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City of Russellville

  •   State: 
    Pope County
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    35°16′34″N 93°08′18″W
      Area total: 
    28.37 sq mi
      Area land: 
    28.30 sq mi (73.30 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.06 sq mi (0.17 km²)
    367 ft (112 m)
    Incorporated June 7, 1870; 153 years ago ( 1870-06-07 )
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Russellville, AR
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,022.54 residents per square mile of area (394.80/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County, Arkansas, with a 2021 estimated population of 29,338. It is the principal city of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Pope and Yell counties. In the early 19th century, Osage from Missouri hunted frequently in the valley where Russellville is now located. The first house in what is now Russellville, a one-and-a-half-story hand-hewn log house, was built by J.C. Holledger in 1834. By 1876, the town boasted a population of approximately 800 serviced by fifteen stores, two cotton gins, and six doctors. Cotton became a profitable crop near Russellville in the early 20th century; in the middle of the century, bales were sold from Main Street. Today, no cotton and no coal are mined in the area. Arkansas Tech University is home to the state's only nuclear power plant, Arkansas Nuclear One, which was built in the 1970s. The town's first newspaper, the Herald, was founded in 1870. In 1887, Russellville was selected by a margin of 128 votes out of 2,670 total votes cast to be the new county seat. The question on moving the county center had also gone to the voters nearly a decade earlier on September 2, 1878, but the results were overturned in the courts. By 1890, approximately 400 students attended in nine months, the first class to attend through twelve grades.


Russellville is a town in Pope County, Arkansas. The town was founded in 1834 by Thomas Russell. It was named after Jacob Shinn, who started a general retail store in 1854. In 1876, Russellville became an incorporated city. In 1909, Arkansas Tech University was founded as an agricultural school. In the early 20th century, cotton became a profitable crop near Russellville. Today, no coal is mined, and the cotton gins are gone. Russellville is home to Ozark Polytechnic College, which has a student population of over 12,000 students between the fall and fall of 2014. It is also home to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, which opened in 2009. The university is located in the town of Ozark, which is in Ozark County, about 30 miles south of Little Rock. It has a campus that is open to the general public and offers a variety of degree programs. It also has a college of business and technology, which was opened in 2010. The college is located on the campus of Arkansas Tech, which also opened in the fall of 2010. It offers a range of business programs, including finance, business management, finance, and business administration. The school also offers a certificate program in business administration and business management. It opened in 2011. The city's name comes from Shinnville, the name of the first business to be established in the area. The first house in what is now Russellville, a one-and-a-half-story hand-hewn log house, was built by J.C. Holledger in 18 34.


Russellville is located at 35°1642N 93°813W (35.278429, -93.136820). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.3 square miles (73 km²) It is located on the Arkansas River. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Russellville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. It has a population of 2,816. The city is located in the Ouachita National Forest. It is the site of the Arkansas National Guard Air Force Base, which is based in Russellville. Russellville is also home to the Russellville Airport, which was built in the 1930s. The airport was built on land that was once part of the Little Piney River. It was later moved to its current location in the mid-1970s. It also has a small airport, which serves as a hub for air traffic to the surrounding area. The Arkansas River runs through the city, and the city is on its eastern edge. The town has a history of being heavily affected by the Little piney river, which runs through Russellville and into Arkansas. The river is also the source of the town's nickname, "The Arkansas River". The town's name is derived from the name of the river, "Russellville".


As of the 2010 Census, there were 27,920 people, 10,318 households, and 6,383 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 83.2% White, 5.5% Black or African American, 1.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 6.7% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. There were 11,124 housing units at an average density of 393.4 per square mile (151.9/km²) The city's median income was $38,234, and the median income for a family was $49,440. The per capita income for the city is $19,637. About 14.5%. of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8%. of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over. The city has a population of 28,940 as of the 2020 U.S. census, and is expected to grow to 30,000 by the end of the decade. It is the largest city in the state, with a population growth rate of 0.7%. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the city's downtown area. It was the site of the U.N. World Health Organization's first international conference on climate change, held in 2010. The conference was held in New York City, and was followed by a follow-up in 2012.


