List of counties in Arkansas

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There are 75 counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas.[1] Arkansas is tied with Mississippi[citation needed] for the most counties with two county seats, at ten.


Counties[edit]

County
FIPS code
County seat
[1]
Established
[1]
Origin
Etymology
Population
[1]
Area
[1]
Map
Arkansas County001De Witt and
Stuttgart
18131st County (Eastern Arkansas)A variant pronunciation of the Quapaw Native American people19,019988 sq mi
(2,559 km2)
State map highlighting Arkansas County
Ashley County003Hamburg1848Chicot, Drew and Union countiesChester Ashley (1791–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas21,853921 sq mi
(2,385 km2)
State map highlighting Ashley County
Baxter County005Mountain Home1873Fulton, Izard, Marion, and Searcy countiesElisha Baxter (1827–1899), a Governor of Arkansas41,513554 sq mi
(1,435 km2)
State map highlighting Baxter County
Benton County007Bentonville1836Washington CountyThomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), a U.S. Senator from Missouri221,339843 sq mi
(2,183 km2)
State map highlighting Benton County
Boone County009Harrison1869Carroll and Marion countiesDaniel Boone (1734–1820), the American frontiersman36,903591 sq mi
(1,531 km2)
State map highlighting Boone County
Bradley County011Warren1840Union CountyHugh Bradley, a soldier in the War of 1812 and early area settler11,508651 sq mi
(1,686 km2)
State map highlighting Bradley County
Calhoun County013Hampton1850Dallas and Ouachita countiesJohn C. Calhoun (1782–1850), 7th Vice President of the United States and a Senator from South Carolina5,368628 sq mi
(1,627 km2)
State map highlighting Calhoun County
Carroll County015Berryville and
Eureka Springs
1833Izard County and later by Madison County (1870)Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence27,446634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Chicot County017Lake Village1823Arkansas CountyPoint Chicot on the Mississippi River11,800644 sq mi
(1,668 km2)
State map highlighting Chicot County
Clark County019Arkadelphia1818Arkansas (1818)William Clark (1770–1838), explorer and Governor of the Missouri Territory22,995866 sq mi
(2,243 km2)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County021Piggott and
Corning
1873Randolph and Greene counties, and originally named Clayton before 1875John Clayton, a State Senator; later shortened to Clay
to avoid misassociation with Powell Clayton
16,083639 sq mi
(1,655 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cleburne County023Heber Springs1883White, Van Buren, and Independence countiesPatrick Cleburne (1828–1864), a Confederate General in the Civil War25,970553 sq mi
(1,432 km2)
State map highlighting Cleburne County
Cleveland County025Rison1873Bradley, Dallas, Jefferson counties, and formerly named Dorsey County (from 1885)Grover Cleveland (1837–1908), 22nd and 24th President of the United States
(formerly Stephen Dorsey, U.S. Senator from Arkansas)
8,689598 sq mi
(1,549 km2)
State map highlighting Cleveland County
Columbia County027Magnolia1852Formed from Lafayette, Hempstead, and Ouachita countiesColumbia, a female personification of the United States24,552766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Columbia County
Conway County029Morrilton1825Pulaski CountyHenry Wharton Conway (1793–1827), territorial delegate to the United States House of Representatives21,273556 sq mi
(1,440 km2)
State map highlighting Conway County
Craighead County031Jonesboro and
Lake City
1859Mississippi, Greene, Poinsett countiesThomas Craighead (1798–1862), a State Senator who ironically opposed the creation of the county96,443711 sq mi
(1,841 km2)
State map highlighting Craighead County
Crawford County033Van Buren1820Pulaski CountyWilliam H. Crawford (1772–1834), a politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War61,948596 sq mi
(1,544 km2)
State map highlighting Crawford County
Crittenden County035Marion1825Phillips CountyRobert Crittenden (1797–1834), Governor of the Arkansas Territory50,902610 sq mi
(1,580 km2)
State map highlighting Crittenden County
Cross County037Wynne1862St. Francis, Poinsett, and Crittenden countiesDavid C. Cross, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War and local politician17,870616 sq mi
(1,595 km2)
State map highlighting Cross County
Dallas County039Fordyce1845Clark and Bradley countiesGeorge M. Dallas (1792–1864), 11th Vice President of the United States8,116668 sq mi
(1,730 km2)
State map highlighting Dallas County
Desha County041Arkansas City1838Arkansas, Union counties, then from Chicot County (prior to 1880), and Lincoln (prior 1930)Benjamin Desha, a soldier in the War of 181213,008765 sq mi
(1,981 km2)
State map highlighting Desha County
Drew County043Monticello1846Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Union countiesThomas Stevenson Drew (1802–1879), 3rd Governor of Arkansas18,509828 sq mi
(2,145 km2)
State map highlighting Drew County
Faulkner County045Conway1873Pulaski and Conway countiesSanford Faulkner (1806–1874), a Confederate soldier and the composer of the song "The Arkansas Traveler"113,237647 sq mi
