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Overview

Introduction to Jonesboro, Arkansas

Jonesboro, Arkansas, in Craighead county, is 60 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee.

Jonesboro History

Indian tribes including the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw tribes were the first inhabitants of the Jonesboro area. White settlers later came to the area and began trading, hunting, and trapping with the local Indians. Around 1815, a permanent settlement was set up in Jonesboro. In 1859, Craighead County was formed and Jonesboro was the original county seat. State Senator William A. Jones extended his support for the formation of Craighead County in the legislature, and in recognition of his effort, Jonesboro was named after him.

Jonesboro and nearby Attractions

  • Hampson Museum
  • Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum
  • Parkin Archeological State Park
  • Memphis Zoo

Things To Do In Jonesboro

While staying in the city, you can visit Craighead Forest County Park and the West Washington Avenue Historic District. It is also worth visiting the many churches in the city. Crowley's Ridge State Park and Lake Frierson State Park offer facilities for camping, boating, trail, and fishing. One can shop at the Airport Center Shopping Center, Highland Square Shopping Center, West Mart Center Shopping Center, Indian Mall Shopping Center, and Caraway Plaza Shopping Center.

Jonesboro Transportation

The Millington Muni Airport is nearby.

Jonesboro Higher Education

Arkansas State University-Main Campus, University of Memphis, South west Tennessee Community College-Union Campus, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 71,576
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 31,150
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,191
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,970
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,051

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,812
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $691
Median House Value $141,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 10.2%

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

Jonesboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 60 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Craighead
Metro Area Jonesboro
Standard Zip Codes 72401, 72404
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72402, 72403
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.842
Longitude -90.704

Jonesboro 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 JONESBORO 4 N
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station BEEDEVILLE 4 NE
Distance 32.4 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 45 F
Apr Temp 50 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station NEWPORT
Distance 35.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bay 1,973 $37,279
Bono 2,488 $42,833
Brookland 2,503 $41,868
Cash 348 $35,417
Egypt 111 $36,250
Sedgwick 147 $52,750

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

Jonesboro Public Libraries

Library
Crowley Ridge Regional
315 W. OAK AVENUE
Jonesboro, Arkansas
(870) 935-5133
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Jonesboro Hospitals

NEA MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
3024 STADIUM BOULEVARD
(870) 972-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

SURGICAL HOSPITAL OF JONESBORO, LLC,THE
(Proprietary)
909 ENTERPRISE DRIVE
(870) 336-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

ST BERNARDS MEDICAL CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
225 E JACKSON
(870) 972-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Jonesboro High Schools

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JONESBORO HIGH SCHOOL
301 HURRICANE DRIVE
870-933-5881
Serves 1,014 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

VALLEY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
2118-B VALLEY VIEW DR.
870-935-6361
A Title I School.
Serves 688 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
1630 HWY. 91 W.
870-935-7501
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 591 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

NETTLETON HIGH SCHOOL
4201 CHIEFTAIN LANE
870-910-7805
Serves 498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

JONESBORO AREA TECHNICAL CENTER
1727 SOUTH MAIN
870-933-5891
A Vocational School

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