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Pulaski County, Arkansas
Pulaski county arkansas courthouse.jpg
Pulaski County Courthouse, in downtown Little Rock.
Map of Arkansas highlighting Pulaski County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1818
Seat Little Rock
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

807.84 sq mi (2,092 km²)
770.82 sq mi (1,996 km²)
37.02 sq mi (96 km²), 4.58%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

399,125
497/sq mi (191.76/km²)
Website www.co.pulaski.ar.us

Pulaski County is the largest county by population in the U.S. state of Arkansas with a population of 399,125 at the 2020 United States Census. Its county seat is Little Rock,[1] which is also Arkansas's capital and largest city. Pulaski County forms the core of the Little Rock–North Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area which had 699,757 people in the 2010 census.

Pulaski County is Arkansas's fifth county, formed on December 15, 1818, alongside Clark and Hempstead counties. The county is named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who saved George Washington's life during the American Revolutionary War.

Geography[]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 807.84 square miles (2,092.3 km2), of which 770.82 square miles (1,996.4 km2) (or 95.42%) is land and 37.02 square miles (95.9 km2) (or 4.58%) is water.[2]

Major highways[]

  • I-30 (AR).svg Interstate 30
    • I-430 (AR).svg Interstate 430
    • I-530 (AR).svg Interstate 530
    • I-630 (AR).svg Interstate 630
  • I-40 (AR).svg Interstate 40
    • I-440 (AR).svg Interstate 440
  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 70.svg U.S. Highway 70
  • US 165.svg U.S. Highway 165
  • US 167.svg U.S. Highway 167
  • Arkansas 5.svg Highway 5
  • Arkansas 10.svg Highway 10
  • Arkansas 100.svg Highway 100
  • Arkansas 161.svg Highway 161
  • Arkansas 300.svg Highway 300
  • Arkansas 338.svg Highway 338
  • Arkansas 365.svg Highway 365
  • Arkansas 367.svg Highway 367

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

History[]

An 1863 American Civil War battle, the Battle of Bayou Fourche, occurred in Pulaski County. Pulaski County is also home to Willow Springs Water Park, which is one of the oldest waterparks in the nation, opening in 1928.

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 2,395
1840 5,350 123.4%
1850 5,657 5.7%
1860 11,699 106.8%
1870 32,066 174.1%
1880 32,616 1.7%
1890 47,329 45.1%
1900 63,179 33.5%
1910 86,751 37.3%
1920 109,464 26.2%
1930 137,727 25.8%
1940 156,085 13.3%
1950 196,685 26.0%
1960 242,980 23.5%
1970 287,189 18.2%
1980 340,613 18.6%
1990 349,660 2.7%
2000 361,474 3.4%
2010 382,748 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

Age pyramid Pulaski County[4]

Evening at the original portion of the Pulaski County Courthouse, in downtown Little Rock.

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 361,474 people, 147,942 households, and 95,718 families residing in the county. The population density was 469 people per square mile (181/km²). There were 161,135 housing units at an average density of 209 per square mile (81/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.96% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 1.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. 2.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 147,942 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.90% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.30% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,120, and the median income for a family was $46,523. Males had a median income of $33,131 versus $25,943 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,466. About 10.40% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.90% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[]

  • The Pulaski County Special School District is the county's public school district for 729 square miles (1,890 km2) surrounding Little Rock and North Little Rock, which maintain independent districts. Also the Little Rock School District and North Little Rock School District.
  • Pulaski Technical College is a two-year community college and technical school that offers seven locations throughout the county, including a flagship campus in western North Little Rock.
  • Four-year postsecondary institutions include the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas System's only metropolitan campus, the United Methodist Church-affiliated Philander Smith College, Arkansas Baptist College, and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences — all located in Little Rock.

Government and infrastructure[]

The Arkansas Department of Correction Wrightsville Unit is in Wrightsville.[6]

Politics[]

Pulaski County is one of the most Democratic counties in Arkansas and the Southern United States. The city of North Little Rock was ranked the most liberal community in the state.[7] In the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War, Republicans carried the county in every presidential election from 1868 to 1888. Since then, Republicans have only won the county four times: 1956, 1972, 1984, and 1988, all national Republican landslides.

