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Van Buren County, Arkansas (AR)

County population in 2014: 16,851 (all rural); it was 16,192 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,808
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,981
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,537
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,644 (it was 1,288 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

33%

Land area: 712 sq. mi.

Water area: 12.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 24 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Van Buren County: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.2%), Educational, health and social services (19.7%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (18.1%), Information (10.1%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 37%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 60%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Van Buren County, Arkansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  46.0 years
Arkansas median age:  37.0 years
Males: 8,400  (49.9%)
Females: 8,451  (50.1%)
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Van Buren County,AR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Van Buren County:

2.0 people
Arkansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $32,312 ($27,004 in 1999)

This county:

$32312
Arkansas:

$40511

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $351 (lower quartile is $252, upper quartile is $461)
This county:

$351
State:

$489


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $88,478 (it was $57,900 in 2000)
Van Buren:

$88,478
Arkansas:

$109,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $48,965 - $144,362

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $138,346
Here:

$138,346
State:

$153,111

Townhouses or other attached units: $136,119
Here:

$136,119
State:

$138,575

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $102,541
Here:

$102,541
State:

$113,951

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $74,910
Here:

$74,910
State:

$190,663

Mobile homes: $48,613
Here:

$48,613
State:

$52,675

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,553
Here:

$5,553
State:

$69,243
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $823
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $276

Institutionalized population: 180

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 10
  • Burglaries: 37
  • Thefts: 35
  • Auto thefts: 16

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

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 28
  • Thefts: 36
  • Auto thefts: 18
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 29 buildings, average cost: $81,200
  • 2008: 34 buildings, average cost: $119,700
  • 2009: 16 buildings, average cost: $107,500
  • 2010: 7 buildings, average cost: $175,600
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $133,000
  • 2012: 3 buildings, average cost: $197,800
  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $102,000
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $120,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $477 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $400 (0.5%)

Van Buren County household income distribution in 2009 Van Buren County home values distribution Van Buren County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 24.5%
(23.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 80.3% for Black residents, 29.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 74.1% for American Indian residents, 6.1% for other race residents, 23.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 25.1%
Van Buren County:

25.1%
Arkansas:

19.7%
(23.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 82.5% for Black residents, 30.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 78.6% for American Indian residents, 6.5% for other race residents, 25.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 9 years old, American Indian residents: 57 years old, Asian residents: 48 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 38 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Van Buren County is $346 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $456 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $565 a month.

Cities in this county include: Fairfield Bay, Clinton, Dennard, Shirley, Damascus.

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

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Neighboring counties: Cocke County, Tennessee , Haywood County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.2%
Arkansas:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 363
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 71.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 224 (67% naturalized citizens)

Van Buren County:

1.4%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 15
  • 1990 to 1994: 33
  • 1985 to 1989: 35
  • 1980 to 1984: 7
  • 1975 to 1979: 11
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 14
  • 1965 to 1969: 107

Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 63.8%

Van Buren County marital status for males Van Buren County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 6,155
  • One, attached: 231
  • Two: 70
  • 3 or 4: 254
  • 5 to 9: 85
  • 10 to 19: 133
  • 20 or more: 147
  • Mobile homes: 2,033
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 56

Housing units in Van Buren County with a mortgage: 1,272 (80 second mortgage, 40 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,550

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

60.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Van Buren County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,65142
Mainline Protestant1,0514
Catholic3542
Other11
None10,238-
Van Buren 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
Van Buren County:

1.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Van Buren County:

8.50 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
This county:

6.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Van Buren County:

9.8%
Arkansas:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Van Buren County:

27.8%
State:

29.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.3%
State:

13.6%

Agriculture in Van Buren County:

Average size of farms: 218 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $24,816
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $45.83
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 92.62%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $22,304
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.29%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.16%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $43,679
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.52%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.97
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.93%
Land in orchards: 24 acres

Earthquake activity:

