Introduction Pocahontas, Arkansas

Pocahontas, Arkansas, in Randolph county, is 32 miles NW of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee. The city contains a population of approximately 6,518.

Pocahontas History

Pocahontas was incorporated on January 15, 1857. It is the county seat of Randolph County. The community was named after an Indian princess. Pocahontas joins the Ozark foothills with the alluvial delta bottom and started as a river port. The mound building Indians were the first inhabitants of the area. The next inhabitants were the Cherokee and Osage Indians. The French arrived in the city around 1760. Ransom S. Bettis is the first documented settler. Thomas S. Drew supposedly settled in the area around 1826, married the daughter of Bettis, and was responsible for founding Pocahontas.

Pocahontas and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Davidsonville State Park
  • Randolph County Heritage Museum
  • Eddie May Herron Center
  • Maynard Pioneer Museum and Park
  • Powhatan Historic State Park

Things To Do In Pocahontas

You can visit the many museums and historic state parks while in Pocahontas. One can also visit Walnut Ridge City Park, Lake Charles State Park, and Old Davidsonville State Park. There are also many churches in the area. Each year the city celebrates the festivals of Black River Rendezvous, Randolph County Fair, Ghosts of Davidsonville Hay Ride, Fall Festival, and Maynard Pioneer Days.

Pocahontas Transportation

One can avail of air transportation from Millington Municipal Airport.

Pocahontas Higher Education

Black River Technical College and Blackwood Beauty School offer opportunities for higher education at Pocahontas. Other institutes that offer higher education are Arkansas State University-Main Campus, Harding University, University of Memphis, and Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus.


Total Population 6,516
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 19.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,327
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $44,412
% Above Poverty Level 77.1%
% Below Poverty Level 22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $525
Median House Value $75,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.9%

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

Pocahontas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles NW of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Randolph
Standard Zip Codes 72455
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.261
Longitude -90.971

Pocahontas Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 49 to 70 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 42 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Dalton (72455)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Biggers 278 $52,500
Black Rock 642 $29,211
Imboden 565 $43,750
Maynard 329 $39,063
O'Kean 194 $23,750
Walnut Ridge 4,755 $45,750

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

Pocahontas Hospitals

(870) 892-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Pocahontas High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 382 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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