Introduction to Blytheville, Arkansas

Blytheville, Arkansas, in Mississippi county, is 44 miles E of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 54 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee. It is in the Mississippi County. This city has a population of about 18,272.

Blytheville History

The city of Blytheville was founded in the year 1879. Methodist clergyman Henry T. Blythe was responsible for the city's stablishment. The city grew fast because of the abundance of trees in the area. Blytheville was incorporated in the year 1889.

Blytheville and nearby Attractions

  • Town North Shopping Center
  • Mississippi County Fairgrounds
  • Blytheville Public Library
  • Walker Park
  • Blytheville First Assembly of God Church

Things To Do In Blytheville

While in the city of Blytheville, one can visit the many churches such as the Blytheville First Assembly of God Church, Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, and Trinity Baptist Church. Tourists can shop at the Colony Square Shopping Center, Town North Shopping Center, and Blytheville Plaza Shopping Center. One can also visit the Mississippi County Fairgrounds, Blytheville Public Library, and the Cherrytree Plaza. Tourists can enjoy strolls in Walker Park and Little Park.

Blytheville Transportation

Millington Municipal Airport is the nearest airport to Blytheville city.

Blytheville Higher Education

The higher education institutes in Blytheville are Blytheville Academy of Cosmetology and the Mississippi County Community College. There are several other higher education institutes near the city including The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, University of Memphis, and Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union campus.


Total Population 15,090
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,037
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.2%
Median Earnings25+ $28,605
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,051
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,688


Median Family Income $42,199
% Above Poverty Level 73%
% Below Poverty Level 27%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $656
Median House Value $74,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.8%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 3.6%

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

Blytheville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles E of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee
County Mississippi
Standard Zip Codes 72315
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72316, 72319
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.927
Longitude -89.918

Blytheville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 33.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 50 to 69 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burdette 180 $52,750
Dell 220 $46,250
Gosnell 3,401 $42,865
Luxora 1,007 $27,904
Manila 3,275 $48,125
Osceola 7,424 $31,734

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

Blytheville Public Libraries

Mississippi/crittenden Regional Library
Blytheville, Arkansas
(870) 762-2431

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Blytheville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(870) 838-7300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 887 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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A Title I School.
Serves 58 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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