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The 2000 Census showed that Desha County had a population of 15,341 people. This represented 0.57% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 51st most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Desha had a population of 13,358 people. This is a decrease of 12.93% 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.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201013,008-15.21%-2.62% since 2009
200913,358-12.93%-0.89% since 2008
200813,478-12.14%-1.73% since 2007
200713,715-10.6%-2.15% since 2006
200614,016-8.64%-0.72% since 2005
200514,118-7.97%-1.8% since 2004
200414,377-6.28%-0.75% since 2003
200314,485-5.58%-1.11% since 2002
200214,647-4.52%-2.31% since 2001
200114,993-2.27%-2.27% since 2000
200015,341The Last Census

Desha County had 6,663 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Desha County has a total area<3> of 819 square miles [2,122 km²]. Of this total, 764 square miles [1,981 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (6.65%) being water (54.5 square miles [141.2 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Desha County had a population density of 20.05 people per square mile [7.74 people/km²], making it the state's 56th 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 Desha County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Desha and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Desha County QuickFact (QF-05041).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ArkansasQF-05001   N18,97120,749-8.57%
ChicotQF-05017   S11,82314,117-16.25%
DrewQF-05043   SW18,62418,723-0.53%
LincolnQF-05079   NW13,55314,492-6.48%
PhillipsQF-05107   NE20,92126,445-20.89%
Bolivar (MS)QF-28011   E36,76640,633-9.52%

The Mississippi River runs along the eastern border of the county.

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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 Desha. 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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