Arkansas Searcy County Public Schools

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Searcy County was created in 1838, from a part of Madison County and was named for Richard Searcy, a pioneer in Arkansas Territory. The landscape of Searcy County is rugged Ozark Mountains. Marshall is the county seat. The Buffalo River angles across the county with huge limestone bluffs surrounding the clear blue water of the stream. The Hurricane River Cave has been continuously occupied since ancient times and features a crystal clear underground river flowing its entire length. Blowing Cave near Marshall has a long corridor where the wind always blows on its way to the surface from a “bottomless pit.” Searcy County is proud of its own and celebrates each year with a Buffalo River Days Festival, where arts and crafts and a variety of entertainment are offered. As of the 2000 census, Searcy County had a population of 8,261 residents.

Searcy County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 667.1 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 11.9 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 6.9%. On the 2000 census form, 98.7% of the population reported only one race, with <0.1% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.0% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.33 persons compared to an average family size of 2.83 persons.

In 2008 health care and social assistance was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,073. Per capita income grew by 22.4% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Value
Population (2009) 7,944 Covered Employment 1,801
Growth (%) since 1990 1.3% Average wage per job $21,316
Households (2000) 3,523 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 13.0%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 3,617 Average wage per job $18,110
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.2 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.0%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $23,976 Average wage per job $34,727
Median Household Income (2008) $25,547 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 18.5%
Poverty Rate (2008) 24.2 Average wage per job $20,073
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 68.0 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 8.4 Average wage per job $25,977

1. MARSHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P 0 Box 339, Marshall, AR 72650
Phone: (870) 448-3333
County: Searcy County
Enrollment: 421
Grades: KG-6

2. MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 310, Marshall, AR 72650
Phone: (870) 448-3331
County: Searcy County
Enrollment: 420
Grades: 7-12

3. NORTH CENTRAL VOCATIONAL CENTER
Address: P O Box 187, Leslie, AR 72645
Phone: (870) 447-6111
County: Searcy County
Enrollment: 0
Grades: 9-12

4. ST. JOE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 69, Saint Joe, AR 72675
Phone: (870) 439-2213
County: Searcy County
Enrollment: 108
Grades: KG-6

5. ST. JOE HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P O Box 69, Saint Joe, AR 72675
Phone: (870) 439-2213
County: Searcy County
Enrollment: 94
Grades: 7-12