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The 2000 Census showed that Prairie County had a population of 9,539 people. This represented 0.36% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 67th most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Prairie had a population of 8,582 people. This is a decrease of 10.03% 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
20108,715-8.64%+1.55% since 2009
20098,582-10.03%-0.87% since 2008
20088,657-9.25%-1.78% since 2007
20078,814-7.6%-0.7% since 2006
20068,876-6.95%-0.85% since 2005
20058,952-6.15%-0.95% since 2004
20049,038-5.25%-2.29% since 2003
20039,250-3.03%-1.39% since 2002
20029,380-1.67%-1.25% since 2001
20019,499-0.42%-0.42% since 2000
20009,539The Last Census

Prairie County had 4,790 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Prairie County has a total area<3> of 675 square miles [1,750 km²]. Of this total, 645 square miles [1,672 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (4.41%) being water (29.83 square miles [77.3 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Prairie County had a population density of 14.77 people per square mile [5.7 people/km²], making it the state's 68th 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 Prairie County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Prairie and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Prairie County QuickFact (QF-05117).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ArkansasQF-05001   S18,97120,749-8.57%
LonokeQF-05085   W66,67752,82826.22%
MonroeQF-05095   E8,17110,254-20.31%
WhiteQF-05145   N76,33867,16513.66%
WoodruffQF-05147   NE7,3598,741-15.81%

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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 Prairie. 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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