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Shirley, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The Town of Shirley had a population of 289 as of July 1, 2016. Shirley ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Shirley is located at latitude 35.6425 and longitude -92.313 in Van Buren County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Shirley (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Van Buren County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 551 feet.

The Town of Shirley (GNIS ID: 2407328) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Shirley is located within Township of Union, a minor civil division (MCD) of Van Buren County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Shirley population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Shirley, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 289
Population in Households 284
Population in Familes 218
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density1 121
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 133
Average Household Size 2.14
Family Households 80
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 166 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 99 (59.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 35 (21.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 33 (19.9%)
Median Home Value $104,167
Average Home Value $114,175


Median Household Income $36,454
Average Household Income $40,744
Per Capita Income $20,286
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.11% -0.14%
Households 0.12% 0.0%
Families -1.51% -0.25%
Median Household Income   2.14%
Per Capita Income   2.12%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Shirley, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Shirley to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 378 31st
Population Density1 # 476 12th
Diversity Index2 # 451 17th
Median Household Income # 281 48th
Per Capita Income # 238 56th

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