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Overview

Introduction to Texarkana, Arkansas

Texarkana, Arkansas, in Miller county, is 65 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center) and 166 miles E of Dallas, Texas.

Texarkana History

The non-migratory Native American tribes were the original inhabitants of Texarkana. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the 17th century. The area's first post office was established in the 1840s. The Cairo and Fulton Railroad entered the region in the late 1850s. The city was incorporated on August 10, 1880. H. W. Beidler was the city's first mayor. Texarkana is so named because it is located near the boundary of Texas and Arkansas.

Texarkana and nearby Attractions

  • Texarkana Historical Museum
  • Spring Lake Park
  • Tex - Ark Antique Auto Museum
  • Atlanta State Park
  • Old Washington Historic State Park
  • Clinton Birthplace

Things To Do In Texarkana

Texarkana has many parks and playgrounds including the Hole in the Wall Park, Jefferson Park, George Williams Park, Hobo Jungle Park, Bradfield Park, Ingraham Park, and Bramble Park. Some of the local churches are the College Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Lonoke Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and County Avenue Church. South Haven Golf Course is an ideal destination for golf lovers. It is also worth visiting Spring Lake Park.

Texarkana Transportation

Texarkana Regional Airport-Webb Field is the local airport.

Texarkana Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are provided at Southern Arkansas University-Main Campus, Henderson State University, Kilgore College, and many other colleges and universities.

People

Total Population 30,127
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,049
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,590
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,981
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,018

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,333
% Above Poverty Level 77.9%
% Below Poverty Level 22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $725
Median House Value $103,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 9%

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

Texarkana Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 65 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 166 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Miller
Metro Area Texarkana
Standard Zip Codes 71854
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.441
Longitude -94.037

Texarkana Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station TEXARKANA WEBB FIELD
Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 54 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Station OKAY
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Station STAMPS
Distance 32.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 77 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashdown 4,565 $44,171
Fouke 783 $40,288
Fulton 184 $41,875
Ogden 144 $69,688
Wilton 303 $39,167

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

Texarkana Public Libraries

Library
Texarkana Public Library
600 WEST 3RD STREET
Texarkana, Arkansas
(903) 794-2149
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Texarkana High Schools

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ARKANSAS HIGH SCHOOL
1500 JEFFERSON AVE.
870-774-7641
A Title I School.
Serves 1,253 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

GENOA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
ROUTE 7 BOX 3440
870-653-2272
Serves 264 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

TEXARKANA AREA VOCATIONAL CENTER
1200 JEFFERSON AVENUE
870-774-7641
A Vocational School

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