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Drew County, Arkansas
Drew County Courthouse 004.jpg
Drew County Courthouse in Monticello
Map of Arkansas highlighting Drew County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded November 26, 1846
Named for Thomas Drew
Seat Monticello
Largest city Monticello
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

836 sq mi (2,165 km²)
828 sq mi (2,145 km²)
7.3 sq mi (19 km²), 0.9%
 - (2015)
 - Density

22/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Drew County is a county located in the southeast region of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,509, making it the thirty-ninth most populous of Arkansas's seventy-five counties.[1] The county seat and largest city is Monticello.[2] Drew County was formed on November 26, 1846, and named for Thomas Drew,[3] the 3rd governor of Arkansas.

Located on the edge of the Arkansas Timberlands and the Arkansas Delta, its fertile soils produced prosperity for early settlers in the antebellum era. Cotton was the major commodity crop, but corn, apples, peaches and tomatoes were also grown. Following the Civil War, the boundaries of Drew County changed.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, timber harvesting became an important industry. As a variety of industries began to move to the county, several colleges were founded in the county in the early part of the 20th century, one developing as University of Arkansas at Monticello. Today the county has a diverse economy and is an economic center in southeast Arkansas.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 836 square miles (2,170 km2), of which 828 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4]

Loggy Bayou is a swamp in Drew County, not to be confused with a bayou of the same name in northwestern Louisiana.

Major highways[]

  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278
  • US 425.svg U.S. Highway 425
  • Arkansas 4.svg Highway 4
  • Arkansas 8.svg Highway 8
  • Arkansas 35.svg Highway 35
  • Arkansas 133.svg Highway 133
  • Arkansas 530.svg Highway 530

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,276
1860 9,078 177.1%
1870 9,960 9.7%
1880 12,231 22.8%
1890 17,352 41.9%
1900 19,451 12.1%
1910 21,960 12.9%
1920 21,822 −0.6%
1930 19,928 −8.7%
1940 19,831 −0.5%
1950 17,959 −9.4%
1960 15,213 −15.3%
1970 15,157 −0.4%
1980 17,910 18.2%
1990 17,369 −3.0%
2000 18,723 7.8%
2010 18,509 −1.1%
Est. 2015 18,778 [5] 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2015[1]

Age pyramid Drew County[10]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[11] there were 18,723 people, 7,337 households, and 5,091 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 8,287 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.30% White, 27.16% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,337 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.30% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.00% of all households are made and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 12.60% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,627, and the median income for a family was $37,317. Males had a median income of $30,794 versus $20,707 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,264. About 13.10% of families and 18.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.90% of those under age 18 and 21.80% of those age 65 or over.




  • Jerome
  • Winchester


Townships in Drew 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 Drew County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses.


  • Bartholomew (contains Jerome)
  • Bearhouse
  • Clear Creek
  • Collins
  • Cominto
  • Crook
  • Franklin (contains part of Tillar)
  • Live Oak (contains Winchester)
  • Marion (contains Monticello)
  • Saline (contains Wilmar)
  • Spring Hill
  • Veasey


See also[]

  • List of lakes in Drew County, Arkansas
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Drew County, Arkansas


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 109. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ U. S. Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Drew County, AR (Map). Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  13. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, CPH-1-5, Arkansas" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2014. 

Coordinates: 33°35′04″N 91°43′51″W / 33.58444, -91.73083

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