Introduction to Batesville, Arkansas

Batesville, Arkansas, in Independence county, is 52 miles W of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 99 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee. It is the county seat of Independence County. There are about 9,445 people living in Batesville.

Batesville History

Batesville was named in honor of James Woodson Bates, the first territorial delegate from Arkansas to the United States Congress. It is the second oldest municipality in Arkansas. The first settlement in the Batesville area was in the year 1810. Batesville was partly laid out in the year 1821 and also became the county seat that year.

Batesville and nearby Attractions

  • Batesville Country Club
  • Town Plaza Shopping Center
  • Southerland Park Golf Course
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Riverside Park

Things To Do In Batesville

Batesville has several parks including Fitzhugh Park, Daffin Field, and Riverside Park. The Miller Creek and Stillhouse Branch are also popular tourist haunts. Tourists can attend the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival held each spring. A good place for shopping is the Town Plaza Shopping Center. Tourists also visit the many churches in Batesville including Bethlehem Baptist Church, Central Avenue Church of Christ, and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Batesville Transportation

Little Rock AFB is the nearest airport to the city of Batesville.

Batesville Higher Education

The higher education institutes in Batesville are Lyon College, University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville, and Bee Jays Academy. Other institutes close to the city are Harding University and Arkansas State University-Beebe Branch.


Total Population 10,479
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,482
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,203
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $586
Median House Value $118,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.1%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Batesville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles W of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 99 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Independence
Standard Zip Codes 72501
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72503
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.769
Longitude -91.64

Batesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Distance 38 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 70 F
Jul Temp 64 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 73 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cave City 2,278 $32,500
Concord 242 $49,583
Cushman 547 $31,667
Magness 215 $34,688
Newark 1,470 $41,591
Sulphur Rock 398 $31,429

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Batesville Public Libraries

White River Regional Library
Batesville, Arkansas
(870) 793-8814

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Batesville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(870) 262-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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