Van Buren 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 27.9 miles away from Van Buren 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 29.7 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 117.5 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 160.5 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 194.9 miles away from Van Buren County center
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 108.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • ArkansasSevere 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
  • ArkansasSevere 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
  • ArkansasSevere 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
  • ArkansasTropical Storm Ike, Incident Period: September 13, 2008 to September 23, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1804): October 22, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1804, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Arkansasevere Storms and Flooding associated with Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: September 2, 2008 to September 8, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1793): September 18, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1793, Natural disaster type: Storm, Huurricane, Flood
  • ArkansasSevere Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: May 2, 2008 to May 12, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1758): May 20, 2008, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1758, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • ArkansasSevere 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
  • ArkansasSevere 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
  • ArkansasHurricane 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
  • ArkansasSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 2, 2003 to June 10, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1472): June 6, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1472, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Van Buren County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 10, Floods: 9, Tornadoes: 7, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Huurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 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
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Health care and social assistance (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (2%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (17%)
  • Transportation occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (4%)

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

  • Germany (17%)
  • Mexico (11%)
  • Canada (9%)
  • United Kingdom (8%)
  • Thailand (5%)
  • Malaysia (4%)
  • France (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Van Buren County (%):

  • United States or American (32%)
  • Irish (14%)
  • German (13%)
  • English (12%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Van Buren County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,467 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 1,081 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 113 (2%)
  • Other means: 101 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 203 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Van Buren County, Arkansas in 2000:

  • 232 people in nursing homes
  • 30 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 10 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Van Buren County, Arkansas in 2010:

  • 130 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 50 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,094.

6.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,636 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
Arkansas average:

6.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.08% relocated from other counties in Arkansas ($19,136 average AGI)
2.68% relocated from other states ($13,497 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

2.68%
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 Faulkner County, AR  0.92% ($34,176 average AGI)
from Cleburne County, AR  0.38% ($35,000)
from Pulaski County, AR  0.36% ($27,500)
from Conway County, AR  0.32% ($41,944)
from Searcy County, AR  0.23% ($27,000)
from Pope County, AR  0.18% ($18,900)


7.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,460 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.74%
Arkansas average:

6.84%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.93% relocated to other counties in Arkansas ($20,848 average AGI)
2.81% relocated to other states ($11,609 average AGI)
Van Buren County:

2.81%
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 Faulkner County, AR  1.53% ($32,977 average AGI)
to Cleburne County, AR  0.66% ($39,000)
to Pulaski County, AR  0.43% ($20,958)
to Conway County, AR  0.37% ($26,381)
to White County, AR  0.21% ($26,250)
to Pope County, AR  0.18% ($28,500)
to Saline County, AR  0.18% ($36,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Van Buren County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 16.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Van Buren County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Van Buren County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 4,537 (3,595 aged, 942 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 469 (14%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Van Buren County, Arkansas in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (328)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (286)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (187)
  • Congestive heart failure (176)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (160)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (146)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (103)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (88)
  • Heart disease, unspecified (78)
  • Unspecified dementia (72)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 193.6. This is less than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,106
  • In family households: 14,186 (3,719 male householders, 1,189 female householders)
    3,946 spouses, 4,026 children (3,515 natural, 139 adopted, 372 stepchildren), 433 grandchildren, 107 brothers or sisters, 109 parents, 151 other relatives, 403 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,920 (1,255 male householders (1,045 living alone)), 1,270 female householders (1,154 living alone)), 395 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 189 (180 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 2,681 2-persons, 959 3-persons, 744 4-persons, 313 5-persons, 139 6-persons, 72 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,199 1-person, 280 2-persons, 29 3-persons, 11 4-persons, 6 5-persons.

2,359 married couples with children.
724 single-parent households (220 men, 504 women).

