Introduction to Jacksonville, Arkansas

Jacksonville, Arkansas, in Pulaski county, is 11 miles NE of North Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center) and 118 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. The people of the city are in the Little Rock - North Little Rock metropolitan area. Jacksonville has a population of 29,916.

Jacksonville History

Jacksonville was named after Nicholas and Elizabeth Jackson. They were the landowners and deeded the land to Cairo and Fulton Railroad in 1870. Settlement grew around the railroad depot and it finally evolved into a community. Jacksonville was incorporated in 1941. Construction of the Arkansas Ordinance Plant began in 1941, and the plant provided the facility for making fuses and detonators, which were used in World War II.

Jacksonville and nearby Attractions

  • Aerospace Education Center
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Toltec Mounds
  • Peggy's Zoo

Things To Do In Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville has many museums including the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Arkansas Arts Center, and the Old State House Museum. Tourists can also visit the First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Mount Pisgah Church. There are many parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. The South Plaza Shopping Center, Sunnyside Shopping Center, Crestview Plaza Shopping Center are also popular tourist haunts.

Jacksonville Transportation

Those wishing to travel by air can do so from Little Rock AFB Airport.

Jacksonville Higher Education

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University-Beebe Beach, University of Central Arkansas, Harding University, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff are some of the universities that offer higher education opportunities.


Total Population 28,726
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 12,166
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 43%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.9%
Median Earnings25+ $28,533
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,041
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,639


Median Family Income $47,109
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $764
Median House Value $113,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.5%
Irish 7.6%

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

Jacksonville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NE of North Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County Pulaski
Metro Area Little Rock - North Little Rock
Standard Zip Codes 72076
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72078
Company Zip Codes 72099
Phone Area Codes 501
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.866
Longitude -92.11

Jacksonville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station CABOT 4 SW
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 29.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Air Base (72076)

Macon (72076)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Austin 2,823 $74,398
Cabot 25,102 $66,817
Little Rock 196,943 $61,635
Lonoke 4,250 $46,402
North Little Rock 65,538 $49,767
Sherwood 30,210 $70,601

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

Jacksonville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(501) 985-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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