Arkansas Scott County Public Schools

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Scott County was formed November 5, 1833 from parts of Crawford and Pope counties. The county was named for Andrew Scott, Judge of the Superior Court of Arkansas Territory and a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention of 1836. The county seat is Waldron. The landscape of Scott County is rugged terrain to rolling terrain in the extreme northwest. The economic base of the county is timber. Livestock and poultry production along with food processing also helps make up the economic base. Three lakes, Lake Hinkle, Lake Waldron, and Square Rock Lake, offers fishing, swimming, camping and a variety of water recreation. Blythe’s Museum houses a collection of Indian artifacts and items from the city. Scott County is well known for its wholesome family entertainment and mountain music. As of the 2000 census, Scott County had a population of 10,996 residents.

Scott County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 893.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 12.4 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 34.0%. On the 2000 census form, 98.7% of the population reported only one race, with 0.2% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 5.7% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.52 persons compared to an average family size of 2.98 persons.

In 2008 manufacturing was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $23,687. Per capita income declined by 5.0% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 11,123 Covered Employment 2,937
Growth (%) since 1990 9.0% Average wage per job $24,964
Households (2000) 4,323 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 39.5%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,963 Average wage per job $23,687
Unemployment Rate (2009) 6.3 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $22,527 Average wage per job $36,855
Median Household Income (2008) $33,458 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 19.9 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 65.4 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.0%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.4 Average wage per job $27,209