Desha County

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Desha County, Arkansas

PO Box 188
Arkansas City, AR 71630
Phone: (870) 877-2426
Fax: (870) 877-2531

On southeastern border of AR, southeast of Pine Bluff; organized Dec 12, 1838 from Arkansas County. Name Origin: For Capt. Benjamin Desha (?-1835), officer in the War of 1812

Area (sq mi):: 819.52 (land 764.99; water 54.53) Population per square mile: 18.80
Population 2005: 14,358 State rank: 53 Population change: 2000-20005 -6.40%; 1990-2000 -8.70% Population 2000: 15,341 (White 49.60%; Black or African American 46.30%; Hispanic or Latino 3.20%; Asian 0.30%; Other 2.90%). Foreign born: 2.10%. Median age: 35.50
Income 2000: per capita $13,446; median household $24,121; Population below poverty level: 28.90% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,542-$21,078
Unemployment (2004): 9.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): -1.70% Median travel time to work: 18.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 19.60%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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