Harrison, Arkansas

Historic downtown Harrison

From Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt.

Harrison is a city in Boone County, Arkansas, United States. It is the county seat of Boone County. It is named after General Marcus LaRue Harrison, a surveyor who laid out the city along Crooked Creek at Stifler Springs. According to 2019 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 13,080, up from 12,943 at the 2010 census and it is the 30th largest city in Arkansas based on official 2019 estimates from the US Census Bureau. Harrison is the principal city of the Harrison Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Boone and Newton counties.

The predominantly white community is noted for its history of racism, which includes two race riots in the early 20th century and an influx of white supremacist activity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Because of this, it has been described by a number of sources as the most racist town in America. 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.8 km2), of which 11.1 square miles (28.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.26%, is water.

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Boone County Airport in Harrison, AR.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 582
1890 1,438 147.1%
1900 1,551 7.9%
1910 1,602 3.3%
1920 3,477 117.0%
1930 3,626 4.3%
1940 4,238 16.9%
1950 5,542 30.8%
1960 6,580 18.7%
1970 7,239 10.0%
1980 9,567 32.2%
1990 9,922 3.7%
2000 12,152 22.5%
2010 12,943 6.5%
Est. 2019 13,080   1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census 

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,943 people and 6,043 housing units in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23.2% of the population was under the age of 18, and 19.0% were 65 years of age or older. Females made up 53.1% of the population, and males made up 46.9% of the population.

The median income for the period 2007–11 for a household in the city was $33,244, and the number of people living below the poverty level was 15.1%. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $108,700.


Harrison is home of the general office of FedEx Freight, a leading Less-Than-Load (LTL) freight carrier. Arkansas Freightways, later renamed to American Freightways, was combined with Viking Freight to become FedEx Freight in February 2001.

Walmart store #2 opened in 1965.

Claridge Products and Equipment, Inc., is one of the largest Visual Display Board manufacturers in the world. It has been in business for over 60 years. It is a family-owned business and has been certified as a business owned and controlled by a woman from the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).

Major employers 

  • FedEx Freight Inc. (Trucking and distribution)
  • North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (Medical services)
  • Walmart Inc. (Retail)
  • Pace Industries (Aluminum die-casting)
  • Claridge Products and Equipment, Inc. (Markerboards, chalkboards and bulletin boards)
  • Windstream (Telecommunications)
  • Wabash Wood Products (Trailer floor manufacturing)
  • North Arkansas College (Education)
  • Flexsteel Industries Inc. (Furniture)
  • WestRock, formerly RockTenn Company (Folding Paperboard Cartons) 

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Courthouse Square, located in the National Historic District.


The Boone County Courthouse, built in 1909, and the Boone County Jail, built in 1914, were both designed by architect Charles L. Thompson and are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Hotel Seville

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America’s first National River. Buffalo National River located just south of Harrison, AR.

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  1. germanicunity · August 19, 2020

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