Introduction to Newport, Arkansas

Newport, Arkansas, in Jackson county, is 36 miles SW of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 76 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 7,811 people lived in Newport.

Newport History

Newport was incorporated on October 16, 1875. It is the county seat of Jackson County, which was founded on November 5, 1829. It is located on White River and has deep agricultural ties. Newport is a rural community. The name 'Newport' was recorded first in an announcement of land sales in 1837. It is the hometown of Michael Dale Beebe, who became the Governor of Arkansas in 1992; Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart; and Mary Steenburgen, the Academy Award-winning actress.

Newport and nearby Attractions

  • Iron Mountain Depot
  • Old Independence regional Museum
  • Parkin Archeological State Park
  • Jackson State Park
  • Arnett's Doll Museum

Things To Do In Newport

While staying in the city, one can visit the many museums such as the Old Independence regional Museum and rnett's Doll Museum. One can also enjoy a day trip to Jackson Port State Park, Hines Park, Remmel Park, and U.S. Roller Rink, which offer a range of recreational and amusement facilities. One can also visit the Jackson County Library and the many Methodist, Baptis, and Episcopal churches in the city. The city hosts several events and festival including the annual Portfest 'Rollin' on the River Festival.

Newport Transportation

Little Rock AFB Airport provides air transportation facilities.

New Port Higher Education

Harding University, Arkansas State University-Main Campus, Arkansas State University Beebe Branch, University of Central Arkansas, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 7,782
Male Share of the Population 42.1%
Female Share of the Population 57.9%
Senior Citizens 12.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,718
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 27.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $37,321
% Above Poverty Level 65.1%
% Below Poverty Level 34.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 38.9%
Median Gross Rent $537
Median House Value $79,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 11.8%

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

Newport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles SW of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 72112
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.604
Longitude -91.281

Newport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.9 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 33.1 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
Distance 37.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Algoa (72112)

Auvergne (72112)

Bengall (72112)

Blackville (72112)

Fitzgerald (72112)

Ingleside (72112)

Johnstown (72112)

Murphys Corner (72112)

Remmel (72112)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Diaz 1,414 $27,386
Grubbs 465 $38,750
Jacksonport 134 $0
Newark 1,470 $41,591
Oil Trough 250 $38,958
Tuckerman 2,257 $39,514

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

Newport Public Libraries

Jackson County Library
Newport, Arkansas
(870) 523-2952

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Newport Hospitals

(870) 523-8911
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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