Drew County, Arkansas

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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 U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded November 26, 1846
Named for Thomas Drew
Seat Monticello
Largest city Monticello
Area
 • Total 836 sq mi (2,165 km2)
 • Land 828 sq mi (2,145 km2)
 • Water 7.3 sq mi (19 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2016) 18,651
 • Density 22/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/ -5
Website drewcounty.arkansas.gov

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.

Geography

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

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
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. 2016 18,651 [5] 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790–1960 [7] 1900–1990 [8]
1990–2000 [9] 2010–2016 [1]
Age pyramid Drew County [10]

As of the 2000 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.

Government

Drew County vote
by party in presidential elections [12]
Year GOP DNC Others
2016 60.17% 3,968 35.86% 2,365 3.98% 262
2012 58.60% 3,887 39.65% 2,630 1.75% 116
2008 58.40% 3,860 39.30% 2,598 2.30% 152
2004 52.20% 3,262 47.24% 2,952 0.56% 35
2000 46.54% 2,756 51.67% 3,060 1.79% 106
1996 29.20% 1,657 62.91% 3,570 7.89% 448
1992 30.77% 1,938 59.51% 3,748 9.71% 612
1988 53.29% 2,995 45.87% 2,578 0.84% 47
1984 56.10% 3,407 43.44% 2,638 0.46% 28
1980 36.74% 2,272 60.75% 3,757 2.50% 155
1976 31.57% 1,730 68.43% 3,750
1972 74.06% 3,334 25.94% 1,168 0.00% 0
1968 22.27% 1,040 28.35% 1,324 49.39% 2,307
1964 51.18% 2,109 48.05% 1,980 0.78% 32
1960 26.36% 889 62.49% 2,107 11.15% 376
1956 35.28% 1,265 62.30% 2,234 2.43% 87
1952 31.46% 1,040 68.39% 2,261 0.15% 5
1948 8.98% 182 59.40% 1,204 31.62% 641
1944 18.92% 320 81.02% 1,370 0.06% 1
1940 10.06% 152 87.95% 1,329 1.99% 30
1936 5.38% 70 94.47% 1,229 0.15% 2
1932 10.06% 198 89.39% 1,760 0.56% 11
1928 25.56% 500 74.23% 1,452 0.20% 4
1924 35.12% 563 63.51% 1,018 1.37% 22
1920 35.17% 773 63.56% 1,397 1.27% 28
1916 34.00% 838 66.00% 1,627 0.00% 0
1912 26.45% 424 55.02% 882 18.53% 297
1908 36.54% 679 60.44% 1,123 3.01% 56
1904 37.44% 593 60.16% 953 2.40% 38
1900 33.77% 569 65.22% 1,099 1.01% 17
1896 25.46% 603 74.07% 1,754 0.46% 11

Communities

Cities

Towns

Townships

Townships in Drew County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "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 and publications. The townships of Drew County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township. [13] [14]

Source: [15]


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