- Phillips County, Arkansas
Infobox U.S. County
county = Phillips County
state = Arkansas
map size = 225
founded = May 1, 1820
seat = Helena-West Helena | area_total_sq_mi =727
area percentage = 4.76%
census yr = 2000
pop = 26445
Phillips County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Arkansas. As of 2000, the population was 26,445. The county seatis Helena-West Helena.GR|6 Phillips County is Arkansas's seventh county, formed on May 1, 1820and named for Sylvanus Phillips, the area's first-known white settler and representative to the first Territorial Legislature of the Arkansas Territory.
The Helena-West Helena
Micropolitan Statistical Areaincludes all of Phillips County.
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 727 square miles (1,884 km²), of which, 693 square miles (1,794 km²) of it is land and 35 square miles (90 km²) of it (4.76%) is water.
*Lee County (north)
*Desha County (south)
*Arkansas County (southwest)
*Monroe County (northwest)
St. Francis National Forest(part)
White River National Wildlife Refuge(part)
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 26,445 people, 9,711 households, and 6,768 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 10,859 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.04% Black or African American, 39.25% White, 0.43% from other races, 0.32% Asian, 0.17% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, and 0.78% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,711 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.30% were married couples living together, 25.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.30% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the county the population was spread out with 32.20% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 23.20% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 84.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,231, and the median income for a family was $26,570. Males had a median income of $24,675 versus $17,520 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $12,288. About 28.70% of families and 32.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.50% of those under age 18 and 26.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
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