Introduction to Russellville, Arkansas

Russellville, Arkansas, in Pope County, is 60 miles NW of Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center) and 171 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma. About 23,682 people live in Russellville.

Russellville History

Russellville is named after Dr. T. J. Russell, a resident of the area. It was incorporated on June 7, 1870. Russellville is the county seat of Pope County. The Osage and Cherokee Indians occupied the valley where Russellville is presently located. Russellville's first white settler was C. Holledger who built a house in 1834. Dr. T. J. Russell purchased Holledger's log home in 1835. By 1836, many settlers came to the area. In 1847, Jacob Shinn built the first store in Russellville.

Russellville and nearby Attractions

  • Arkansas Tech University Museum of Prehistory and History
  • Lake Dardanelle State Park
  • Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bona Dea Trails & Sanctuary
  • Petit Jean State Park
  • Mount Nebo State Park

Things To Do In Russellville

The First Assembly of God Church, Kelly heights Baptist Church, Bernice Church, and Central Presbyterian Church are some of the churches worth visiting. Those interested in books can visit the Pope County Library. One can also visit the Arkansas River Visitor Center. There are amusement and theme parks in the city including Sportsworld. Those interested in shopping will enjoy the Russellville Metro Mall Shopping Center, Southgate Regional Shopping Center, and Williamsburg Court Shopping Center.

Russellville Transportation

The local airport is Memorial Field Airport.

Russellville Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Arkansas Tech University, River Valley Real Estate Licensing School, and Arkansas Beauty School. One can also avail higher education facilities from the University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Westark College.


Total Population 28,738
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 12,251
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,130
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,697


Median Family Income $43,840
% Above Poverty Level 73.8%
% Below Poverty Level 26.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $652
Median House Value $128,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 9.7%

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

Russellville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 60 miles NW of Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 171 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Pope
Standard Zip Codes 72801, 72802
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72811, 72812
Phone Area Codes 479
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.278
Longitude -93.133

Russellville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
Station HECTOR 2 SSW
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 66 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 75 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atkins 3,042 $49,754
Dardanelle 4,676 $35,051
Dover 1,413 $45,625
Knoxville 805 $44,107
London 995 $50,000
Pottsville 3,030 $52,117

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

Russellville Public Libraries

Pope County Library System
Russellville, Arkansas
(479) 968-4368

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Russellville Hospitals

(479) 968-2841
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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