Introduction to Dumas, Arkansas

Dumas, Arkansas, in Desha county, is 37 miles SE of Pine Bluff, Arkansas (center to center) and 119 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee. There are an estimated 5,238 people in the city.

Dumas History

Dumas was first settled in 1870 by William B. Dumas, a planter and merchant. In fact, the city was named after him. The first railroad entered in the city in 1879. Originally, the main industry was timber, but eventually the area became a significant cotton growing center. The city's first Jewish settler was Gus Waterman. He also became the first mayor of the city after its incorporation. Dumas was incorporated on April 28, 1904.

Dumas and nearby Attractions

  • Arkansas Post National Memorial
  • Wilber D. Mills Park
  • Desha County Museum
  • Arkansas Post County Museum
  • Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
  • Cane Creek State Park

Things To Do In Dumas

While staying in Dumas, you can visit The Garden House and Desha County Museum. The Trusten Holder Wildlife Management Area offers facilities for fishing. In the winter months, you can watch bald and golden eagles. You can also enjoy the scenic view of the Great River Road, and the ancient Native American sites along the way. Carter Shopping Center and Brookhaven Shopping Center are ideal places to shop.

Dumas Transportation

Flights can be availed from Mid Delta Regional Airport.

Dumas Higher Education

University of Arkansas At Monticello and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are the nearest universities.


Total Population 4,551
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,628
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.9%
Median Earnings25+ $23,200
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,490
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,209


Median Family Income $32,056
% Above Poverty Level 62%
% Below Poverty Level 38%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $560
Median House Value $53,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71%
US/American 0%
English 13.1%
Irish 2.5%

Dumas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SE of Pine Bluff, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Desha
Standard Zip Codes 71639
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.886
Longitude -91.491

Dumas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DUMAS
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 51 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 52.1 inches
Station DERMOTT 3 NE
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 51 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 54 inches
Distance 27.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 55.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dumas, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Avery (71639)

Back Gate (71639)

Garrett Bridge (71639)

Pendleton (71639)

Reedville (71639)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gillett 620 $48,958
Gould 797 $25,893
Mitchellville 345 $30,625
Tillar 301 $41,429
Watson 115 $37,500
Winchester 206 $15,833

Dumas Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(870) 382-4303
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dumas High Schools

Serves 348 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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