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Van Buren, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The City of Van Buren had a population of 22,998 as of July 1, 2017. Van Buren ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Van Buren is located at latitude 35.4486 and longitude -94.352 in Crawford County. The formal boundaries for the City of Van Buren (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.3 sq. miles and a water area of 0.85 sq. miles. Crawford County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 413 feet.

The City of Van Buren (GNIS ID: 2405637) 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 City of Van Buren is located within Township of Van Buren, a minor civil division (MCD) of Crawford County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Van Buren population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Van Buren: Phillips Landing, Vanburen.

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Van Buren, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 22,998
Daytime Population: Workers 12,929
Daytime Population: Residents 13,279
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 26,208
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.14
Population in Households 22,574
Population in Familes 19,041
Population in Group Qrtrs 424
Population Density2 1,503
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $40,146
Average Household Income $52,374
Per Capita Income $20,134


Total Housing Units 9,591 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,495 (57.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,119 (32.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 977 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $119,553
Average Home Value $142,832


Total Households 8,614
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 6,130
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.12% 0.13%
Households 0.27% 0.22%
Families 0.15% 0.12%
Median Household Income   0.74%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

Van Buren, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Van Buren to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 22 96th
Population Density # 15 97th
Diversity Index # 143 74th
Median Household Income # 189 65th
Per Capita Income # 317 41st

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