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.


Total Population 5,692
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 23.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,176
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,314
% Above Poverty Level 81.5%
% Below Poverty Level 18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 40.8%
Median Gross Rent $443
Median House Value $80,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 13.8%

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

Mena Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 56 miles S of Fort Smith, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 146 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Polk
Standard Zip Codes 71953
Phone Area Codes 479
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.586
Longitude -94.239

Mena Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MENA
Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 50 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.7 inches
Distance 38.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 94 F
Oct Temp 47 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Acorn (71953)

Big Fork (71953)

Black Fork (71953)

Dallas (71953)

Ink (71953)

Menos (71953)

Mountain Fork (71953)

Nunley (71953)

Potter (71953)

Potter Junction (71953)

Rocky (71953)

Yocana (71953)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cove 433 $37,917
Grannis 600 $41,513
Hatfield 449 $22,037
Vandervoort 80 $19,000
Waldron 3,505 $30,893
Wickes 716 $31,250

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

Mena Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(479) 394-6100
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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