97.6% of residents of Van Buren County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (64% speak English very well, 36% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (75% speak English very well, 25% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $116,887,000 ($7050 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,099,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $63,249,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $25,169,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $350,000
Federal grants: $22,177,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,911,000 ($2,331,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,032,000 ($40,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $467,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,051,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,745,000

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

Births: 891
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,163
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

53 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +11
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +635
Here:

+38 per 1000 residents
State:

+13 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Van Buren County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.00 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 267
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,484
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,068
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,080
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,306
  • 1960 to 1969: 802
  • 1950 to 1959: 420
  • 1940 to 1949: 511
  • 1939 or earlier: 489
Rooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 23
  • 2 rooms: 84
  • 3 rooms: 341
  • 4 rooms: 998
  • 5 rooms: 1,737
  • 6 rooms: 1,297
  • 7 rooms: 699
  • 8 rooms: 237
  • 9+ rooms: 121
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 116
  • 3 rooms: 198
  • 4 rooms: 409
  • 5 rooms: 320
  • 6 rooms: 149
  • 7 rooms: 53
  • 8 rooms: 19
  • 9+ rooms: 2
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Van Buren County, Arkansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 42
  • 1 bedroom: 268
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,801
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,883
  • 4 bedrooms: 475
  • 5+ bedrooms: 68
  • no bedroom: 24
  • 1 bedroom: 292
  • 2 bedrooms: 588
  • 3 bedrooms: 351
  • 4 bedrooms: 29
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Van Buren County, Arkansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 278
  • 1 vehicle: 1,736
  • 2 vehicles: 2,455
  • 3 vehicles: 790
  • 4 vehicles: 200
  • 5+ vehicles: 78
  • no vehicle: 172
  • 1 vehicle: 639
  • 2 vehicles: 385
  • 3 vehicles: 74
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 9

60% of Van Buren County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 41% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in Arkansas.

Van Buren County:

60.1%
State average:

54.0%

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

  • This state: 9366
  • Northeast: 348
  • Midwest: 2610
  • South: 2528
  • West: 1069

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $52,500


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 Van Buren County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (33.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.0%)
  • Wood (16.8%)
  • Utility gas (16.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (36.0%)
  • Electricity (32.8%)
  • Utility gas (20.7%)
  • Wood (8.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

3.5%
Arkansas:

7.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 36
Here:

4.4%
Arkansas:

6.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 45
Here:

14.5%
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)

Van Buren County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,777,000
    Regular Highways: $1,509,000
    Financial Administration: $551,000
    Solid Waste Management: $510,000
    Central Staff Services: $447,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $417,000
    Correctional Institutions: $338,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $146,000
    Libraries: $128,000
    Health - Other: $111,000
    General Public Buildings: $74,000
    Parks and Recreation: $19,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $659,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $607,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $8,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,054,000

Van Buren County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $533,000
    Solid Waste Management: $410,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $42,000
    Highways: $30,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $398,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $343,000
    Interest Earnings: $61,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,112,000
    General Local Government Support: $619,000
    All Other: $228,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $2,937,000
    Property: $1,506,000

Van Buren County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,466,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,690,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $776,000

Van Buren County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,066,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,067,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 586
  • Number of aged recipients: 83
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 503
  • Number of recipients under 18: 78
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 350
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 158
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 290
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 248
Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Van Buren County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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Most common first names in Van Buren County, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James14673.1 years
William14575.8 years
John12273.4 years
Robert9273.7 years
Mary9081.1 years
George6474.9 years
Charles6075.6 years
Thomas4176.7 years
Roy3672.4 years
Helen3675.9 years
Most common last names in Van Buren County, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith7376.2 years
Johnson6172.6 years
Williams5976.8 years
Bradford5381.8 years
Brown4781.1 years
Jones3575.8 years
Hall3179.2 years
Ward3078.1 years
Bonds2678.2 years
Martin2574.9 years
Businesses in Van Buren County, AR
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Baskin-Robbins1McDonald's1
Best Western1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1RadioShack1
FedEx2SONIC Drive-In1
H&R Block1Subway1
Jones New York1Super 81
KFC1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1Vans1
Long John Silver's1Walmart1

Van Buren County on our top lists:

  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for 3rd party candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election"