Mena, Arkansas

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Population in 2019: 5,490 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.6%
 
Males: 2,452  (44.7%)
Females: 3,038  (55.3%)
Median resident age:

41.4 years
Arkansas median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 71953.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $36,305 (it was $22,671 in 2000)
Mena:

$36,305
AR:

$48,952

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $24,427 (it was $14,710 in 2000)

Mena city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $94,317 (it was $57,200 in 2000)
Mena:

$94,317
AR:

$136,200

Median gross rent in 2019: $657.

March 2019 cost of living index in Mena: 79.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 35.1%
(35.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Black residents, 48.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.3% for American Indian residents, 69.6% for other race residents, 26.6% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Mena, AR (2019)
    • 5,08490.9%White alone
    • 1572.8%Hispanic
    • 1292.3%Two or more races
    • 1011.8%American Indian alone
    • 480.9%Asian alone
    • 140.3%Black alone
    • 120.2%Other race alone

Races in Mena detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Arkansas and other state lists, there were 51 registered sex offenders living in Mena, Arkansas as of June 19, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Mena is 112 to 1.


Crime rates in Mena by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(71.7)
2
(35.5)
2
(35.7)
6
(103.8)
5
(87.0)
4
(69.9)
4
(70.0)
5
(88.7)
5
(88.7)
2
(35.6)
7
(126.2)
2
(36.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.8)
1
(17.8)
1
(17.3)
2
(34.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(35.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
8
(141.0)
7
(124.3)
13
(232.9)
19
(337.7)
10
(178.4)
16
(276.8)
9
(156.7)
17
(297.2)
11
(192.4)
8
(141.9)
15
(266.2)
5
(88.9)
5
(90.2)
1
(18.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
13
(229.2)
21
(372.9)
83
(1,487)
51
(906.5)
105
(1,873)
93
(1,609)
108
(1,880)
94
(1,643)
48
(839.6)
27
(478.8)
34
(603.4)
24
(426.7)
25
(450.8)
29
(526.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
75
(1,322)
95
(1,687)
187
(3,351)
153
(2,720)
178
(3,176)
180
(3,114)
245
(4,265)
219
(3,828)
221
(3,866)
211
(3,742)
176
(3,123)
186
(3,307)
177
(3,191)
186
(3,377)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2
(35.3)
1
(17.8)
3
(53.8)
5
(88.9)
5
(89.2)
1
(17.3)
9
(156.7)
6
(104.9)
2
(35.0)
3
(53.2)
2
(35.5)
10
(177.8)
6
(108.2)
8
(145.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.8)
1
(17.8)
1
(17.3)
2
(34.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(35.0)
1
(17.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(36.3)
City-Data.com crime index100.0119.9346.4280.7334.9382.2460.9391.9321.1286.8294.2222.6328.3216.2

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Mena, AR

Crime rate in Mena detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 13 (12 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.18
Arkansas average:

2.35
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Ancestries: American (18.2%), Irish (11.7%), German (9.3%), Scotch-Irish (5.3%), Welsh (3.5%), Italian (2.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 09/18/1896

Elevation: 1169 feet

Land area: 6.74 square miles.

Population density: 815 people per square mile   (low).

Mena, Arkansas map

152 residents are foreign born (1.1% North America, 1.0% Latin America, 0.7% Asia, 0.4% Europe).

This city:

2.7%
Arkansas:

4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $550 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $544 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fort Smith, AR (55.1 miles , pop. 80,268).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Tulsa, OK (143.7 miles , pop. 393,049).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (191.6 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Hatfield, AR (3.2 miles ),
Cove, AR (3.8 miles ),
Vandervoort, AR (4.0 miles),
Wickes, AR (4.5 miles ),
Waldron, AR (4.8 miles ),
South Le Flore, OK (4.9 miles ),
Grannis, AR (4.9 miles ),
Smithville, OK (4.9 miles)

Latitude: 34.58 N, Longitude: 94.24 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,322 (+41.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,610 (77.5%)

Area code: 479

Distribution of median household income in Mena, AR in 2019
Distribution of house value in Mena, AR in 2019
Mena satellite photo by USGS

