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Faulkner County, Arkansas
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Faulkner County Courthouse
Flag of Faulkner County, Arkansas
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Seal of Faulkner County, Arkansas
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Map of Arkansas highlighting Faulkner County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded April 12, 1873
Named for Sandford C. Faulkner
Seat Conway
Largest city Conway
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

664 sq mi (1,720 km²)
648 sq mi (1,678 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 2.4%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

123,498
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.faulknercounty.org

Faulkner County is located in the Central Arkansas region of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 123,498, making it the fifth most populous of Arkansas's 75 counties.[1] The county seat and largest city is Conway.[2] Faulkner County was created on April 12, 1873, one of nine counties formed during Reconstruction, and is named for Sandford C. Faulkner, better known as Sandy Faulkner, a popular figure in the state at the time.

Located at the intersection of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley, the county was sparsely populated for much of its early years. Largely a county of rural settlements, growth came slowly following the Civil War and Reconstruction. The college known today as University of Central Arkansas was established in 1907, but population continued to grow slowly. The growth of Little Rock and the construction of Interstate 40 have made Conway and other parts of Faulkner County into bedroom communities for the state capitol. Today Faulkner County is included in the Central Arkansas metro area, with Conway as a principal city.

History[]

Eponym[]

Faulkner County was formed from parts of Conway and Pulaski counties on April 12, 1873, and is named after Sandford C. Faulkner, a planter, raconteur, and fiddle player known for his popular mid-19th century folk song "Arkansas Traveler", the official historic song of the U.S. state of Arkansas since 1987.[3]

Geography[]

Lake Conway

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 664 square miles (1,720 km2), of which 648 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.4%) is water.[4]

Major highways[]

  • I-40 (AR).svg Interstate 40
  • US 64.svg U.S. Highway 64
  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • Arkansas 25.svg Highway 25
  • Arkansas 60.svg Highway 60
  • Arkansas 89.svg Highway 89
  • Arkansas 107.svg Highway 107

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 12,786
1890 18,342 43.5%
1900 20,780 13.3%
1910 23,708 14.1%
1920 27,681 16.8%
1930 28,381 2.5%
1940 25,880 −8.8%
1950 25,289 −2.3%
1960 24,303 −3.9%
1970 31,572 29.9%
1980 46,192 46.3%
1990 60,006 29.9%
2000 86,014 43.3%
2010 113,237 31.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2020[1]

Age pyramid Faulkner County[9]

2020 census[]

Faulkner County racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 92,573 74.96%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 14,274 11.56%
Native American 562 0.46%
Asian 1,461 1.18%
Pacific Islander 61 0.05%
Other/Mixed 7,777 6.3%
Hispanic or Latino 6,790 5.5%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 123,498 people, 47,389 households, and 31,590 families residing in the county.

2000 census[]

As of the 2000 United States Census,[11] there were 86,014 people, 31,882 households, and 22,444 families residing in the county. The population density was 133 people per square mile (51/km2). There were 34,546 housing units at an average density of 53 per square mile (21/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.33% White, 8.48% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 31,882 households, out of which 35.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 22.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.60% under the age of 18, 15.30% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 19.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,204, and the median income for a family was $45,946. Males had a median income of $32,288 versus $24,428 for females. The per capita income for the county was $35,159.[12] About 7.90% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 12.00% of those age 65 or over.


Government[]

Over the past few election cycles Faulkner county has trended heavily towards the GOP. The last democrat (as of 2020) to carry this county was Bill Clinton in 1996.

