Introduction to Magnolia, Arkansas

Magnolia, Arkansas, in Columbia county, is 59 miles NE of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center) and 209 miles E of Dallas, Texas.

Magnolia History

Magnolia was founded in 1853. It was incorporated in 1858. In the early years, the city developed as an agricultural community as well as a regional cotton market. In March, 1938, the Magnolia Oil Field was discovered by the Kerr-Lynn Company. It became the largest oil producing field of the time. Magnolia is the county seat of Columbia County, which was established on December 17, 1852, and was named after the goddess Columbia.

Magnolia and nearby Attractions

  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
  • Old Washington Historic State Park
  • South Arkansas Arts Center
  • Logoly State Park

Things To Do In Magnolia

One can visit the Cloc Regional Library and the ASA G. Garrett Memorial Library. There are a number of churches in Magnolia including the Westside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, and the First United Methodist Church. There are several parks in the city such as Eastside Park, Southside Park, and Hospital Park which offer a range of recreational facilities. One can also visit the Columbia Shopping Center.

Magnolia Transportation

Those wishing to travel by air can do so from the Texarkana Regional-Webb Field Airport.

Magnolia Higher Education

Residents of Magnolia can obtain higher educational opportunities from Henderson State University, Bossier Parish Community College, Grambling State University, and Louisiana State University.


Total Population 11,690
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,946
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 39.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,190
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,692
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,882


Median Family Income $41,190
% Above Poverty Level 68.3%
% Below Poverty Level 31.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $626
Median House Value $108,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 6.6%

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

Magnolia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 59 miles NE of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 209 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 71753
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71754
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.266
Longitude -93.239

Magnolia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station CAMDEN 1
Distance 32.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 53 inches
Distance 36.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Village (71753)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buckner 280 $51,000
Emerson 319 $43,750
McNeil 514 $19,931
Stamps 1,840 $33,125
Stephens 1,012 $36,635
Waldo 1,279 $27,313

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

Magnolia Public Libraries

Columbia County Library
Magnolia, Arkansas
(870) 234-1991

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Magnolia Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(870) 235-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Magnolia High Schools

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Serves 627 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

A Title I School.
Serves 97 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

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