Mena tourist attractions:

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 23 buildings, average cost: $53,200
  • 1998: 20 buildings, average cost: $60,800
  • 1999: 22 buildings, average cost: $72,800
  • 2000: 19 buildings, average cost: $68,100
  • 2001: 15 buildings, average cost: $65,400
  • 2002: 20 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2003: 21 buildings, average cost: $72,800
  • 2004: 13 buildings, average cost: $77,200
  • 2005: 17 buildings, average cost: $68,400
  • 2006: 10 buildings, average cost: $112,500
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $70,400
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $86,300
  • 2009: 13 buildings, average cost: $115,300
  • 2010: 22 buildings, average cost: $77,300
  • 2011: 22 buildings, average cost: $77,300
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $65,000
  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $65,000
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $57,500
  • 2015: 2 buildings, average cost: $57,500
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $70,000
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $70,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Mena, AR residents
Average permit cost in Mena, AR
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.3%
Arkansas:

5.7%
Historical population in Mena, AR
Historical housing units in Mena, AR

Population change in the 1990s: +39 (+0.7%).
Most common industries in Mena, AR (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (13.4%)
  • Educational services (8.3%)
  • Construction (5.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.9%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (5.6%)
  • Apparel (5.0%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (4.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.3%)
  • Other transportation, support activities, couriers (9.3%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, components (8.4%)
  • Educational services (5.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.9%)
  • Truck transportation (4.5%)
  • Health care (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (23.5%)
  • Educational services (10.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.4%)
  • Apparel (8.0%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (6.5%)
  • Social assistance (5.6%)
  • Public administration (5.3%)
Most common occupations in Mena, AR (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.1%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.8%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.0%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.9%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4.3%)

Average climate in Mena, Arkansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Mena, Arkansas average temperatures Mena, Arkansas average precipitation Mena, Arkansas humidity Mena, Arkansas wind speed Mena, Arkansas snowfall Mena, Arkansas sunshine Mena, Arkansas clear and cloudy days

Mena, Arkansas environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 51.1. This is significantly better than average.

City:

51.1
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 34.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

34.9
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Mena-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Arkansas state average. It is 56% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/2/1982, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 44.5 miles away from the Mena city center injured 29 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/21/1952, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 29.4 miles away from the city center killed 7 people and injured 9 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mena-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Arkansas state average. It is 564% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 157.4 miles away from Mena center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 198.0 miles away from the city center
On 11/7/2016 at 01:44:24, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 2.8 mi) earthquake occurred 174.5 miles away from the city center
On 2/28/2011 at 05:00:50, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MW, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 116.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 122.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 123.8 miles away from Mena center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (19) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 8, Winter Storms: 4, Winds: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Mena topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Mena:

  • MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM (Government - Local, 311 NORTH MORROW STREET)
  • MENA REGIONAL HOSPICE (311 NORTH MORROW AVENUE)
  • MENA MANOR (100 9TH STREET)
  • RICH MOUNTAIN MANOR (306 HORNBECK)
  • RICH MOUNTAIN NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (306 HORNBECK)
  • DAVITA - MENA DIALYSIS (1200 CRESTWOOD CIR)
  • POLK COUNTY HEALTH UNIT (702 HORNBECK)
  • VISITING NURSES AGENCY (600 SEVENTH STREET)
  • WEST ARKANSAS HOME CARE (1201 SOUTH MENA STREET)

Airports located in Mena:

College/University in Mena:

  • Rich Mountain Community College (Full-time enrollment: 636; Location: 1100 College Dr; Public; Website: www.rmcc.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mena:

  • Carl Albert State College (about 39 miles; Poteau, OK; Full-time enrollment: 2,041)
  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (about 57 miles; Fort Smith, AR; FT enrollment: 6,103)
  • National Park Community College (about 65 miles; Hot Springs, AR; FT enrollment: 2,237)
  • Henderson State University (about 75 miles; Arkadelphia, AR; FT enrollment: 3,528)
  • Texarkana College (about 80 miles; Texarkana, TX; FT enrollment: 2,629)
  • Arkansas Tech University (about 80 miles; Russellville, AR; FT enrollment: 9,038)
  • Paris Junior College (about 99 miles; Paris, TX; FT enrollment: 3,875)

