Introduction to Searcy, Arkansas

Searcy, Arkansas, in White county, is 44 miles NE of North Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center) and 95 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 18,928 people lived in Searcy.

Searcy History

Searcy was originally known as Sulphur Springs. On November 23, 1837, it became the county seat of White County, which was founded on October 23, 1835, and adopted its present name. The city was named after Richard Searcy, a judge of the Superior Court of Arkansas Territory. It was officially incorporated in 1851. The city became a major trading center in the late 1840s.

Searcy and nearby Attractions

  • West Race Baptist Church
  • Prairie County Museum
  • Jacksonport State Park
  • Toltec Mounds
  • Woolly Hollow State Park
  • Old State House

Things To Do In Searcy

While staying in Searcy one can visit the Prairie County Museum, Harding University Stevens Art Center, and Jacksonport State Park. The city also has many houses of worship such as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Trinity Episcopal Church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and College Church of Christ. Searcy hosts several recreational events and festivals each year including the White County Fair.

Searcy Transportation

Flights can be availed from Little Rock AFB Airport.

Searcy Higher Education

Harding University and Foothills Technical Institute are located in the city.


Total Population 23,782
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 9,916
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.9%
Median Earnings25+ $32,460
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,139
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,667


Median Family Income $57,789
% Above Poverty Level 80.2%
% Below Poverty Level 19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $627
Median House Value $143,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 10.9%

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

Searcy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 44 miles NE of North Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County White
Standard Zip Codes 72143
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72145
Company Zip Codes 72149
Phone Area Codes 501
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.25
Longitude -91.736

Searcy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SEARCY
Distance 5.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Station DES ARC
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 47 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.4 inches
Station CABOT 4 SW
Distance 28.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Albion (72143)

Clay (72143)

Doniphan (72143)

Enright (72143)

Floyd (72143)

Fourmile Hill (72143)

Happy (72143)

Holly Springs (72143)

Joy (72143)

Morning Sun (72143)

Mount Pisgah (72143)

Sunny Hill (72143)

Vanity Corner (72143)

Walker (72143)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Garner 179 $56,875
Griffithville 156 $30,625
Higginson 768 $49,050
Judsonia 2,360 $38,750
Kensett 1,832 $27,100
West Point 210 $44,688

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

Searcy Public Libraries

White County Regional Library System
Searcy, Arkansas
(501) 279-2870
Library Web Site

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Searcy Hospitals

(501) 278-3100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Searcy High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,049 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

A Title I School.
Serves 361 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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