller Prong (D), Meeks Branch (E), Mays Branch (F), Mars Branch (G), Long Branch (H), Lige Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Sharp County include: Harold E Alexander Wildlife Management Area (1), Doctor Toms Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Fulton County , Independence County , Izard County , Lawrence County , Randolph County , Oregon County, Missouri .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 391
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 133 (66% naturalized citizens)

Sharp County:

0.8%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.6%

Sharp County marital status for males
Sharp County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Sharp County with a mortgage: 1,910 (77 second mortgage, 80 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,736

Here:

52.4% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 64.70%
Here64.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 11,076
Total congregations: 73

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionAmerican Baptist AssociationChurches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic Church
Adherents3,488 (31.5%)1,910 (17.2%)1,135 (10.2%)1,134 (10.2%)938 (8.5%)
Congregations12 (16.4%)9 (12.3%)14 (19.2%)9 (12.3%)1 (1.4%)
NameAssemblies of GodBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Lutheran ChurchOther
Adherents527 (4.8%)480 (4.3%)275 (2.5%)258 (2.3%)931 (8.4%)
Congregations5 (6.8%)5 (6.8%)4 (5.5%)1 (1.4%)13 (17.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Sharp County - Cherokee Village, Cave City, Highland, Ash Flat, Hardy

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.25 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Sharp County:

0.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

4.49 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 24
Sharp County:

13.48 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.4%
Arkansas:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.2%
Arkansas:

29.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Sharp County:

9.9%
State:

13.6%


Agriculture in Sharp County:

Average size of farms: 262 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $58,454
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $27.60
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 98.55%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $43,704
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.70%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $37,014
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.62%
Average age of principal farm operators: 52 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.92
Vegetables: 69 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 33 acres

Tornado activity:

Sharp County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Arkansas state average. It is 2.7 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 23 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 12/24/1982, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sharp County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Arkansas state average. It is 62% 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 76.0 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 96.8 miles away from the county 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 78.5 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 81.0 miles away from Sharp County center
On 4/27/1989 at 16:47:49, a magnitude 4.7 (4.6 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 97.5 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 69.8 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 Sharp County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Food (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)

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




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





Sharp County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,487 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 933 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 1 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 134 (2%)
  • Other means: 49 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 245 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

People in group quarters in Sharp County, Arkansas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $31,215.

10.58% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,954 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.58%
Arkansas average:

7.98%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.64% relocated from other counties in Arkansas ($13,099 average AGI)
4.94% relocated from other states ($15,854 average AGI)
Sharp County:

4.94%
Arkansas average:

3.66%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Independence County, AR  1.47% ($22,202 average AGI)
from Fulton County, AR  0.81% ($28,674)
from Craighead County, AR  0.58% ($26,091)
from Izard County, AR  0.51% ($21,034)
from Lawrence County, AR  0.40% ($22,522)
from Mississippi County, AR  0.19% ($32,273)
from Shelby County, TN  0.19% ($39,091)


7.97% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,812 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.97%
Arkansas average:

7.29%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.17% relocated to other counties in Arkansas ($15,984 average AGI)
2.79% relocated to other states ($8,828 average AGI)
Sharp County:

2.79%
Arkansas average:

3.00%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Independence County, AR  1.69% ($22,638 average AGI)
to Craighead County, AR  0.61% ($24,147)
to Fulton County, AR  0.59% ($24,667)
to Izard County, AR  0.32% ($32,667)
to Lawrence County, AR  0.31% ($18,118)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5

Births per 1000 population in Sharp County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Sharp County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Sharp County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,820 (3,935 aged, 885 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 180.2. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,075

Size of family households: 2,778 2-persons, 965 3-persons, 709 4-persons, 336 5-persons, 113 6-persons, 91 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,079 1-person, 241 2-persons, 34 3-persons, 9 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

97.7% of residents of Sharp County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 9% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 2% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (45% speak English very well, 55% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $129,653,000 ($7413 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,166,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $71,916,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $30,348,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $422,000
Federal grants: $22,668,000
Federal procurement contracts: $913,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,385,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,330,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,933,000
Federal Government insurance: $6,515,000

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

Births: 860
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,322
Here:

76 per 1000 residents
State:

53 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +5
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +769
Here:

+44 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Sharp County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.54 millions of gallons per day (51% from ground, 49% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.2
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Sharp County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 31
  • 2 rooms: 67
  • 3 rooms: 217
  • 4 rooms: 1,160
  • 5 rooms: 2,077
  • 6 rooms: 1,163
  • 7 rooms: 550
  • 8 rooms: 321
  • 9+ rooms: 191
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 31
  • 3 rooms: 184
  • 4 rooms: 413
  • 5 rooms: 532
  • 6 rooms: 181
  • 7 rooms: 60
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9+ rooms: 10
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Sharp County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 56
  • 1 bedroom: 226
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,194
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,821
  • 4 bedrooms: 394
  • 5+ bedrooms: 86
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 226
  • 2 bedrooms: 692
  • 3 bedrooms: 477
  • 4 bedrooms: 18
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Sharp County, Arkansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 212
  • 1 vehicle: 1,874
  • 2 vehicles: 2,660
  • 3 vehicles: 836
  • 4 vehicles: 147
  • 5+ vehicles: 48
  • no vehicle: 199
  • 1 vehicle: 738
  • 2 vehicles: 426
  • 3 vehicles: 64
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

57% of Sharp County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Arkansas.

Sharp County:

56.7%
State average:

54.0%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $36,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Sharp County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (46.9%)
  • Electricity (29.4%)
  • Wood (15.4%)
  • Utility gas (7.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (42.5%)
  • Electricity (36.3%)
  • Utility gas (13.5%)
  • Wood (7.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 92
Here:

5.4%
Arkansas:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 49
Here:

5.6%
Arkansas:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 50
Here:

15.6%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Sharp County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Sharp County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Sharp County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Sharp County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Sharp County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Sharp County, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William12877.0 years
John12374.6 years
James11774.3 years
Mary8376.5 years
Charles7172.7 years
Robert6973.4 years
George6174.2 years
Ruth3477.9 years
Thomas3374.1 years
Donald3064.6 years
Most common last names in Sharp County, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7678.2 years
Johnson5377.7 years
Jones3574.8 years
Miller3373.6 years
Jackson3177.4 years
James3078.0 years
Hall2974.1 years
Brown2878.4 years
Davis2776.3 years
Wilson2676.1 years
Businesses in Sharp County, AR
NameCountNameCount
AT&T2SONIC Drive-In2
Best Western1Sears1
Days Inn1Subway3
FedEx4Taco Bell1
H&R Block2U-Haul2
KFC1UPS2
McDonald's2Walmart1
Pizza Hut1
Browse common businesses in Sharp County, AR

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