Public high schools in Mena:

Public elementary/middle schools in Mena:

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User-submitted facts and corrections:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Mena: Lionsk Club Golf Course (A), Mena Ranger Station (B), Mena Work Center (C), Polk County Sheriff's Office (D), 18th West Judicial District Drug Task Force (E), Mena Police Department (F), Polk County Courthouse (G), Polk County Development Center (H), Mena Fire Department Station 2 (I), Southwest Emergency Medical Service (J), Mena Fire Department Station 1 (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Northside Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Mena include: Calvary Baptist Church (A), Christ Episcopal Church (B), Covenant of Life Church (C), Dallas Avenue Baptist Church (D), Faith Missionary Baptist Church (E), First Baptist Church (F), First Christian Church (G), First Freewill Baptist Church (H), First Presbyterian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oak Grove Cemetery (1), Mount Calvary Cemetery (2), Pinecrest Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Cox Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Mena include: Lee McMillian Memorial Park (1), Janssen Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Ozark Inn (2102 Highway 71 South), Budget Inn & Restaurant (1018 Highway 71 South), Limetree Inn (804 Highway 71 North), Holiday Motel (1162 Highway 71 South), Harvey House Inn (704 Highway 71 North), Sun Country Inn (1309 Highway 71 North).

Court: Mena City - District Court Clerk (507 Church Avenue).

Birthplace of: Herbert A. Littleton - Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient.

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Mena and their reported violations in the past:

MENA WATER DEPARTMENT (Population served: 5,590, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-07-2014), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014), St Public Notif received (JUN-04-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-07-2014), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014), St Public Notif received (JUN-04-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-08-2013), St Public Notif requested (JAN-31-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-10-2014), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-08-2013), St Public Notif requested (JAN-31-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-10-2014), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-08-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-08-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-10-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-08-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-08-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-10-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014)
  • 2 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • Single Turbidity Exceed (Enhanced SWTR) - In JUN-2013, Contaminant: IESWTR. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (AUG-13-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-13-2013), St Public Notif received (SEP-10-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-08-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (MAY-08-2014)
  • One minor monitoring violation
ACORN RURAL WATER ASSN (Population served: 1,895, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring of Treatment (SWTR-Filter) - In DEC-2008. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-06-2009), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2009), St Compliance achieved (DEC-03-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
FREEDOM WATER ASSOCIATION (Population served: 1,775, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
SUGAR CREEK LODGE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-08-2012), St Public Notif received (JUN-19-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-02-2010), St Compliance achieved (APR-01-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-10-2005), St Public Notif received (AUG-24-2005), St Compliance achieved (MAR-12-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In DEC-2005, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (DEC-15-2005), St Public Notif requested (FEB-08-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAR-12-2009)
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
USFS SHADY LAKE REC AREA 16666 (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2011, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-08-2011), St Public Notif received (JUN-16-2011), St Compliance achieved (DEC-30-2011)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-07-2008), St Public Notif received (AUG-22-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-09-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One minor monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Mena that have no violations reported:

  • USFS SHADY LAKE REC AREA 16661 (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Arkansas:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.6%
Whole state:

67.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.0%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Mena in 2010:

  • 125 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 21 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 9 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Mena in 2000:

  • 158 people in nursing homes
  • 18 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 9 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 7 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards

Banks with branches in Mena (2011 data):

