Prairie County is located in east central Arkansas. The County Seat is Des Arc and the largest city is Des Arc. The Official Web Site is located at http://prairiecounty.arkansas.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 8,304 and the 2010 census population was 8,715. The land area is 647.96 square miles and there are 13.4 persons per square mile.
86.2% of the population is White, 12.2% is Black or African American, 1% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 78.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 9.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $72,400, there are 3,737 households, an average of 2.26 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,137, the median household income is $34,855, and 21.2% of the persons in Prairie County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 572. Retail sales (in $1000) were $39,496, and sales per capita were $4,481. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 9.3%.
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