(1,676 km2)
State map highlighting Faulkner County
Franklin County047Ozark and
Charleston
1837Crawford and Johnson countiesBenjamin Franklin (1706–1790), founding father of the United States18,125610 sq mi
(1,580 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Fulton County049Salem1842Izard County and then later from Lawrence County (prior 1850)William Savin Fulton (1795–1844), the last Governor of the Arkansas Territory prior to statehood12,245618 sq mi
(1,601 km2)
State map highlighting Fulton County
Garland County051Hot Springs1873Montgomery, Hot Spring, and Saline countiesAugustus Hill Garland (1832–1899), U.S. Senator and 11th Governor of Arkansas96,024678 sq mi
(1,756 km2)
State map highlighting Garland County
Grant County053Sheridan1869Jefferson, Hot Spring, Saline countiesUlysses Simpson Grant (1822–1885), 18th President of the United States17,853632 sq mi
(1,637 km2)
State map highlighting Grant County
Greene County055Paragould1833Lawrence County and later on by RandolphNathanael Greene (1742–1786), the Revolutionary War General42,090578 sq mi
(1,497 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Hempstead County057Hope1818Arkansas (1818)Edward Hempstead (1780–1817), Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from the Missouri Territory22,609729 sq mi
(1,888 km2)
State map highlighting Hempstead County
Hot Spring County059Malvern1829Clark County and later from Montgomery County (prior 1880)Naturally occurring hot springs within the county32,923615 sq mi
(1,593 km2)
State map highlighting Hot Spring County
Howard County061Nashville1873Pike, Hempstead, Polk, Sevier counties.James H. Howard, an Arkansas State Senator13,789588 sq mi
(1,523 km2)
State map highlighting Howard County
Independence County063Batesville1820Lawrence County (1820)The Declaration of Independence36,647764 sq mi
(1,979 km2)
State map highlighting Independence County
Izard County065Melbourne1825Independence, Crawford counties, and later from Fulton (prior 1880)George Izard (1776–1828), Governor of the Missouri Territory and a General during the War of 181213,696581 sq mi
(1,505 km2)
State map highlighting Izard County
Jackson County067Newport1829Lawrence and St. Francis countiesAndrew Jackson (1767–1845), 7th President of the United States17,997634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County069Pine Bluff1829Arkansas and PulaskiThomas Jefferson (1743–1826), 3rd President of the United States77,435885 sq mi
(2,292 km2)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County071Clarksville1833Pope County, and a small portion from Madison County (prior 1890)Benjamin Johnson (1784–1849), the first judge of the federal district court for Arkansas25,540662 sq mi
(1,715 km2)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Lafayette County073Lewisville1827Hempstead County and later from Columbia County (prior 1910)The Marquis de la Fayette (1757–1834), a Frenchman who served as a General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War7,645526 sq mi
(1,362 km2)
State map highlighting Lafayette County
Lawrence County075Walnut Ridge1815Arkansas and New Madrid (MO) in 1815James Lawrence (1781–1813), an American naval officer during the War of 181217,415587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lee County077Marianna1873Phillips, Monroe, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties.Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a confederate General during the Civil War10,424602 sq mi
(1,559 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Lincoln County079Star City1871Arkansas, Bradley, Desha, Drew, and Jefferson countiesAbraham Lincoln (1809–1865), 16th President of the United States14,134561 sq mi
(1,453 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Little River County081Ashdown1867Sevier CountyLittle River, a tributary of the Red River13,171532 sq mi
(1,378 km2)
State map highlighting Little River County
Logan County083Booneville and
Paris
1871Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Scott, and Yell counties (Formally named Sarber County)James Logan (1791–1859), an early settler of western Arkansas22,353710 sq mi
(1,839 km2)
State map highlighting Logan County
Lonoke County085Lonoke1873Prairie and Pulaski countiesAn oak tree that stood on the site of the current county seat68,356766 sq mi
(1,984 km2)
State map highlighting Lonoke County
Madison County087Huntsville1836Washington CountyJames Madison (1751–1836), 4th President of the United States15,717837 sq mi
(2,168 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County089Yellville1835Izard CountyFrancis Marion (1732–1795), an American general during the Revolutionary War16,653598 sq mi
(1,549 km2)
State map highlighting Marion County
Miller County091Texarkana1874Lafayette CountyFormer Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38), which was named for
James Miller (1776–1851), first Governor of the Arkansas Territory
43,462624 sq mi
(1,616 km2)
State map highlighting Miller County
Mississippi County093Blytheville and
Osceola
1833[2]Crittendenthe Mississippi River46,480920 sq mi
(2,383 km2)
