Desha County is located in southeastern Arkansas. The County Seat is Arkansas City and the largest city is Dumas. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.dumasar.net/desha-county-offices-and-officials.html. The 2014 population estimate is 12,264 and the 2010 census population was 13,008. The land area is 768.15 square miles and there are 16.9 persons per square mile.
50.1% of the population is White, 48.1% is Black or African American, 4.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 76.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $55,100, there are 5,305 households, an average of 2.39 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,822, the median household income is $28,680, and 30.1% of the persons in Desha County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 840. Retail sales (in $1000) were $119,201, and sales per capita were $8,691. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 27.4%.
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