Gillett, Arkansas

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Gillett, Arkansas
City
Arkansas County Arkansas Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Gillett Highlighted 0526980.svg
Location of Gillett in Arkansas County, Arkansas.
Coordinates: 34°7′9″N91°22′49″W / 34.11917°N 91.38028°W / 34.11917; -91.38028 Coordinates: 34°7′9″N91°22′49″W / 34.11917°N 91.38028°W / 34.11917; -91.38028
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Arkansas
Area [1]
  Total 1.00 sq mi (2.58 km2)
  Land 1.00 sq mi (2.58 km2)
  Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 184 ft (56 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 691
  Estimate (2017) [2] 690
  Density 692.77/sq mi (267.37/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72055
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-26980
GNIS feature ID 0077017

Gillett is a city in Arkansas County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 691 at the 2010 census. [3] Gillett is the home of the annual Gillett Coon Supper. The Arkansas Post National Memorial is located southeast of the town.

Arkansas County, Arkansas County in the United States

Arkansas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,019. Located in the Arkansas Delta, the county has two county seats, De Witt and Stuttgart.

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.

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The largest alligator ever killed in Arkansas was harpooned near Gillett on September 19, 2010. The thirteen-foot one-inch reptile weighed 680 pounds.

Geography

Gillett is located at 34°7′9″N91°22′49″W / 34.11917°N 91.38028°W / 34.11917; -91.38028 (34.119216, -91.380323). [4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) is land and 0.95% 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.

Education

The community is served by the DeWitt School District, including Gillett Elementary School, DeWitt Middle School, and DeWitt High School. Gillett High School served the community until its 2009 closure. [5]

DeWitt School District is a school district based in the town of DeWitt, Arkansas, United States. The DeWitt School District is geographically the state's largest school district with 872.29 square miles (2,259.2 km2) of land and 46.18 square miles (119.6 km2) of water, encompassing portions of the Arkansas County, Jefferson County, and Desha County.

DeWitt High School (Arkansas)

DeWitt High School is a comprehensive public high school located in the rural, fringe community of De Witt, Arkansas, United States. The school provides secondary education for students in grades 9 through 12. DeWitt is one of two public high schools in Arkansas County, Arkansas and the sole high school administered by the DeWitt School District.

Gillett High School (Arkansas)

Gillett High School was a public secondary school in Gillett, Arkansas, located in Arkansas County. It was originally a part of the Gillett School District and became a part of the DeWitt School District on July 1, 2004. Gillett High closed in 2009, and high school students in Gillett now attend DeWitt High School.

On July 1, 2004, the Gillett School District, along with the Humphrey School District, consolidated into the DeWitt district. [6]

The Gillett School District, also known as Gillett Public Schools was a school district headquartered in Gillett, Arkansas.

Humphrey School District No. 7 was a school district operating public schools serving Humphrey, Arkansas. It was administratively divided into two schools: Humphrey Elementary School and Humphrey High School.

Gillett Elementary School serves prekindergarten through grade 5. [7] The current facility was built in the 1950s. In 2010 the school had 81 students, and in 2012 the school had 74 students. In 2012 the DeWitt School District board voted in favor of closing Gillett Elementary, but it had to ask the Arkansas Board of Education for approval of the closure. [5] The state board denied the closure request 5-2. [7] Several area donors promised to raise $68,000 per year to keep the school open. [5]

Parks and recreation

The Gillett Coon Supper, held every year, was used to finance the Gillett High American football team; it became a scholarship fundraiser when the high school closed. [5]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1910 256
1920 1,155351.2%
1930 870−24.7%
1940 781−10.2%
1950 774−0.9%
1960 87412.9%
1970 860−1.6%
1980 9277.8%
1990 883−4.7%
2000 819−7.2%
2010 691−15.6%
Est. 2017690 [2] −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
2014 Estimate [9]

As of the census [10] of 2000, there were 819 people, 356 households, and 242 families residing in the city. The population density was 783.5 people per square mile (301.2/km²). There were 433 housing units at an average density of 414.3/sq mi (159.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.18% White, 12.58% Black or African American, 1.20% Native American, 1.02% from other races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 356 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,538, and the median income for a family was $36,719. Males had a median income of $27,308 versus $19,219 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,247. About 12.1% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

Coon Supper

Since the 1940s, the town has held an annual "Coon Supper", a fundraiser in which attendees are served raccoon meat. The Wall Street Journal described it as a "rite of passage" for Arkansas politicians. [11] Bill Clinton was involved in a plane crash on the way to the supper in 1987. [12]

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