United States presidential election results for Faulkner County, Arkansas[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 34,421 63.24% 18,347 33.71% 1,660 3.05%
2016 29,346 61.75% 14,629 30.78% 3,552 7.47%
2012 26,722 64.45% 13,621 32.85% 1,117 2.69%
2008 25,362 61.59% 14,955 36.32% 862 2.09%
2004 21,514 58.64% 14,538 39.63% 634 1.73%
2000 16,055 54.95% 11,950 40.90% 1,211 4.14%
1996 10,178 42.19% 12,032 49.88% 1,913 7.93%
1992 9,491 37.64% 13,000 51.56% 2,724 10.80%
1988 10,678 58.42% 7,302 39.95% 299 1.64%
1984 11,595 60.89% 7,169 37.65% 279 1.47%
1980 7,544 44.19% 8,528 49.95% 1,001 5.86%
1976 3,904 25.44% 11,423 74.45% 16 0.10%
1972 6,746 59.44% 4,604 40.56% 0 0.00%
1968 2,791 25.55% 3,756 34.39% 4,375 40.06%
1964 3,259 34.61% 6,116 64.95% 42 0.45%
1960 2,426 36.71% 3,820 57.80% 363 5.49%
1956 2,399 40.94% 3,428 58.50% 33 0.56%
1952 1,995 36.47% 3,461 63.27% 14 0.26%
1948 626 17.40% 2,653 73.76% 318 8.84%
1944 897 27.69% 2,332 72.00% 10 0.31%
1940 519 16.93% 2,535 82.68% 12 0.39%
1936 511 16.79% 2,521 82.82% 12 0.39%
1932 437 13.48% 2,749 84.77% 57 1.76%
1928 992 27.07% 2,659 72.57% 13 0.35%
1924 536 25.14% 1,436 67.35% 160 7.50%
1920 1,148 35.31% 1,971 60.63% 132 4.06%
1916 817 28.69% 2,031 71.31% 0 0.00%
1912 402 20.20% 1,316 66.13% 272 13.67%
1908 740 28.00% 1,771 67.01% 132 4.99%
1904 764 40.06% 1,073 56.27% 70 3.67%
1900 682 35.69% 1,191 62.32% 38 1.99%
1896 556 21.27% 2,044 78.19% 14 0.54%
1892 1,200 39.74% 1,499 49.64% 321 10.63%



Education[]

Public education[]

Publicly funded education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by:

  • Conway School District, which includes Conway High School, Conway
  • Greenbrier School District, which includes Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier
  • Guy–Perkins School District, which includes Guy–Perkins High School, Guy
  • Mayflower School District, which includes Mayflower High School, Mayflower
  • Mount Vernon–Enola School District, which includes Mount Vernon–Enola High School, Mount Vernon
  • Vilonia School District, which includes Vilonia High School, Vilonia

Private education[]

Privately funded education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by:

  • St. Joseph High School, Conway
  • Conway Christian School (Conway, Arkansas)

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Conway
  • Greenbrier
  • Guy
  • Holland
  • Mayflower
  • Quitman (mostly in Cleburne County)
  • Vilonia

Towns[]

  • Damascus (partly in Van Buren County)
  • Enola
  • Mount Vernon
  • Twin Groves
  • Wooster

Townships[]

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


[14][15]

  • Beaverfork
  • Benedict (contains part of Conway)
  • Benton (contains part of Quitman)
  • Bristol
  • Cadron (contains most of Conway and part of Mayflower)
  • California (contains most of Guy, part of Twin Groves)
  • Clifton (contains Wooster)
  • Cypress (contains most of Vilonia)
  • Danley (contains most of Mayflower)
  • Eagle (contains part of Holland and Vilonia)
  • East Fork
  • Enola (contains most of Enola)
  • Hardin (contains Greenbrier and part of Holland)
  • Harve (contains most of Holland, part of Enola)
  • Liberty
  • Matthews
  • Mountain
  • Mount Vernon (contains Mount Vernon)
  • Newton
  • Palarm (contains part of Vilonia)
  • Pine Mountain (contains part of Conway and Mayflower)
  • Union (contains part of Twin Groves)
  • Walker (contains most of Twin Groves, part of Damascus and Guy)
  • Wilson

Source:[16]

See also[]

  • Faulconer County
  • List of lakes in Faulkner County, Arkansas
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Faulkner County, Arkansas
  • David J. Sanders, state senator who represents part of Faulkner County
  • David Meeks and Stephen Meeks, Republican brothers from Faulkner County who represent Districts 70 and 67, respectively in the Arkansas House of Representatives

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/05/05043.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 124. https://books.google.com/books?id=9V1IAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA124. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/counties_list_05.txt. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ar190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  9. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?g=0500000US05045&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  12. ^ "Local Area Personal Incomes". Bureau of Economic Analysis. https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/lapi/lapi_newsrelease.htm. 
  13. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/. 
  14. ^ U. S. Census Bureau. 2011 Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS): Faulkner County, AR (Map). http://www2.census.gov/geo/pvs/bas/bas11/st05_ar/cou/c05045_faulkner/BAS11C20504500000_000.pdf. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas: 2010 Census Block Maps - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/block/2010/cousub/dc10blk_st05_cousub.html#F. 
  16. ^ "Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, CPH-1-5, Arkansas". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/cph-1-5.pdf. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 35°09′36″N 92°18′49″W / 35.16, -92.31361


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