History of Hot Spring County

~~~History of Hot Spring County~~~

Hot Spring County, Arkansas

Hot Spring County was formed on November 2, 1829, by the Territorial Legislature from a part of Clark County. The county's name came from the natural hot springs that later became world famous as a part of Garland County. The county seat is Malvern. The landscape is forested ridges, and river bottomland, with the Ouachita Mountains in the north and west and rolling hills in the southeast. Hot Spring County's economy base is beef and dairy cattle, and cultivation of hay, soybeans and rice. Industrial development includes lumber mills, brick plants, metals, and small industry. The county has many varieties (65) of valuable minerals including the nation's greatest concentrations of novaculite and vanadium and magnet ore. Lake Catherine, set in a forest of tall pines and hardwoods, offers a getaway for fishing and other water sports, and the State Park offers campsites, cabins, hiking trails, and a marina. The Ouachita River is well known for it's fishing and floating.

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Hot Spring County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,353. The county seat is Malvern.[1] Hot Spring County was formed on November 2, 1829, from a portion of Clark County, and named for the hot springs at Hot Springs, Arkansas which were within the borders of the county at the time. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,611 kmē), of which, 615 square miles (1,593 kmē) of it is land and 7 square miles (19 kmē) of it (1.16%) is water.

National protected area

Ouachita National Forest (part)


Age pyramid Hot Spring County[2]As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 30,353 people, 12,004 households, and 8,834 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/kmē). There were 13,384 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/kmē). The racial makeup of the county was 87.33% White, 10.26% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 1.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,004 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,543, and the median income for a family was $37,077. Males had a median income of $27,800 versus $19,461 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,216. About 10.30% of families and 14.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 14.20% of those age 65 or over.

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