There are more than ten divisions of Fortune 500 companies located in Russellville. Tyson Foods, Inc. and Innovation Industries Elevator Signal Fixtures are among the nearly fifty manufacturing plants employing more than 8,300 people. Several commercial radio stations serve the city, including KWKK-FM 100.9, KARV-AM 610 and KWXT-AM 1490. Russellville hosts a variety of sporting events and fishing tournaments, due to its location on Lake Dardanelle. On the first Friday of each quarter, the city hosts the Downtown Art Walk, in which the public may listen to live music, taste wine and food, and appreciate, purchase and sell art while connecting with the community. The city is home to the Pope County Fairgrounds, which hosts many events ranging from horse racing to fairs and conventions. At the end of every summer, Russellville is also host to the annual Pope county fair, which features rides, live music, livestock, games, and other forms of entertainment. The county fair attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. The most notable of these events is the Art Walk which takes place every first Friday in March, June, September, and December, and is held in the historic downtown area of Russellville, Arkansas. It is also close to Mt. Nebo and other state parks such as Lake Dardsenelle State Park. Many people commute to Russellville on a daily basis from its surrounding areas, for both work and recreation.


Russellville is home to Arkansas Tech University, which was founded in 1909. Russellville is also home to the Alternative learning center, which is made up of SLC (student learning center), SDC (student detention center), and an adult education center. The SDC program serves like an in-school suspension and serves students ranging from middle to high school. The adult learning center allows high school dropouts to come back and obtain their high school diplomas or GEDs. The Russellville School District operates Russellville High School, which has 12,003 students. The school district also operates the Russellville Middle School and Russellville Elementary School. The high school is located in Russellville and has a population of 6,000. The middle school is the only school in the district that is not part of the school district. It has a student population of 5,000, and the high school has 2,000 students. It is located on the campus of Arkansas Tech, which as of 2014 has 12.003 students and a student enrollment of 7,856. The district also has a high school that has a total enrollment of 8,000 and a junior high that has 1,816 students, and a middle school with 1,788 students. There are no high schools in the area, but Russellville does have a middle and high school and an elementary school. It also has an alternative school that serves students from the middle school to the junior high. The town is also the site of the Arkansas Tech College of Applied Sciences.

In popular culture

In 2013, Russellville was chosen as one of the filming locations for the independent Christian film "Cowboys and Jesus" One scene was filmed at Cyclone Stadium, depicting a football game in which locals from the area were invited to attend, appearing as "extras" Russellville power plant, Arkansas Nuclear One was featured in a 2011 episode of Aerial America on the Smithsonian Channel. The town is located on the Arkansas River, which runs through Russellville. It has a population of about 2,000. Russellville is located in the Ozarks, which are part of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is located near the Little Rock area, which is part of Arkansas  and Arkansas Mississippi. It was also featured in the TV series "Aerial America" in 2011, which featured the town's nuclear power plant. It also appeared in a 2012 episode of "Abandoned" on the Discovery Channel, where it was featured as part of a documentary about the history of nuclear power in the United States. The power plant was built in the 1950s and 1960s, and was decommissioned in the 1970s. The nuclear plant is still in use today, and has been used for nuclear power since the 1980s and 1990s. In 2013, the town was chosen to be a filming location for the movie "Cow Cowboys and Jesus", which was based on a true story. The film was shot in Russellville, Arkansas, and included scenes from the town and the surrounding area.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas = 85.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 90. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Russellville = 5.2 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 28,940 individuals with a median age of 32.9 age the population grows by 15.07% in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,022.54 residents per square mile of area (394.80/km²). There are average 2.37 people per household in the 10,336 households with an average household income of $34,710 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.60% of the available work force and has dropped -3.67% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.06%. The number of physicians in Russellville per 100,000 population = 144.3.


The annual rainfall in Russellville = 48.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 3 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 90. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 223. 93 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 27.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 27, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas which are owned by the occupant = 52.36%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 26 years with median home cost = $85,640 and home appreciation of 3.23%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.17 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,770 per student. There are 13 students for each teacher in the school, 514 students for each Librarian and 321 students for each Counselor. 3.60% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 16.65% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.78% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Russellville's population in Pope County, Arkansas of 1,832 residents in 1900 has increased 15,8-fold to 28,940 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.39% female residents and 48.61% male residents live in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas.

    As of 2020 in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas are married and the remaining 44.51% are single population.

  • 17.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Russellville require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.14% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.37% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 1.32% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas, 52.36% are owner-occupied homes, another 38.59% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.04% are vacant.

  • The 50.20% of the population in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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