  • First National Bank: Northside Branch, Supercenter Branch, In Mena Branch. Info updated 2012/01/13: Bank assets: $718.1 mil, Deposits: $547.7 mil, headquarters in Hot Springs, AR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 31 total offices, Holding Company: First National Security Company
  • Diamond Bank: Mena Branch at 203 Highway 71 North, branch established on 1998/04/20. Info updated 2011/12/01: Bank assets: $437.7 mil, Deposits: $365.3 mil, headquarters in Murfreesboro, AR, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Bainum Bancorp
  • The Union Bank of Mena: The Union Bank Of Mena at 303 Highway 71 North, branch established on 1934/07/25. Info updated 2011/09/20: Bank assets: $177.4 mil, Deposits: $156.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Consumer Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Union Bankshares, Inc.
  • Chambers Bank: Mena Branch at 300 Highway 71, branch established on 1994/03/21. Info updated 2008/12/08: Bank assets: $711.4 mil, Deposits: $589.0 mil, headquarters in Danville, AR, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 20 total offices, Holding Company: Chambers Bancshares, Inc.
  • Arvest Bank: Hickory Street Branch at 1608 Highway 71 North, branch established on 1934/06/01. Info updated 2010/11/29: Bank assets: $12,520.8 mil, Deposits: $10,446.2 mil, headquarters in Fayetteville, AR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 241 total offices, Holding Company: Arvest Bank Group, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Mena:

Marital status in Mena, AR
  • Never married: 19.3%
  • Now married: 44.8%
  • Separated: 4.9%
  • Widowed: 11.0%
  • Divorced: 20.0%

For population 25 years and over in Mena:

  • High school or higher: 86.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.2%
  • Unemployed: 5.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
Arkansas average:

11.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Mena
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Mena, AR (based on Polk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant8,78860
Mainline Protestant1,2097
Catholic5701
Other5322
None9,563-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
This county:

3.47 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

2.02 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Polk County:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.59 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
Polk County:

4.96 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

4.94 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Polk County:

7.44 / 10,000 pop.
Arkansas:

6.66 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.9%
Arkansas:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Polk County:

28.6%
Arkansas:

29.1%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.2%
State:

13.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Mena:

54.2%
State:

47.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

51.4%
Arkansas:

43.3%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.0
State:

28.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

17.9%
State:

21.9%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.1%
State:

11.1%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Mena:

7.0
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

33.2%
Arkansas:

34.0%

General health condition:
Mena:

59.5%
State:

53.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.5%
Arkansas:

77.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Mena, AR Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2019)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 16$59,402$44,5520$0
Water Supply 7$24,017$41,1720$0
Streets and Highways 7$24,440$41,8970$0
Parks and Recreation 6$21,513$43,0260$0
Other Government Administration 5$19,504$46,8100$0
Sewerage 2$9,285$55,7100$0
Firefighters 2$9,555$57,33043$10,837
Other and Unallocable 1$4,515$54,1808$1,831
Health 1$3,367$40,4040$0
Police - Other 1$3,321$39,8520$0
Airports 1$3,980$47,7600$0
Totals for Government 49$182,899$44,79251$12,668

Mena government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $1,010,000 ($183.97)
    Air Transportation: $277,000 ($50.46)
    Parks and Recreation: $56,000 ($10.20)
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $30,685,000 ($5589.25)
    Police Protection: $1,320,000 ($240.44)
    Water Utilities: $906,000 ($165.03)
    Regular Highways: $763,000 ($138.98)
    Sewerage: $618,000 ($112.57)
    Parks and Recreation: $459,000 ($83.61)
    Central Staff Services: $428,000 ($77.96)
    General Public Buildings: $192,000 ($34.97)
    Health - Other: $170,000 ($30.97)
    General - Other: $153,000 ($27.87)
    Solid Waste Management: $82,000 ($14.94)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $65,000 ($11.84)
    Local Fire Protection: $59,000 ($10.75)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $322,000 ($58.65)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Hospitals: $1,152,000 ($209.84)
    Water Utilities: $59,000 ($10.75)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $13,584,000 ($2474.32)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $363,000 ($66.12)

Mena government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $29,593,000 ($5390.35)
    Sewerage: $571,000 ($104.01)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $268,000 ($48.82)
    Highways: $19,000 ($3.46)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,363,000 ($248.27)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $555,000 ($101.09)
    General Revenue - Other: $180,000 ($32.79)
    Fines and Forfeits: $90,000 ($16.39)
    Sale of Property: $4,000 ($0.73)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,007,000 ($365.57)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $330,000 ($60.11)
    General Local Government Support: $107,000 ($19.49)
    Other: $76,000 ($13.84)
    Health and Hospitals: $6,000 ($1.09)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,847,000 ($336.43)
    Public Utilities Sales: $369,000 ($67.21)
    Other Selective Sales: $273,000 ($49.73)
    Property: $202,000 ($36.79)
    Other License: $21,000 ($3.83)

