Introduction to Mountain Home, Arkansas

Mountain Home, Arkansas, in Baxter county, is 79 miles SE of Springfield, Missouri (center to center) and 154 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 11,012.

Mountain Home History

Mountain Home was incorporated on April 16, 1888. It is the county seat of Baxter County. Earlier, it was known as "Rapp's Barren" in honor of the first white settler, Henry Rapp. The city developed around the Male and Female Academy which was established by Professor J. S. Howard. The new post office was established In 1857, and it was named Mountain Home. The construction of Bull Shoals Dam and Norfolk Dam, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, changed the fortunes of Mountain Home in modern times.

Mountain Home and nearby Attractions

  • Baxter County Heritage Museum
  • Mountain Village 1890
  • Bull Shoals - White River State Park
  • Tiny Town Tours miniature Museum of Merritt

Things To Do In Mountain Home

While in Mountain Home one can visit the museums including the Baxter County Heritage Museum and Tiny Town Tours miniature Museum of Merritt. The Bull Shoal's-White River State Park, Bull Shoal's Lake Boat Dock, and Norfolk Lake also offer recreational facilities. The Ozark Center Shopping Center, Village Mall Shopping Center, and College Plaza Shopping Center are popular tourist haunts. The Baxter County Library and the city's many churches are also worth visiting. Mountain Home also hosts the annual Baxter County Fair.

Mountain Home Transportation

The Springfield-Branson Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Mountain Home Higher Education

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home and Marsha Kay Beauty College provide facilities for higher education. Other institutes that offer higher education facilities are Southwest Missouri State University, University of Central Arkansas, Harding University, and Drury University.


Total Population 12,338
Male Share of the Population 43.9%
Female Share of the Population 56.1%
Senior Citizens 33.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,526
Age of the Population 51


% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,681
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,291
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,131


Median Family Income $48,468
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $583
Median House Value $117,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.6%
US/American 0%
English 13.8%
Irish 15.7%

Mountain Home Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles SE of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 154 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Baxter
Standard Zip Codes 72653
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72654
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.335
Longitude -92.385

Mountain Home 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 23 to 44 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 19.4 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
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 51 F
Apr Temp 44 to 75 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 44 to 77 F
Annual Precip 44.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bull Shoals 2,057 $38,571
Cotter 1,097 $33,945
Gassville 2,206 $41,786
Lakeview 760 $42,308
Norfork 519 $35,938
Salesville 412 $38,036

Mountain Home Public Libraries

Baxter County Library
Mountain Home, Arkansas
(870) 425-3598
Library Web Site

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Mountain Home Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(870) 508-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mountain Home High Schools

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A Title I School.
Serves 899 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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