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The City of Van Buren had a population of 22,947 as of July 1, 2022. Van Buren ranks in the upper 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 Van Buren is located at latitude 35.4368 and longitude -94.3483 in Crawford County. The formal boundaries for the City of Van Buren 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 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.

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

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Van Buren, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 22,947 (100%)
Population in Households 22,545 (98.2%)
Population in Families 18,884 (82.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 402 ( 1.8%)
Population Density 1,488
Diversity Index2 56


Median Household Income $49,211
Average Household Income $68,300
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $26,103
Wealth Index5 53


Total HU (Housing Units) 9,445 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,543 (58.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,166 (33.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 736 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $138,560
Average Home Value $151,502
Housing Affordability Index3 171


Total Households 8,709
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 6,141
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.52% -0.06%
Households -0.34% 0.01%
Families   -0.02%
Median Household Income   2.14%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
Owner Occupied HU   0.13%

Van Buren, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Van Buren to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 97th
Population Density # 18 97th
Median Household Income # 270 57th
Housing Affordability Index # 287 46th
Per Capita Income # 341 46th
Diversity Index # 108 83rd

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