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:
Land area: 607 sq. mi. Water area: 2.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 21 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Stone County: 81.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.3%), Manufacturing (14.1%), Retail trade (13.1%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $289 (0.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $239 (0.3%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 24.9%
(24.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 64.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 3.6% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 47 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 36 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 13 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 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.
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
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
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
Stone County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Arkansas state average. It is 3.0 times above 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.
Stone County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Arkansas state average. It is 76% 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 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 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 96.6 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 32.9 miles away from Stone 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 61.7 miles away from the county center On 8/16/2003 at 05:09:22, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, 3.7 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.1 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)
Most recent natural disasters:
Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, And Associated Flooding, Incident Period: April 23, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1975): May 2, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1975, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, 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 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 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 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
Arkansas Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 15, 2001 to January 30, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1400): January 24, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1400, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
9 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
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, Landslide: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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 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:
In family households: 10,277 (2,887 male householders, 703 female householders)
2,976 spouses, 2,921 children (2,609 natural, 77 adopted, 235 stepchildren), 281 grandchildren, 64 brothers or sisters, 68 parents, 109 other relatives, 205 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 1,966 (847 male householders (719 living alone)), 888 female householders (818 living alone)), 231 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 151 (135 institutionalized population)
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.
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:
53 per 1000 residents
72 per 1000 residents
64 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +5
+0 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +374
+32 per 1000 residents
+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:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 44
2000 to 2004: 482
1990 to 1999: 1,588
1980 to 1989: 1,035
1970 to 1979: 1,045
1960 to 1969: 741
1950 to 1959: 647
1940 to 1949: 212
1939 or earlier: 269
Rooms in houses/apartments in Stone County, Arkansas
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.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 7366
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