Poinsett County, Arkansas

Poinsett County, Arkansas

Infobox U.S. County
county = Poinsett County
state = Arkansas

map size = 225
founded = February 28, 1838
seat = Harrisburg | area_total_sq_mi =763
area_land_sq_mi =758
area_water_sq_mi =6
area percentage = 0.74%
census yr = 2000
pop = 25614
density_km2 =13
web =

Poinsett County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2000, the population was 25,614. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county seat is Harrisburg.GR|6 The county was formed on February 28, 1838 and named for Joel R. Poinsett, U.S. Secretary of War.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 763 square miles (1,977 km²), of which, 758 square miles (1,963 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km²) of it (0.74%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

*Craighead County (north)
*Mississippi County (east)
*Crittenden County (southeast)
*Cross County (south)
*Jackson County (west)


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 25,614 people, 10,026 households, and 7,228 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 11,051 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.98% White, 7.13% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,026 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,558, and the median income for a family was $32,257. Males had a median income of $26,633 versus $19,199 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,087. About 17.60% of families and 21.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.60% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of those age 65 or over.

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