Prairie County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Arkansas.
, the population is 9,539. The county has two
county seats, Des
Arc and De Valls Bluff.
Prairie County was formed on October 25,
1846, and named for the Grand
of eastern Arkansas.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 676 mi² (1,750 km²). Of this area, 646 mi²
(1,673 km²) (95.6% ) is land and 30 mi² (77 km²)
(4.41%) is water.
National protected area
Age pyramid Prairie County
As of the census
of 2000, there were 9,539
people, 3,894 households, and 2,795 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 6/km² (15/mi²). There were 4,790 housing units at an average
density of 3/km² (7/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was
or African American
, 0.36% Native American
, 0.18% Asian
, 0.28% from other races
, and 0.64% from two
or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 3,894 households out of which 30.60% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples
living together, 11.10% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were
non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals
and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family
size was 2.88.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the
age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 25.10% from
45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,990, and
the median income for a family was $36,131. Males had a median
income of $28,413 versus $18,808 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$15,907. About 12.20% of families and 15.50% of the population were
below the poverty line
21.00% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or
Native American settlement
was at first land given to Cherokee
settlers from Tennessee and was formerly the Western band of
Cherokee Reservation from 1812 to 1836.
estimated 2,000 residents have some degree of American Indian
of Fredonia was named for the failed movement for a Republic of Fredonia by Arkansas
Cherokee and American Texan settlers in
Mexican Texas in 1826.
town, De Valls Bluff had the tribal seat office but now one of the
September 5, 1913, Lee Simms became the first person in Arkansas to be executed by use of
the electric chair.
executed for the offense of rape
, a previously unknown
plant species, was discovered in Prairie County in 1990
, and is not known to grow anywhere else. It is
critically endangered, with only 25 known specimens, all growing
within a single small wood, now protected as the Konecny Grove
Cities and towns
- Based on 2000