Bull Shoals, Arkansas

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Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Marion County Arkansas Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Bull Shoals Highlighted 0509790.svg
Location of Bull Shoals in Marion County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 36°22′51″N92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556 Coordinates: 36°22′51″N92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Marion
Area
[1]
  Total4.98 sq mi (12.88 km2)
  Land4.90 sq mi (12.69 km2)
  Water0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
Elevation
801 ft (244 m)
Population
  Total1,950
  Estimate 
(2017) [2]
1,944
  Density396.73/sq mi (153.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72619
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-09790
GNIS feature ID0076463
Website www.cityofbullshoals.org

Bull Shoals is a city in Marion County, Arkansas, United States, founded in 1954. The population was 1,950 at the 2010 census. Primarily a retirement and vacation center, Bull Shoals is bordered in three directions by the clear, deep, man-made Bull Shoals Lake.

Marion County, Arkansas County in the United States

Marion County is located in the Ozark Mountains in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The county is named for Francis Marion, the famous "Swamp Fox" of the Revolutionary War. Created as Arkansas's 35th county in 1836, Marion County is home to one incorporated town and four incorporated cities, including Yellville, the county seat. The county is also the site of numerous unincorporated communities and ghost towns. The county included part of what is now Searcy County, Arkansas, with many opposing to dividing them, which helped fueled the bloody Tutt-Everett War between 1844 and 1850.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

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History

The town was created by real estate developers C. S. Woods and C. S. Woods Jr. and was officially established in 1954. Bull Shoals Dam is the threshold into the town from the southeast.

Bull Shoals Dam

Bull Shoals Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the White River in northern Arkansas in the United States. The dam lies on the border of Marion and Baxter Counties, and forms Bull Shoals Lake, which extends well northwest into Missouri. Its main purposes are hydroelectricity production and flood control.

Bull Shoals Dam and the town of Bull Shoals developed together. The developers bought several tracts of the former Newton Flat settlement when they learned that the government planned to build a flood-control and power-generating concrete dam at the site. Construction of the dam took four years, from 1947 to 1951, resulting in one of the largest dams built in the nation at that time.

Geography

Bull Shoals is located at 36°22′51″N92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556 (36.380815, -92.585609). [3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), of which 5.0 square miles (13 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.00%) is water.

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Missouri State of the United States of America

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1960 268
1970 43060.4%
1980 1,312205.1%
1990 1,53416.9%
2000 2,00030.4%
2010 1,950−2.5%
Est. 20171,944 [2] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [4]
2014 Estimate [5]

As of the census [6] of 2010, there were 1,950 people, 1,014 households, and 650 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.0 people per square mile (155.7/km²). There were 1,226 housing units at an average density of 247.0 per square mile (95.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.05% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 1,014 households out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.39.

In the city, the population was spread out with 11.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 16.1% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 38.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,139, and the median income for a family was $34,219. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $16,950 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,636. About 9.1% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Culture

Bull Shoals has been honored as an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year for five years.

Liquidforce and Brostock 2010 [7] chose Bull Shoals as the location of their professional wakeboarding tournament in July 2010 and June 2011. The lake has also hosted numerous professional Bass and Walleye fishing tournaments over the years. Additionally, the city co-hosts the annual HillBilly Chili Cookoff [8] selecting Arkansas' Best Chili to compete internationally in the International Chili Society competitions.

Government

Bull Shoals has a mayor/council form of government with 6 council members. [9] The current Mayor of Bull Shoals is Dr. David Nixon. The previous Mayor was Bruce Powell a retired Chicago policeman. Following Powell's election in 2010, a recall drive was initiated against the mayor and four members of the city council. [10] Over 400 signatures were gathered to have the then-mayor-elect recalled. The effort was stalled due to an Arkansas state law that prevents citizens from recalling elected officials until they have served at least six months in office. [11]

Incoming District 17 Arkansas State Senator Scott Flippo is a businessman in Bull Shoals but resides in his native Mountain Home.

Notable person

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