Stone County, Arkansas (AR)

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County population in 2012: 12,663 (all rural); it was 11,499 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,955
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,187
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,712
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,183 (it was 1,056 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

33%

Land area: 607 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 21 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Stone County: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (31.8%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (26.9%), Educational, health and social services (15.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Stone County, Arkansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Arkansas median age:  37.0 years
Males: 6,128  (45.7%)
Females: 6,266  (54.3%)
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Stone County,AR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Stone County:

2.0 people
Arkansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $29,643 ($22,209 in 1999)

This county:

$29643
Arkansas:

$40511

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $302 (lower quartile is $242, upper quartile is $375)
This county:

$302
State:

$489


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $89,906 (it was $60,100 in 2000)
Stone:

$89,906
Arkansas:

$109,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $54,013 - $180,553
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $805
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $250

Institutionalized population: 135
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 20 buildings, average cost: $107,200
  • 2008: 23 buildings, average cost: $105,700
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $117,200

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $379 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $376 (0.4%)

Stone County household income distribution in 2009 Stone County home values distribution Stone County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 25.5%
(25.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 26.2%
Stone County:

26.2%
Arkansas:

19.7%
(25.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 55.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 49 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 20 years old, Asian residents: 44 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 12 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Stone County is $364 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $599 a month.

Cities in this county include: Mountain View, Fifty-Six.

Stone 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 Stone County: Barkshed Picnic Area (A), City Rock Bluff Special Interest Area (B), Sylamore Experimental Station (C), North Sylamore Campground (D), Shelter Cave Picnic Area (E), Martin Public Access (F), Sunny Land (G), Signal Hill (H), Sunnyland Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (I), Sunnyland Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (J), Melrose Fire Department (K), Timbo Fire and Rescue Station 3 (L), 6th District Fire Department (M), Allison - Sylamore Volunteer Fire Station 1 (N), Allison - Sylamore Volunteer Fire Station 2 (O), Allison - Sylamore Volunteer Fire Station 4 (P), Allison - Sylamore Volunteer Fire Station 5 (Q), Ben Fire Department (R), Dodd Mountain Fire Department Station 3 (S), Dodd Mountain Fire Department Station 2 (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Stone County include: Reeds Chapel (A), Oak Grove Church (B), Angora Church (C), Antioch Church (D), Mount Joy Church (E), Ben Church (F), Friendship Church (G), Fairview Church (H), Blue Mountain Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Optimus Cemetery (1), Old Optimus Cemetery (2), Livingston Creek Cemetery (3), Levisy Flat Cemetery (4), Katy Cemetery (5), Jeffrey Cemetery (6), Bellmore Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Mirror Lake (A), Davis Lake (B), Crouch Lake (C), Stair Lake (D), Gunner Pool Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: North Corn Creek (A), Mill Prong (B), Middle Creek (C), Meadow Creek (D), Massey Creek (E), Lost Creek (F), Little Bayou (G), Cole Fork (H), Knights Cove Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Stone County include: Clifty Canyon Special Interest Area (1), Gunner Pool Recreation Area (2), Blanchard Springs Recreation Area (3), Sandstone Hollow Special Interest Area (4), Slaymore Experimental Forest (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Baxter County , Cleburne County , Independence County , Izard County , Searcy County , Van Buren County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.8%
Arkansas:

6.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 263
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 68.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 96 (76% naturalized citizens)

Stone County:

0.8%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9
  • 1990 to 1994: 11
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 2
  • 1975 to 1979: 8
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 7
  • 1965 to 1969: 59

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.4%

Stone County marital status for males Stone County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Stone County with a mortgage: 677 (16 second mortgage, 8 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 939

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Stone County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,05936
Mainline Protestant5682
Other2102
Catholic1381
None6,419-
Stone 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: 1
Stone County:

0.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.


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

0.84 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Stone County:

7.54 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

7.54 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Stone County:

9.7%
Arkansas:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Stone County:

28.5%
State:

29.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.2%
State:

13.6%

Agriculture in Stone County:

Average size of farms: 241 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $57,051
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $43.13
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 97.61%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $44,565
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.12%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.45%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $39,338
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.04%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 20.47
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.54%
Land in orchards: 31 acres

Tornado activity:

Stone County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Arkansas state average. It is 2011863.6 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 fatalities and 41 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/14/1996, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 7 people and injured 35 people and caused $3 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Stone County-area historical earthquake activity is near Arkansas state average. It is 73% 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 104.7 miles away from Stone 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 46.3 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 48.7 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 139.4 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 171.6 miles away from Stone 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 134.8 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 Stone County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 13, Floods: 12, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 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 (%):

  • Germany (23%)
  • Cuba (17%)
  • Canada (17%)
  • United Kingdom (9%)
  • Mexico (8%)
  • Other Western Europe (7%)
  • Japan (7%)

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

  • United States or American (30%)
  • English (12%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • German (12%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Stone County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,063 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 759 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 28 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 21 (0%)
  • Walked: 107 (2%)
  • Other means: 39 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 276 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 105 people in nursing homes
  • 30 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally ill

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

  • 111 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 24 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $34,443.

