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Shirley, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The Town of Shirley had a population of 269 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 269
Daytime Population: Workers 341
Daytime Population: Residents 183
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 524
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.95
Population in Households 264
Population in Familes 202
Population in Group Qrtrs 5
Population Density2 112
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $38,125
Average Household Income $43,374
Per Capita Income $21,458


Total Housing Units 165 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 93 (56.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 31 (18.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 41 (24.8%)
Median Home Value $105,556
Average Home Value $116,304


Total Households 124
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 74
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 -1.08% -0.91%
Households -0.86% -0.82%
Families -2.36% -0.82%
Median Household Income   0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.72%

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, 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 # 387 29th
Population Density # 478 12th
Diversity Index # 466 14th
Median Household Income # 260 52nd
Per Capita Income # 220 59th

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