Mountain Home, Arkansas

Mountain Home, Arkansas
Mountain Home, Arkansas
—  City  —
Baxter County Courthouse
Location in Baxter County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611°N 92.38222°W / 36.33611; -92.38222Coordinates: 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611°N 92.38222°W / 36.33611; -92.38222
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Baxter
 – City 10.6 sq mi (27.5 km2)
 – Land 10.6 sq mi (27.5 km2)
 – Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 817 ft (249 m)
Population (2010)
 – City 12,448
 – Density 1,187.9/sq mi (457.9/km2)
 – Metro 41,307 Table of United States primary census statistical areas
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72653-72654
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-47390
GNIS feature ID 0077766

Mountain Home is a city in and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States,[1] in the southern Ozark Mountains.

It was recently listed in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for sportsmen in the current edition of Outdoor Life magazine, was recently ranked #2 for Field and Stream's Best Fishing Towns in America and today it is primarily known as a retirement and resort destination. Big Creek Golf Course has consistently earned 5 star ratings in Golf Digest magazine and ranked in the top 10 places to play. It has also been rated the number 1 public course in Arkansas for four years in a row.



Mountain Home was incorporated in 1888. The city sprang up around the Male and Female Academy which Professor J.S. Howard founded during the 1850s. The community's first name was "Rapp’s Barren".

Local information

The population was 12,448 according to the 2010 census. Mountain Home has experienced high population growth rates from real estate appraisal in the past decade.

Air service is available to residents, though limited, through the Ozark Regional Airport (BPK).

A local radio station KCMH 91.5 FM and KMHA 540 on the AM radio dial broadcasts from Mountain Home. Both are owned by Mountain Home, Inc. a local media company has a Christian talk and local news programming format. Other stations include SAM 94.3 and KMAC 99.7 both playing modern hits and songs of the 70's and 80's.[citation needed]


Mountain Home is located at 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W / 36.33611°N 92.38222°W / 36.33611; -92.38222 (36.336248, -92.382279)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.5 km²), all of it land. It is the center of the Twin Lakes area, with the Norfork Lake 15 minutes to the east and the Bull Shoals Lake is 20 minutes to the west. It is located within The Ozarks Mountain Range, in the Salem Plateau region. The city is located within 15 to 20 minutes of three rivers, The Buffalo National River, The White River (Arkansas) and The North Fork River (Missouri - Arkansas), which features the world renown Norfork Tailwater, all of these making the Mountain Home area one of the nation's top freshwater fishing destinations.

List Of Highways:

  • US 62 (1961).svgUS 412.svg US 62/US 412
  • US 62B.svg U.S. Route 62 Business
  • Arkansas 5.svg Highway 5
  • Arkansas 101.svg Highway 101
  • Arkansas 178.svg Highway 178
  • Arkansas 201.svg Highway 201
  • Arkansas 201S.svg Highway 201 Spur

Demographics and population

According to the 2010 Census Bureau population report, the population of Mountain Home was 12,448 [1]. The population of the Mountain Home city ZIP codes area was estimated to be 29,360, as of 2006.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,012 people, 5,175 households, and 3,151 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,035.7 people per square mile (400.0/km²). There were 5,612 housing units at an average density of 527.8 per square mile (203.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.69% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 5,175 households out of which 19.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the city the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 36.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 78.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,869, and the median income for a family was $34,895. Males had a median income of $26,800 versus $19,702 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,789. About 7.5% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.


ASU – Mountain Home

Arkansas State University Mountain Home is a public, open-access, two-year campus of Arkansas State University located on a sprawling campus on the west side of the city. The campus became part of the ASU system in 1995. The campus architecture is styled after the University of Virginia.

Mountain Home school district

The public school district, Mountain Home Public Schools, encompasses some 330 square miles (850 km2) and serves nearly 4,000 from kindergarten through 12th grade. The public school consists of six campuses, which includes the Mountain Home High School (grades 10-12), Mountain Home-Baxter Junior High (grades 8 & 9), Pinkston Middle School (grades 6-7), Hackler Intermediete (grade 3-5), Nelson-Wilks-Herron Elementary school (grades 1-2), and the Kindergarten center.

The Mountain Home School System is also known for its excellent band program, who marched in the 2006 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Notable Facts

Notable residents - past and present

C. D. Wright - an American poet
  • Richard Antrim - American naval Rear Admiral; World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Wes Bentley - an American film actor
  • Tom Dearmore - Air Force Veteran, Editor & Publisher of the Baxter Bulletin, Associate Editor of the Arkansas Gazette, Editor of the San Francisco Examiner
  • Ed Dugan - Chef and author of Help! I Gotta Cook
  • JT Eberhard - Atheistic speaker and founder of Skepticon
  • Steven Kampen- an American author
  • Max Freeman - chairman of the National Association of Home Builders
  • Richard A. Knaak - an American author; wrote the Minotaur Wars and other contributions to Dragonlance
  • Derin McMains - a Former Minor League Baseball Player Now Coach for the San Francisco Giants organization
  • Roy Stone - famous blacksmith and wagon maker
  • Gene McVay- an American author; Military Commander; Veteran Leader; Public Speaker; Political Leader and Fighter Pilot
  • Doctor Ben Saltzman - Physcian, Charter member of Rotary, Air Force Flight Surgeon, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health
  • C. D. Wright - an American poet
  • Jennifer J. Wiseman - Ph.D., Astronomer, discoverer of Comet Wiseman-Skiff, MIT and Harvard University alumna
  • Jeremy "Sideshow" Von Myers - Author, Comedian


  • Mayor - David Osmon
  • Clerk - Brian Plumlee
  • City Attorney - Roger Morgan [2]
  • Chief of Police - Carry Manuel
  • Fire Chief - Ken Williams
  • Superintendent - Lonnie Myers


External links

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