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Batesville, Arkansas
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Josephine Street in the fall
Coordinates: 35°46′25″N 91°38′29″W / 35.77361, -91.64139Coordinates: 35°46′25″N 91°38′29″W / 35.77361, -91.64139
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Independence
Founded 1821
Incorporated 1822
 • Mayor Rick Elumbaugh
 • Total 11.11 sq mi (28.77 km2)
 • Land 10.98 sq mi (28.44 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation 338 ft (103 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,248
 • Density 933.3/sq mi (353.9/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72501, 72503
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-04030
GNIS feature ID 0076245
Website Official Website for the City of Batesville, Arkansas

Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas, United States,[1] 80 miles (183 km) northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 10,248.[2] The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and northeast Arkansas.


Lyon College

Batesville is the second oldest municipality in the state of Arkansas, after Georgetown. It was named for James Woodson Bates who settled in the town and was the first territorial delegate from Arkansas to the Congress of the United States. The town has also gone by the names of Napoleon and Poke Bayou.

In early days, Batesville was an important port on the White River and served as an entry point to the interior of northern Arkansas. Batesville played a large role in the settling of the Ozark Mountains region and served as the central land office for northern Arkansas.

The first known settlement of the Batesville area was in 1810 near the mouth of Polk Bayou, and by 1819 the town had a ferry across the White River and about a dozen houses. The town was partially laid out in early 1821, and on March 3, 1822 a bill of assurrance was recorded and executed and the town's plat was laid out. Batesville became the county seat in 1821. In January 1822, Judge Richard Searcy opened the town's first state circuit court. The town's first post office was established in 1822, and in 1830 became the home of a county court. On 25 September 1836, shortly after Arkansas was granted its statehood, Governor Conway incorporated Batesville Academy, the state's first academy. In the past, the area in and around the city had extensive quarries of manganese ore, phosphate rock, sandstone, limestone, and marble.

Batesville currently has only one high school within the city limits, Batesville High School. Also, Batesville is the home of Lyon College, a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and noted for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival each spring. In addition, the city is home to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), and NASCAR driver Mark Martin. It contains three National Register Historic Districts and many properties separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was listed in Norman Crampton's 1992 book The 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranking at #74.


Batesville is located at 35°46′25″N 91°38′29″W / 35.77361, -91.64139 (35.773488, -91.641338).[3] Batesville lies on the White River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.11 square miles (28.8 km2), of which 10.98 square miles (28.4 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.3 km2) (0.12%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 848
1860 920 8.5%
1870 881 −4.2%
1880 1,264 43.5%
1890 2,150 70.1%
1900 2,327 8.2%
1910 3,399 46.1%
1920 4,299 26.5%
1930 4,484 4.3%
1940 5,267 17.5%
1950 6,414 21.8%
1960 6,207 −3.2%
1970 7,209 16.1%
1980 8,447 17.2%
1990 9,187 8.8%
2000 9,445 2.8%
2010 10,248 8.5%
Est. 2014 10,497 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2014 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 10,243 people, 3,777 households, and 2,383 families residing in the city. The population density was 907.3 people per square mile (350.3/km²). There were 4,146 housing units at an average density of 398.3 per square mile (153.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.2% White, 4.3% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 4.6% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 3,777 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

The age distribution was 22.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,133, and the median income for a family was $42,634. Males had a median income of $31,068 versus $20,506 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,753. About 11.1% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.


Batesville Public Schools are part of the Batesville School District, Arkansas. The district has one early learning center, one junior high school, one high school and four magnet schools. Students attend Batesville High School.[7]


List Of Highways[]

  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 25.svg Arkansas Highway 25
  • Arkansas 69.svg Arkansas Highway 69
  • Arkansas 69B.svg Arkansas Highway 69 Business
  • Arkansas 106.svg Arkansas Highway 106
  • Arkansas 233.svg Arkansas Highway 233

Notable people[]

  • Elisha Baxter, thirteenth governor of Arkansas
  • Daniel Haigwood, pitching prospect for the Boston Red Sox
  • Mark Martin, NASCAR driver, born and raised in Batesville
  • James McLean, Democrat former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Independence County
  • William R. Miller, first native-born governor of Arkansas, born in Batesville 1823
  • Rick Monday, born in Batesville, major league baseball player[8]
  • Bill Robertson, the mayor of Minden, Louisiana, from 1991 until his death in 2013, was born in Batesville in 1938.
  • Charlie Strong, Texas Longhorns football head coach
  • Mutha's Day Out, 1990s rock band, signed to Chrysalis records, had 3 videos on MTV rotation and 2 world tours
  • Ryan Mallett, quarterback for the Houston Texans, formerly Arkansas Razorbacks, born in Batesville
  • Sami Jo, former American country singer.
  • James Sturch, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Independence County since 2015


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Batesville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]


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