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The 2000 Census showed that Clay County had a population of 17,609 people. This represented 0.66% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 45th most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Clay had a population of 15,585 people. This is a decrease of 11.49% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201016,083-8.67%+3.2% since 2009
200915,585-11.49%-1.2% since 2008
200815,774-10.42%-1.83% since 2007
200716,068-8.75%-1.51% since 2006
200616,315-7.35%-1.02% since 2005
200516,483-6.39%-0.63% since 2004
200416,588-5.8%-1.08% since 2003
200316,769-4.77%-1.2% since 2002
200216,972-3.62%-1.65% since 2001
200117,256-2%-2% since 2000
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200017,609The Last Census

Clay County had 8,498 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Clay County has a total area<3> of 641 square miles [1,661 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (2.12 square miles [5.48 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Clay County had a population density of 27.54 people per square mile [10.63 people/km²], making it the state's 42nd most densely populated county (out of 75 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Clay County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Clay and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Clay County QuickFact (QF-05021).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Clay County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
GreeneQF-05055   S40,99637,3319.82%
RandolphQF-05121   W17,95218,195-1.34%
Butler (MO)QF-29023   N41,47140,8671.48%
Dunklin (MO)QF-29069   E31,03933,155-6.38%
Ripley (MO)QF-29181   NW13,39513,509-0.84%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Clay. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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