State map highlighting Mississippi County
Monroe County095Clarendon1829[3]Phillips and Arkansas countiesJames Monroe (1758–1831), 5th President of the United States8,149607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County097Mount Ida1842Hot SpringRichard Montgomery (1738–1775), an American general during the Revolutionary War9,487781 sq mi
(2,023 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Nevada County099Prescott1871Columbia, Hempstead, Ouachita countiesthe state of Nevada8,997620 sq mi
(1,606 km2)
State map highlighting Nevada County
Newton County101Jasper1842CarrollThomas W. Newton (1804–1853), a State Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas8,330823 sq mi
(2,132 km2)
State map highlighting Newton County
Ouachita County103Camden1842Unionthe Ouachita River26,120732 sq mi
(1,896 km2)
State map highlighting Ouachita County
Perry County105Perryville1840Conway CountyOliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer in the War of 181210,445551 sq mi
(1,427 km2)
State map highlighting Perry County
Phillips County107Helena1820Arkansas and Lawrence CountySylvanus Phillips, a member of the territorial legislature21,757693 sq mi
(1,795 km2)
State map highlighting Phillips County
Pike County109Murfreesboro1833Clark and Hempstead countiesZebulon Pike (1779–1813), the explorer and discoverer of Pikes Peak11,291603 sq mi
(1,562 km2)
State map highlighting Pike County
Poinsett County111Harrisburg1838Greene, Lawrence countiesJoel Roberts Poinsett (1779–1851), a United States Secretary of War and namesake of the poinsettia24,583758 sq mi
(1,963 km2)
State map highlighting Poinsett County
Polk County113Mena1844SevierJames Knox Polk (1795–1849), the eleventh president of the United States20,662860 sq mi
(2,227 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Pope County115Russellville1829Crawford CountyJohn Pope (1770-1845), a governor of the Arkansas Territory61,754812 sq mi
(2,103 km2)
State map highlighting Pope County
Prairie County117Des Arc and
DeValls Bluff
1846Arkansas and Pulaski countiesGrand Prairie of eastern Arkansas8,715646 sq mi
(1,673 km2)
State map highlighting Prairie County
Pulaski County119Little Rock1818Arkansas and Lawrence counties (1818)Kazimierz Pulaski (1745–1779), the Polish general in the American Revolutionary War382,748771 sq mi
(1,997 km2)
State map highlighting Pulaski County
Randolph County121Pocahontas1835Lawrence CountyJohn Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), a U.S. congressman from Virginia17,969652 sq mi
(1,689 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County
St. Francis County123Forrest City1827Formed from Phillips CountyThe St. Francis River, a tributary of the Mississippi River28,258634 sq mi
(1,642 km2)
State map highlighting St. Francis County
Saline County125Benton1835Independence and PulaskiSalt reserves found within its borders107,118725 sq mi
(1,878 km2)
State map highlighting Saline County
Scott County127Waldron1833Crawford and Pope countiesAndrew Scott (1789–1841), a territorial judge11,233894 sq mi
(2,315 km2)
State map highlighting Scott County
Searcy County129Marshall1838Marion CountyRichard Searcy, a judge from Lawrence County8,195667 sq mi
(1,728 km2)
State map highlighting Searcy County
Sebastian County131Greenwood and
Fort Smith
1851Crawford and ScottWilliam K. Sebastian (1812–1865), a U.S. Circuit Court judge from Arkansas125,744536 sq mi
(1,388 km2)
State map highlighting Sebastian County
Sevier County133De Queen1828Hempstead CountyAmbrose Sevier (1801–1848), a U.S. Senator from Arkansas17,058564 sq mi
(1,461 km2)
State map highlighting Sevier County
Sharp County135Ash Flat1868Lawrence CountyEphraim Sharp, an early settler of Arkansas17,264604 sq mi
(1,564 km2)
State map highlighting Sharp County
Stone County137Mountain View1873Izard, Independence, Searcy, Van BurenRugged, rocky area terrain12,394607 sq mi
(1,572 km2)
State map highlighting Stone County
Union County139El Dorado1829Clark and Hempstead countiesThe concept of the union of the states41,6391,039 sq mi
(2,691 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County141Clinton1833Conway, Izard, and IndependenceMartin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth president of the United States17,295712 sq mi
(1,844 km2)
State map highlighting Van Buren County
Washington County143Fayetteville1828Lovely CountyGeorge Washington (1732–1799), first president of the United States203,065950 sq mi
(2,460 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
White County145Searcy1835Independence, Jackson and Pulaski countiesHugh L. White (1773–1840), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and U.S. presidential candidate in 1836 for the Whig Party77,0761,034 sq mi
(2,678 km2)
State map highlighting White County
Woodruff County147Augusta1862Jackson and St. Francis countiesWilliam Woodruff (1795–1885), the first newspaper publisher in Arkansas7,260587 sq mi
(1,520 km2)
State map highlighting Woodruff County
Yell County149Danville and Dardanelle1840Hot Spring, Pope, and Scott CountyArchibald Yell (1797–1847), the second governor of Arkansas22,185928 sq mi
(2,404 km2)
State map highlighting Yell County