Pulaski County has followed in the footsteps of most urban counties across the country, especially in the era of Barack Obama's presidency and post-presidency that has seen urban areas turn bluer and rural areas, such as virtually all of Arkansas, get even redder and more conservative. Donald Trump, the two-time winner of the state with over 60% of the vote, only garnered about 38% in this county, among his worst performances in a state that has strongly turned against the Democrats in the 21st century. Joe Biden's 59.9% share in 2020 is the highest for a Democrat in the county since 1976, besting even native son Bill Clinton in both 1992 and 1996.

United States presidential election results for Pulaski County, Arkansas[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 63,687 37.47% 101,947 59.98% 4,322 2.54%
2016 61,257 38.34% 89,574 56.06% 8,945 5.60%
2012 68,984 43.28% 87,248 54.74% 3,149 1.98%
2008 70,212 43.52% 88,854 55.07% 2,277 1.41%
2004 67,903 44.20% 84,532 55.03% 1,185 0.77%
2000 55,866 43.94% 68,320 53.73% 2,965 2.33%
1996 44,780 35.06% 75,084 58.78% 7,869 6.16%
1992 47,789 34.89% 79,482 58.03% 9,686 7.07%
1988 70,562 54.98% 55,857 43.53% 1,914 1.49%
1984 77,651 58.20% 54,237 40.65% 1,530 1.15%
1980 52,125 46.15% 54,839 48.56% 5,973 5.29%
1976 37,690 37.14% 63,541 62.62% 244 0.24%
1972 57,576 62.95% 33,611 36.75% 281 0.31%
1968 26,709 33.32% 27,597 34.43% 25,844 32.24%
1964 38,312 48.32% 40,535 51.12% 442 0.56%
1960 22,146 39.70% 26,034 46.67% 7,608 13.64%
1956 25,702 51.10% 23,372 46.46% 1,227 2.44%
1952 23,460 48.59% 24,448 50.63% 378 0.78%
1948 5,910 23.99% 13,120 53.25% 5,609 22.76%
1944 6,069 26.87% 16,470 72.91% 50 0.22%
1940 2,955 17.15% 14,219 82.52% 56 0.33%
1936 1,320 10.29% 11,482 89.49% 28 0.22%
1932 2,281 13.87% 14,049 85.46% 110 0.67%
1928 4,880 34.55% 9,215 65.24% 29 0.21%
1924 2,729 28.36% 5,706 59.30% 1,187 12.34%
1920 3,711 35.80% 6,506 62.76% 150 1.45%
1916 2,593 30.15% 6,008 69.85% 0 0.00%
1912 1,044 16.76% 3,369 54.09% 1,815 29.14%
1908 3,533 45.68% 3,893 50.33% 309 3.99%
1904 2,450 42.44% 3,099 53.68% 224 3.88%
1900 1,932 41.85% 2,609 56.52% 75 1.62%
1896 1,754 35.84% 3,021 61.73% 119 2.43%
1892 2,492 39.07% 3,392 53.18% 494 7.75%



Localities[]

Cities[]

Town[]

  • Alexander

Census-designated places[]

  • College Station
  • Gibson
  • Gravel Ridge
  • Sweet Home
  • Woodson

Other places[]

  • Ironton
  • Natural Steps

Townships[]

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. Pulaski County only has two townships, as of 2010. They are listed below.[9][10]

Township FIPS Population
centers
Population Population
density
(/mi²)
Population
density
(/km²)
Land area
(mi²)
Land area
(km²)
Water area
(mi²)
Water area
(km²)
Geographic coordinates
Big Rock 511990300 Alexander, Cammack Village, Little Rock, Wrightsville 209,351 510.9 197.3 409.8 1,061 24.33 63.01 35°24′10″N 93°14′06″W / 35.40278, -93.235
Hill 511991731 Jacksonville, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Sherwood 152,123 421.4 162.7 361.0 935.0 12.69 32.87 34°47′15″N 92°12′16″W / 34.7875, -92.20444
Source: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html. 

See also[]

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


References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 34°44′32″N 92°17′09″W / 34.74222, -92.28583


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