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Crittenden County, Arkansas
Crittenden County Arkansas Courthouse.jpg
Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Crittenden County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded October 22, 1825
Named for Robert Crittenden
Seat Marion
Largest city West Memphis
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

636.69 sq mi (1,649 km²)
610.17 sq mi (1,580 km²)
26.52 sq mi (69 km²), 4.17%
 - (2010)
 - Density

83/sq mi (32.2/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Crittenden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 50,902. The county seat is Marion,[1] while its largest city is West Memphis. Crittenden County is Arkansas's twelfth county, formed on October 22, 1825, and named for Robert Crittenden, the first Secretary of the Arkansas Territory. Crittenden County was the site of the 1993 murders that led to the possibly wrongful conviction of the West Memphis Three, although the trial was moved to neighboring Craighead County.

Crittenden County is part of the Memphis, TNMSAR Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 636.69 square miles (1,649.0 km2), of which 610.17 square miles (1,580.3 km2) (or 95.83%) is land and 26.52 square miles (68.7 km2) (or 4.17%) is water.[2]

Major Highways[]

  • I-40 (AR) Metric.svg Interstate 40
  • I-55 (AR) Metric.svg Interstate 55
  • US 61.svg U.S. Highway 61
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • US 64.svg U.S. Highway 64
  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 79.svg U.S. Highway 79
  • Arkansas 38.svg Highway 38
  • Arkansas 42.svg Highway 42
  • Arkansas 50.svg Highway 50
  • Arkansas 77.svg Highway 77
  • Arkansas 118.svg Highway 118
  • Arkansas 131.svg Highway 131
  • Arkansas 147.svg Highway 147
  • Arkansas 149.svg Highway 149
  • Arkansas 184.svg Highway 184
  • Arkansas 191.svg Highway 191
  • Arkansas 218.svg Highway 218
  • Arkansas 816.svg Highway 816

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,272
1840 1,561 22.7%
1850 2,648 69.6%
1860 4,920 85.8%
1870 3,831 −22.1%
1880 9,415 145.8%
1890 13,940 48.1%
1900 14,529 4.2%
1910 22,447 54.5%
1920 29,309 30.6%
1930 39,717 35.5%
1940 42,473 6.9%
1950 47,184 11.1%
1960 47,564 0.8%
1970 48,106 1.1%
1980 49,499 2.9%
1990 49,939 0.9%
2000 50,866 1.9%
2010 50,902 0.1%

Age pyramid Crittenden County[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 50,866 people, 18,471 households, and 13,373 families residing in the county. The population density was 83 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 20,507 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 50.91% White, 47.05% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,471 households out of which 37.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.80% were married couples living together, 21.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,109, and the median income for a family was $34,982. Males had a median income of $31,299 versus $21,783 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,424. About 21.00% of families and 25.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.30% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities, towns, and townships[]



  • Anthonyville
  • Clarkedale
  • Crawfordsville
  • Earle
  • Edmondson
  • Gilmore
  • Horseshoe Lake
  • Jennette
  • Jericho
  • Sunset
  • Turrell


File:Crittenden County Arkansas 2010 Township Map small.jpg

Townships in Crittenden County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Crittenden County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses.


  • Black Oak
  • Bob Ward (Anthonyville, Edmondson, small part of Jennette)
  • Fogleman (Gilmore, Turrell)
  • Jackson (Crawfordsville, part of Marion, part of West Memphis small part of Jennette)
  • Jasper (Sunset, most of Marion, part of West Memphis, small part of Clarkedale)
  • Lucas (Horseshoe Lake)
  • Mississippi (most of West Memphis, part of Marion)
  • Mound City (part of Marion, part of West Memphis, small part of Clarkedale)
  • Proctor (part of West Memphis)
  • Tyronza (Earle, most of Jennette)
  • Wappanocca (Jericho, most of Clarkedale)

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Crittenden County, Arkansas


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