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Overview

Introduction to Newport, Arkansas

Newport, Arkansas, in Jackson county, is 36 miles SW of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 76 miles NW of Memphis, Tennessee.

Newport History

Newport was incorporated on October 16, 1875. It is the county seat of Jackson County, which was founded on November 5, 1829. It is located on White River and has deep agricultural ties. Newport is a rural community. The name 'Newport' was recorded first in an announcement of land sales in 1837. It is the hometown of Michael Dale Beebe, who became the Governor of Arkansas in 1992; Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart; and Mary Steenburgen, the Academy Award-winning actress.

Newport and nearby Attractions

  • Iron Mountain Depot
  • Old Independence regional Museum
  • Parkin Archeological State Park
  • Jackson State Park
  • Arnett's Doll Museum

Things To Do In Newport

While staying in the city, one can visit the many museums such as the Old Independence regional Museum and Arnett's Doll Museum. One can also enjoy a day trip to Jackson Port State Park, Hines Park, Remmel Park, and U.S. Roller Rink, which offer a range of recreational and amusement facilities. One can also visit the Jackson County Library and the many Methodist, Baptis, and Episcopal churches in the city. The city hosts several events and festival including the annual Portfest 'Rollin' on the River Festival.

Newport Transportation

Little Rock AFB Airport provides air transportation facilities.

New Port Higher Education

Harding University, Arkansas State University-Main Campus, Arkansas State University Beebe Branch, University of Central Arkansas, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,781
Male Share of the Population41.5%
Female Share of the Population58.5%
Senior Citizens13.8%
Employed Population 16+1,728
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married24.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher10.5%
Median Earnings25+$19,347
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$16,837

Wealth

Median Family Income$32,904
% Above Poverty Level62.7%
% Below Poverty Level37.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone41.6%
Median Gross Rent$546
Median House Value$78,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)36.8%
Irish12.5%
German9.7%
English6.3%
African4.3%
French Except Basque2.2%
Italian1.1%
Scottish0.8%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Polish0.2%
Czech0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Greek0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Newport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jackson County
Standard Zip Codes72112
Phone Area Codes870
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude35.62
Approximate Longitude-91.23

Newport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEWPORT
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp28 to 46 F
Apr Temp51 to 71 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 74 F
Annual Precip48.8 inches
StationBATESVILLE LIVESTOCK
Distance33.1 miles
Jan Temp28 to 49 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 94 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip46.6 inches
StationJONESBORO 4 N
Distance37.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 45 F
Apr Temp49 to 71 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip46.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Diaz1,407$26,701
Grubbs518$36,458
Jacksonport129$49,583
Newark1,276$43,906
Oil Trough222$40,556
Tuckerman2,088$39,844

Newport Public Libraries

W.a. Billingsley/jackson County Library
213 WALNUT STREET
Newport, Arkansas
(870) 523-2952

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Newport Hospitals

Harris Hospital
1205 Mclain Street
(870) 523-8911

Newport Public Schools

Newport Elementary School
1700 Commerce Blvd
ZIP: 72112
Primary
Total Enrollment 806
Newport High School
406 Wilkerson Dr
ZIP: 72112
High
Total Enrollment 560
Newport Junior High School
406 Wilkerson Dr
ZIP: 72112
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