Decatur, Arkansas

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Decatur, Arkansas
Downtown Decatur
Downtown Decatur
Location of Decatur in Benton County, Arkansas.
Location of Decatur in Benton County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°20′15″N 94°27′24″W / 36.33750°N 94.45667°W / 36.33750; -94.45667Coordinates: 36°20′15″N 94°27′24″W / 36.33750°N 94.45667°W / 36.33750; -94.45667
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.53 sq mi (11.72 km2)
 • Land4.47 sq mi (11.58 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.14 km2)
1,237 ft (377 m)
 • Total1,699
 • Estimate 
 • Density402.37/sq mi (155.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)479
FIPS code05-17740
GNIS feature ID0076769

Decatur is a city, in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,699 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. This town is named after Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr.


Decatur is located in western Benton County at 36°20′15″N 94°27′24″W / 36.33750°N 94.45667°W / 36.33750; -94.45667 (36.337541, -94.456721).[4] Arkansas Highway 59 passes through the city, leading north 6 miles (10 km) to Gravette and 13 miles (21 km) to the Missouri border, and south 13 miles (21 km) to Siloam Springs. Arkansas Highway 102 leads east 16 miles (26 km) to Bentonville and west 10 miles (16 km) to the Oklahoma border.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Decatur has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km2), of which 4.4 square miles (11.5 km2) is land and 0.039 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.21%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,800[2]5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2015 Estimate[6]
The historic Kansas City-Southern Depot was built in 1920 and added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1992.[7]

As of the 2010 census Decatur had a population of 1,699. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 62.4% non-Hispanic white, 0.5% non-Hispanic black, 4.3% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 5.2% from two or more races and 28.4% Hispanic or Latino.[8]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,314 people, 465 households, and 346 families residing in the city. The population density was 573.0 people per square mile (221.5/km²). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 233.3 per square mile (90.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.97% White, 5.48% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 10.12% from other races, and 2.97% from two or more races. 16.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 465 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,844, and the median income for a family was $33,333. Males had a median income of $22,115 versus $19,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,618. About 16.3% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.


Public education for elementary and secondary school students is provided by the Decatur School District leading to graduation from Decatur High School.

Decatur High School has a 1-to-1 ratio of students to electronic devices meaning every student grades 9 - 12 receive a personal computer that they possess throughout the school year.

The Decatur High School offers several extra-curricular activities ranging from Student Congress to Marching Band and offers a wide array of athletic teams. Sports teams consist of co-ed football, men and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men and women's track and field, men and women's cross country, men and women's soccer, co-ed cheerleading, and co-ed trap shooting and women's volleyball.

Clubs and activities include Student Council, Student Congress, FCCLA, FFA, FBLA, Ethics Bowl, Quiz Bowl, Beef Bowl, Band, Film Club, World Culture's Club, E-Sports Team, and Mock Trial.


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Aug 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Decatur city, Arkansas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Decatur from the US census
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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