6.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,249 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.48%
Arkansas average:

6.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.98% relocated from other counties in Arkansas ($19,261 average AGI)
2.50% relocated from other states ($14,988 average AGI)
Stone County:

2.50%
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 Independence County, AR  0.47% ($20,667 average AGI)
from Cleburne County, AR  0.39% ($20,533)
from Faulkner County, AR  0.31% ($32,917)
from Pulaski County, AR  0.31% ($43,833)


4.95% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,599 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.95%
Arkansas average:

6.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.41% relocated to other counties in Arkansas ($19,513 average AGI)
1.53% relocated to other states ($12,086 average AGI)
Stone County:

1.53%
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 Independence County, AR  0.45% ($32,882 average AGI)
to Pulaski County, AR  0.29% ($44,455)
to White County, AR  0.29% ($22,000)
to Cleburne County, AR  0.26% ($28,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Births per 1000 population in Stone County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Stone County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Stone County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,699 (2,097 aged, 602 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

Household type by relationship:

Households: 12,243

Size of family households: 1,990 2-persons, 712 3-persons, 502 4-persons, 244 5-persons, 95 6-persons, 47 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,537 1-person, 173 2-persons, 21 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

1,877 married couples with children.
436 single-parent households (130 men, 306 women).

97.7% of residents of Stone County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 29% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (98% speak English very well, 2% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $84,641,000 ($7234 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,681,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $41,742,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,685,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $728,000
Federal grants: $21,885,000
Federal procurement contracts: $754,000 ($79,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,847,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,789,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,533,000
Federal Government insurance: $136,000

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

Births: 617
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 752
Here:

64 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: +374
Here:

+32 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Stone County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.58 millions of gallons per day (3% from ground, 97% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 67
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,190
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,352
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,294
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,232
  • 1960 to 1969: 441
  • 1950 to 1959: 468
  • 1940 to 1949: 425
  • 1939 or earlier: 240
Rooms in houses/apartments in Stone County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 73
  • 3 rooms: 216
  • 4 rooms: 610
  • 5 rooms: 1,160
  • 6 rooms: 768
  • 7 rooms: 466
  • 8 rooms: 195
  • 9+ rooms: 200
  • 1 room: 19
  • 2 rooms: 49
  • 3 rooms: 159
  • 4 rooms: 264
  • 5 rooms: 338
  • 6 rooms: 134
  • 7 rooms: 51
  • 8 rooms: 37
  • 9+ rooms: 5
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Stone County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 28
  • 1 bedroom: 227
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,206
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,833
  • 4 bedrooms: 364
  • 5+ bedrooms: 54
  • no bedroom: 19
  • 1 bedroom: 214
  • 2 bedrooms: 391
  • 3 bedrooms: 385
  • 4 bedrooms: 42
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5
Cars and other vehicles available in Stone County, Arkansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 211
  • 1 vehicle: 1,000
  • 2 vehicles: 1,416
  • 3 vehicles: 806
  • 4 vehicles: 203
  • 5+ vehicles: 76
  • no vehicle: 176
  • 1 vehicle: 500
  • 2 vehicles: 340
  • 3 vehicles: 21
  • 4 vehicles: 12
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

63% of Stone County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 46% lived in Arkansas.

Stone 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: $53,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Stone County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (47.3%)
  • Wood (28.1%)
  • Electricity (17.1%)
  • Utility gas (7.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (49.1%)
  • Electricity (24.8%)
  • Wood (13.8%)
  • Utility gas (11.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 59
Here:

4.6%
Arkansas:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 29
Here:

5.1%
Arkansas:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 36
Here:

16.4%
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)

Stone County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $186,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $985,000
    Police Protection: $605,000
    Solid Waste Management: $296,000
    Financial Administration: $250,000
    Central Staff Services: $173,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $161,000
    General Public Buildings: $102,000
    General - Other: $102,000
    Corrections - Other: $84,000
    Libraries: $71,000
    Welfare - Other: $42,000
    Parks & Recreation: $23,000
    Health Services - Other: $16,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $13,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $229,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $35,000
    Libraries: $2,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,138,000

Stone County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $249,000
    All Other: $218,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $344,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $357,000
    Interest Earnings: $71,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $830,000
    General Support: $414,000
    All Other: $20,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $847,000
    Property: $529,000

Stone County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,701,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

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

Most common first names in Stone County, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William7674.5 years
James7674.5 years
John6274.7 years
Mary5579.7 years
Robert4071.3 years
George3777.8 years
Thomas2379.5 years
Charles2176.6 years
Richard2070.1 years
Albert1976.4 years
Most common last names in Stone County, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Green3680.3 years
Smith3478.4 years
Williams3375.7 years
Branscum3274.0 years
Younger2377.3 years
Sutterfield2276.3 years
Lancaster2274.9 years
Richardson2173.5 years
Brewer2171.3 years
Brown2180.1 years
Businesses in Stone County, AR
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Nike1
Best Western1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
Circle K1SONIC Drive-In1
Days Inn1Sears1
FedEx1Subway1
Ford1True Value1
H&R Block1U-Haul3
Hardee's1UPS1
KFC1Walmart1
McDonald's1

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