Introduction to Hope, Arkansas

Hope, Arkansas, in Hempstead county, is 79 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center) and 195 miles E of Dallas, Texas.

Hope History

Hope was originally settled in 1852. It was named after the daughter of James Loughborough, the Land Commissioner of Cairo and Fulton Railroad who designed the plat of the city. It was formally incorporated in 1875. Hope is the county seat of Hempstead County, which was founded on December 15, 1818. The city is the hometown of Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.

Hope and nearby Attractions

  • First Home of President Bill Clinton
  • Hope Visitor Center & Museum
  • Old Washington Historic State Park
  • Cave of the Apocalypse
  • White Oak Lake State Park
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

Things To Do In Hope

Hope is home to Northside Park, Fair Park, and several baseball, softball, and soccer fields. The city also has several houses of worship such as the Bebe Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, East Side Church of Christ, and Lonoke Baptist Church. Shopping can be enjoyed at the North Hervey Street Shopping Center and Hope Village Shopping Center. Hope also organizes several recreational events and festivals throughout the year including the Watermelon Festival and Bluegrass Festival.

Hope Transportation

You can avail flights from Texarkana Regional Airport-Webb Field.

Hope Higher Education

The University of Arkansas Community College-Hope is the local university. Residents of the city can also pursue higher education at Henderson State University, Grambling State University, and Bossier Parish Community College.


Total Population 10,001
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,357
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 40.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.5%
Median Earnings25+ $19,545
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,298
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,152


Median Family Income $33,180
% Above Poverty Level 65.9%
% Below Poverty Level 34.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $70,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 5.7%

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

Hope Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 195 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Hempstead
Standard Zip Codes 71801
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71802
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.666
Longitude -93.591

Hope Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station HOPE 3 NE
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.3 inches
Station OKAY
Distance 19.9 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blevins 251 $48,750
Emmet 584 $32,454
Fulton 184 $41,875
Perrytown 342 $55,341
Prescott 3,221 $27,112
Washington 182 $45,000

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

Hope Public Libraries

Southwest Arkansas Regional Library
Hope, Arkansas
(870) 777-2957

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Hope Hospitals

(870) 777-2323
Emergency Service: Yes

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Hope High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 725 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

633 HWY 355 WEST
Serves 251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.9

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.8

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