Independence County, Arkansas

Independence County: County in Arkansas, United States


Independence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,647 and a population density of 18 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 37,757 inhabitants. Its county seat is Batesville. The county was created 203 years ago in 1820.

Independence County is located in north-central Arkansas. It contains diverse landscapes and historic small towns.

Geography and Climate

The county covers about 623 square miles. The White River runs through the county, along with the Black River. Terrain includes lowlands, hills, and plateaus. The climate is humid subtropical with hot summers and mild winters.


As of 2021, the population is around 37,000 residents. The population is 95% white and 2% African American. Median household income is $40,000, lower than the national median.

Largest City and County Seat

Batesville is the largest city and county seat, with around 10,500 residents. The second largest city is Southside.

Economy and Industries

Major employers include Southside School District, Batesville School District, and Walmart. Poultry farming and processing play major roles, along with some manufacturing.

Attractions and Recreation

Popular spots include the White River, Batesville Motor Speedway, Independence County Fairgrounds, and historical sites like the Batesville Confederate Monument and Pfeiffer Cemetery.

Cultural Sites

The county has multiple museums including the Batesville Area Arts Council and the Museum of Veterans and Military History. Festivals like Frontier Days celebrate the county's heritage.

In summary, Independence County offers natural scenery, historic small towns, and a look into Arkansas's agricultural roots. The White River provides recreation opportunities in this rural county.

Independence County locator map
Location of Independence County on Arkansas map.

Quick Facts about Independence County

Population : 37,757 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Arkansas (United States)
Area : 1998 km2
Water as percent of area : 1%
Land as percent of area : 99%
Altitude : 381 feet / 116 meters
Capital : Batesville
Establishment : October 10, 1820
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 21:27:37 (15th July 2024)
Density : 19 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 2.94% (2010-2020)
Charles R. Handford House image
Charles R. Handford House
Charles R. Handford House image


Independence County is located at 35°44'30"N 91°34'11"W (35.7415800, -91.5697200). It has 7 neighbors: Cleburne County, Izard County, Jackson County, Lawrence County, Sharp County, Stone County and White County.

Independence County map

The largest city of Independence County is Bryant with a population of 21,375. Other cities include, Batesville population 10,830, Southside population 3,990, Newark population 1,193 and Sulphur Rock population 458. See all Independence County cities & populated places.

Independence County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Independence County.

City Name Population Title
Bryant 21,375 City in Arkansas, USA
Batesville 10,830 City in Arkansas, USA
Southside 3,990 Human settlement in Arkansas, United States of America
Newark 1,193 City in Independece County, Arkansas, United States
Sulphur Rock 458 Human settlement in Independence County, Arkansas, United States of America
Cushman 457 City in Independence County, Arkansas, United States
Pleasant Plains 356 City in Independence County, Arkansas, United States of America
Oil Trough 272 Township in Independence County, Arkansas
Magness 208 Township in Independence County, Arkansas
Moorefield 135 Township in Independence County, Arkansas

Independence County has 7 neighbours.


The population of Independence County increased by 2.94% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 36,647 - census
2011 36,884 0.64% estimation process
2012 36,953 0.19% estimation process
2013 36,885 -0.18% estimation process
2014 37,080 0.53% estimation process
2015 37,035 -0.12% estimation process
2016 37,117 0.22% estimation process
2017 37,391 0.73% estimation process
2017 37,391 0% estimation process
2018 37,768 1% estimation process
2019 37,825 0.15% estimation process
2020 37,757 -0.18% estimation process

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People born in Independence County (1)

James Sturch was born in Independence County

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Springdale 81,115 The most populous city in Washington County, Arkansas.
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Rogers 70,522 The fourth most populous city in Arkansas.