Hempstead County is located in southwestern Arkansas. The County Seat is Hope and the largest city is Hope. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.hempsteadcountyar.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 22,327 and the 2010 census population was 22,609. The land area is 727.52 square miles and there are 31.1 persons per square mile.
67.2% of the population is White, 29.7% is Black or African American, 12.5% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.8% is two or more races. 81.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 14.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $73,100, there are 8,296 households, an average of 2.67 persons per household. The per capita income is $17,376, the median household income is $32,056, and 27.4% of the persons in Hempstead County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,578. Retail sales (in $1000) were $204,433, and sales per capita were $8,807. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 25.9%.
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