Former counties in Arkansas[edit]

Loveley County (1827–1828)[edit]

Created on October 13, 1827, partitioned from Crawford County. The Treaty of Washington, 1828 ceded most of its territory to Indian Territory. Abolished October 17, 1828 with the remaining portion becoming Washington County.[4]

Miller County, Arkansas Territory (1820-38)[edit]

Created from Hempstead County. Most of its northern portion was actually in Choctaw Nation (now part of Oklahoma); rest of northern portion was dissolved into Sevier County in 1828. All of its southern portion was actually in Texas, and was nominally dissolved into Lafayette County in 1838.

Fictional counties in Arkansas[edit]

Bogan County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas as portrayed in the movie White Lightning and in the movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow.

Deeson County[edit]

A fictional county in southwest Arkansas near the intersection of Highway 71 and Interstate 82 as portrayed in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Green River County[edit]

A fictional county in Arkansas portrayed in the series Supernatural. Sam and Dean are arrested in Little Rock (which is actually located in Pulaski County), but they are sent to Green River County Detention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Find A County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ Mississippi County, Arkansas county government. "Mississippi County History". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, ed. (1904). The Province and the States: A History of the Province of Louisiana Under France and Spain, and of the Territories and States of the United States Formed Therefrom VII. Madison, WI: The Western Historical Association. p. 107. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
  4. ^ McConaughy, James. "Lovely County, Arkansas". Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society (WCAGS). Retrieved 2012-05-08. 

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