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The 2000 Census showed that Baxter County had a population of 38,386 people. This represented 1.44% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 18th most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Baxter had a population of 42,157 people. This is an increase of 9.82% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201041,513+8.15%-1.53% since 2009
200942,157+9.82%+0.5% since 2008
200841,946+9.27%+0.24% since 2007
200741,845+9.01%+1.68% since 2006
200641,155+7.21%+2.28% since 2005
200540,237+4.82%+1.75% since 2004
200439,546+3.02%+1.55% since 2003
200338,943+1.45%+0.78% since 2002
200238,642+0.67%+0.59% since 2001
200038,386The Last Census

Baxter County had 19,891 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Baxter County has a total area<3> of 586 square miles [1,519 km²]. Of this total, 554 square miles [1,435 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (5.52%) being water (32.38 square miles [83.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Baxter County had a population density of 69.2 people per square mile [26.74 people/km²], making it the state's 12th most densely populated county (out of 75 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Baxter County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Baxter and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Baxter County QuickFact (QF-05005).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Baxter County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Mountain HomeQF-054739012,48611,01213.39%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Baxter County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FultonQF-05049   E11,58511,642-0.49%
IzardQF-05065   SE13,03813,249-1.59%
MarionQF-05089   W16,59416,1402.81%
SearcyQF-05129   SW7,9448,261-3.84%
StoneQF-05137   S11,99111,4994.28%
Ozark (MO)QF-29153   N9,3159,542-2.38%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Baxter. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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