Mena government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,720,000 ($859.74)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,230,000 ($770.49)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $490,000 ($89.25)

Mena government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,185,000 ($398.00)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,138,000 ($2028.78)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,040,000 ($189.44)
Businesses in Mena, AR
NameCountNameCount
AutoZone1Nike1
Baskin-Robbins1Pizza Hut1
Curves1RadioShack1
FedEx1SONIC Drive-In1
Ford1Sears1
H&R Block1Subway2
Jones New York1Taco Bell1
KFC1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS6
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
McDonald's1Wendy's1
New Balance1

Strongest AM radio stations in Mena:

  • KENA (1450 AM; 1 kW; MENA, AR; Owner: OUACHITA BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KGHT (880 AM; 50 kW; SHERIDAN, AR; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KWXI (670 AM; daytime; 5 kW; GLENWOOD, AR; Owner: PGR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KEEL (710 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KAAY (1090 AM; 50 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KWKH (1130 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KYHN (1320 AM; 10 kW; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFAQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KWHN (1650 AM; 10 kW; FT. SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBHS (590 AM; 5 kW; HOT SPRINGS, AR; Owner: J & A, INC.)
  • KFXR (1190 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KRLD (1080 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: TEXAS INFINITY BROADCASTING L.P.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mena:

  • KENA-FM (102.1 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: OUACHITA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K203BO (88.5 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: BD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIV ARKANSAS)
  • KQOR (105.3 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: OUACHITA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • K217EW (91.3 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • KTTG (96.3 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: PEARSON BROADCASTING OF MENA, INC.)
  • KRWA-FM (103.1 FM; WALDRON, AR; Owner: PHARIS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOMS (107.3 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KZBB (97.9 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMAG (99.1 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KTCS-FM (99.9 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: BIG CHIEF BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K204EW (88.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • K219CN (91.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KARG (91.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • K207CW (89.3 FM; PARIS, AR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KPRV-FM (92.5 FM; HEAVENER, OK; Owner: LEROY BILLY)
  • KDQN-FM (92.1 FM; DE QUEEN, AR; Owner: JAY W. BUNYARD & ANNE W. BUNYARD)
  • KKBI (106.1 FM; BROKEN BOW, OK; Owner: J.D.C. RADIO, INC.)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Mena: Herbert A. Littleton.

Mena fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Mena fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 50Number of bridges
  • 282ft / 86.1mTotal length
  • $4,074,000Total costs
  • 108,427Total average daily traffic
  • 1,093Total average daily truck traffic
  • 131,908Total future (year 2007) average daily traffic
New bridges in Mena, AR - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 21920-1929
  • 61930-1939
  • 51940-1949
  • 101950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 21970-1979
  • 101980-1989
  • 61990-1999
  • 42000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Mena, AR
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Mena)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 139 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Mena, AR)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 167 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Mena)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 4 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Mena)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 43 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 71. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 110 took place in 2011, and the least - 45 in 2005. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Mena, AR When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (48.8%), and Structure Fires (33.9%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Mena, AR
    • 58948.8%Outside Fires
    • 40933.9%Structure Fires
    • 13311.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 776.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Mena, AR
Most common first names in Mena, AR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William15478.8 years
John15276.9 years
James14874.2 years
Mary12180.2 years
Charles8174.7 years
Robert8074.1 years
George6375.0 years
Henry4179.5 years
Joseph4078.9 years
Ruby3879.5 years
Most common last names in Mena, AR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Davis6976.4 years
Smith6875.7 years
Johnson4776.7 years
Miller3777.5 years
Jones3777.4 years
Williams3573.7 years
Standridge3377.5 years
Bates3375.4 years
Brown3173.5 years
Lewis3079.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Mena, AR
  • 53.4%Electricity
  • 39.2%Utility gas
  • 6.0%Wood
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Mena, AR
  • 53.0%Electricity
  • 45.1%Utility gas
  • 1.9%Wood


Mena compared to Arkansas state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
There are 20 pilots and 78 other airmen in this city.
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