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Perla, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The Town of Perla had a population of 244 as of July 1, 2020. Perla ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Perla is located at latitude 34.3645 and longitude -92.7716 in Hot Spring County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Perla encompass a land area of 0.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Hot Spring County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 335 feet.

The Town of Perla (GNIS ID: 2407099) 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 Perla is located within Township of Fenter, a minor civil division (MCD) of Hot Spring County.


Perla, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 244 (100%)
Population in Households 243 (99.6%)
Population in Families 193 (79.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1 ( 0.4%)
Population Density 254
Diversity Index2 52


Median Household Income $34,014
Average Household Income $49,188
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $20,806
Wealth Index5 39


Total HU (Housing Units) 134 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 71 (53.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 41 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 22 (16.4%)
Median Home Value $82,857
Average Home Value $95,714
Housing Affordability Index3 273


Total Households 112
Average Household Size 2.17
Family Households 71
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.16% 0.16%
Households 0.18% 0.18%
Families 1.49% 0.0%
Median Household Income   1.85%
Per Capita Income   2.33%
Owner Occupied HU   0.0%


Perla, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Perla to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 407 25th
Population Density # 369 32nd
Median Household Income # 425 21st
Housing Affordability Index # 341 63rd
Per Capita Income # 338 38th
Diversity Index # 131 76th

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