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The 2000 Census showed that Hempstead County had a population of 23,587 people. This represented 0.88% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 31st most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Hempstead had a population of 23,027 people. This is a decrease of 2.37% 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
201022,609-4.15%-1.82% since 2009
200923,027-2.37%+0.25% since 2008
200822,969-2.62%-1.05% since 2007
200723,212-1.59%+0.19% since 2006
200623,169-1.77%+0.33% since 2005
200423,103-2.05%-0.36% since 2003
200323,187-1.7%-0.27% since 2002
200223,249-1.43%-0.26% since 2001
200123,310-1.17%-1.17% since 2000
200023,587The Last Census

Hempstead County had 10,166 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Hempstead County has a total area<3> of 741 square miles [1,920 km²]. Of this total, 728 square miles [1,887 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.7%) being water (12.59 square miles [32.6 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Hempstead County had a population density of 32.37 people per square mile [12.5 people/km²], making it the state's 32nd 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 Hempstead County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Hempstead and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Hempstead County QuickFact (QF-05057).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ClarkQF-05019   NE23,83523,5461.23%
HowardQF-05061   NW14,29114,300---
LafayetteQF-05073   S7,5048,559-12.33%
Little RiverQF-05081   W12,95213,628-4.96%
MillerQF-05091   SW43,52240,4437.61%
NevadaQF-05099   E9,1649,955-7.95%
PikeQF-05109   N10,62711,303-5.98%

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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 Hempstead. 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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