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Overview

Introduction to Mena, Arkansas

Mena, Arkansas, in Polk county, is 56 miles S of Fort Smith, Arkansa (center to center) and 146 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mena History

Mena was founded by Arthur Sitwell, president of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. It was incorporated on September 18, 1896. The main goal was to make it a boarding point for west-central Arkansas, and an offload point for the Rich Mountain Resort. One tradition claims Mena was named after the Queen of Netherlands-Wilhelmina. Another claims it was named after the mother of John A. DeGoeijen, a railroad investor. However, some believe it was named after Sitwell's wife. Mena is the county seat of Polk County, which was established on November 30, 1844.

Mena and nearby Attractions

  • Blythe's Museum
  • Crater of Diamonds State park Museum
  • Spiro Mounds
  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Things To Do In Mena

The Museum of the Red River and Bob Burns Museum are some of the museums one can visit in Mena. The Blythe's Museum and Crater of Diamond State Park Museum are also worth visiting. The city also has several churches and libraries. There are many parks that offer a range of recreational facilities such as Cossatot River State Park, Janssen Park, and Lee McMillian Memorial Park. Golfers can enjoy their leisure time at the Lionsk Club Golf Course. The Northside Shopping Center is also a popular tourist haunt. Mena also hosts the Hamfest, Lum, and Abner Festival and the Mountain Fest every year.

Mena Transportation

One can avail air transport from Fort Smith Regional Airport.

Mena Higher Education

Rich Mountain Community College and Mountain View School of Cosmetology offer opportunities for higher education at Mena. Other colleges and universities in the area are Westark College, Henderson State University, and Arkansas Tech University.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,674
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens23.7%
Employed Population 16+1,979
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married41.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher11.8%
Median Earnings25+$23,106
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,909
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,195

Wealth

Median Family Income$35,862
% Above Poverty Level72.1%
% Below Poverty Level27.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone40.5%
Median Gross Rent$526
Median House Value$79,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.9%
German19.4%
Irish15%
English8.9%
Scottish5.7%
French Except Basque3.2%
Welsh2.5%
Italian2.3%
Greek1.1%
Polish1.1%
Norwegian0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Dutch0.5%
Jamaican0.3%
Arab0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Russian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Mena Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes71953
Phone Area Codes479
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.58
Approximate Longitude-94.23

Mena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMENA
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationSMITHVILLE
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 50 F
Apr Temp44 to 72 F
Jul Temp65 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 74 F
Annual Precip55.7 inches
StationPOTEAU WATER WORKS
Distance38.6 miles
Jan Temp26 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 94 F
Oct Temp47 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cove389$39,219
Grannis707$40,221
Hatfield396$29,583
Vandervoort89$18,333
Waldron3,472$30,833
Wickes895$32,734

Mena Hospitals

Mena Regional Health System
(Government - Local)
311 North Morrow Street
(479) 394-6100

Mena Public Schools

Acorn Elementary School
143 Polk 96
ZIP: 71953
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Mena Middle School
320r Mena St
ZIP: 71953
Middle
Total Enrollment 375
Holly Harshman Elem. School
1000 Geyer Dr
ZIP: 71953
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Mena High School
700 S Morrow St
ZIP: 71953
High
Total Enrollment 549
Acorn High School
143 Polk 96
ZIP: 71953
Other
Total Enrollment 293
Louise Durham Elem. School
106 N Reine St
ZIP: 71953
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
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