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Gentry, Arkansas

  •   State: 
    Benton County
      County all: 
    Benton | Washington
      County FIPS: 
    05007 | 05143
    36°15′27″N 94°29′24″W
      Area total: 
    5.20 sq mi (13.47 km²)
      Area land: 
    5.17 sq mi (13.40 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.03 sq mi (0.06 km²)
    1,191 ft (363 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    732.51 residents per square mile of area (282.82/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Gentry began as a rural Ozark agricultural community named Orchard City. The town began to grow when the Kansas City Southern Railroad was constructed through the town. The city celebrated its centennial in 1994 and held a 110th Birthday Bash in 2004. Gentry is located at 36°161N 94°293W (36.266899, -94.484304) The city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), of which 0.019 sq miles (0.05 km²) is water. The population of Gentry was 3,158 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Gentry will have a population of 3,200 by the end of the 2020 census year. The state of Arkansas is in the state of Benton County, where the city is located. The county has a history of being known for its apple orchards and other produce. The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari is home to a variety of exotic animals and consists of a 4 miles (6 km) drive-through, petting parks and walk-through areas for interaction with the animals. In 1983, the McKee Foods Corporation (then known as McKee Baking Company) opened its manufacturing facility in Gentry. SWEPCO Lake (shown on maps as "Lake Flint Creek") is used for fishing and recreation, and is located 1 mile (1.6km) west of the city limits. The power plant is a coal-fueled electric generating facility called Flint Creek Power Plant.


Gentry is the primary city name, but also Springtown are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Gentry, Arkansas. Gentry began as a rural Ozark agricultural community named Orchard City. The town began to grow when the Kansas City Southern Railroad was constructed through the town. In the 1950s, the city purchased its own water company. In 1983, the McKee Foods Corporation (then known as McKee Baking Company) opened its manufacturing facility in Gentry. The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari was established north of town in the early 1970s. The city celebrated its centennial in 1994 and held a 110th Birthday Bash in 2004. Today SWEPCO continues to provide electrical power, and "Lake Flint Creek" is used for fishing and recreation. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the city limits, is a coal-fueled electric generating facility called Flint Creek Power Plant. It was known as one of the nicest depots on the railway in the 1920s and 1930s. It remains the main highway through the city, linking Gentry with other west Benton County communities. A new Arkansas Highway 12 bypass was built on the southern edge of town to ease traffic through downtown in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1998, Gentry was expanding water lines into rural areas surrounding the community. At the beginning of the 21st century, the City Council voted to buy a water tank for $1,650 from the War Assets Corporation in Kentucky. The building now houses the city's police department and courtroom. It also houses the first auditorium at the intersection of Main and Collins streets.


Gentry is located at 36°161N 94°293W (36.266899, -94.484304) at the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 59.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²), of which 0.019 sq miles (0.05 km²) or 0.44% is water. Gentry is home to the U.S. Air Force Base, which is located in Gentry's central business district. The city is also home to Gentry High School, a private high school that was founded in the 1930s. The Gentry School District was established in the 1950s. It was the first high school in the state to graduate from high school. The school district has a history of more than 50 years of continuous enrollment. It has been the site of several high school and college programs, including the Gentry College of Arts and Sciences and Gentry State College of Science and Technology. It is also the home of the University of Gentry, a public school with a history that dates back to the 18th century. The town has a population of about 2,000 people, most of whom live in the central part of the city. It also has a post-secondary school, which has a enrollment of about 1,000 students, and a community college with a total enrollment of 1,200 students. The City has a water supply of about 0.01 square miles, or less than 0.1 square miles.


As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 3,790 people, 1,449 households, and 1,076 families residing in the city. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 75.4% non-Hispanic white, 0.2% black, 5.6% Native American, 4.2%. The city's population was spread out, with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13. 4% who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.06. The median income for a household in the the city was $31,765, and the median income. for a family was $37,569. The per capita income for the city is $14,309. About 11.7%. of the city's residents are below the poverty line. The city has a population of 3,158, with a population density of 908.3 inhabitants per square mile (350.7/km²) The city is located on the Ohio River, which runs through the town of Gentry. It is located in the eastern part of the state, near the Ohio Turnpike. The town's population is 2,165, with an average age of 29.7 years old (as of the 2010 census).


Gentry's largest employer is McKee Foods Corporation, maker of the famous Little Debbie and Sunbelt snacks. The company thrift store is located on the corner of Arkansas Highway 59 and Main Street. Tufco Flooring was started back in the 1960s by Paul, Donald, and Frank Cox. It now has franchises all over the U.S. with three in Gentry alone. They are producers of industrial flooring, specializing in the food processing industry. Gentry is home to more than 160 businesses, including restaurants, bed and breakfast establishments, small industry/manufacturing plants, retail stores and service-oriented businesses. The town has a population of 2,000 people and is located in the eastern part of the Arkansas Bootheel, a region known for its hard-to-reach rural areas. The city is located at the junction of Highway 59, Main Street, and the Arkansas Turnpike, which runs through Gentry. It is the only town in the bootheel that has a post office, which was established in the early 1900s. It was the first post office in the state, and it is still the only post office that serves the Bootheels. It has been the site of the town's only hospital for more than 30 years, which opened in the late 1950s. The community has been home to the same hospital since the 1950s, when it was first built. It also has one of the country's first post offices, which is now located on Highway 59 near the town center.


The Gentry School District has more than 1,400 students. Siloam Springs High School is the comprehensive high school of the district. Ozark Adventist School (K-8th grade) and Ozark Academy (grades 9-12) are sponsored and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Gentry High School mascot is the Pioneer, with maroon and white serving as the school colors. The district also has a girls and boys dormitory for students that are not living in the local area. The school district has a total of more than 2,000 students. It is the largest school district in Gentry, with more than half of the city's students living in its district. It also has the largest number of teachers in the state, with over 1,000 teachers in total. It has one of the largest public high schools in the United States, with about 1,200 students in its high school district. The city also has two public elementary schools, with around 1,100 students in each grade. The high school has a large number of students in the middle school and high school. The middle school has about 2,500 students in grades 7-12, and a high school with about 700 students in 6th grade and up. The elementary school has an average of about 1.5 students per year, and the high school is about 2.5 per year. The town has a population of about 3,000 people, with the majority of the residents living in and around the Gentry district.

Faith organizations

Gentry has an active faith community with churches of many different affiliations, including Seventh-day Adventist, United Methodist, Baptist, Church of Christ, Assemblies of God, Rastafarian and Mennonite. Most denominations offer programs for youth and families as well as regular worship services. A community-wide Thanksgiving program is hosted each year by one of the local churches. Gentry is a small town with a population of about 2,000. The town is located in the eastern part of the county. It is located on the banks of the Ohio River. The community has a history of being active in its faith community, including the founding of the Gentry Church in 1852. The Gentry church was established in 1854. It was the first African-American church in the U.S. and is still in operation today. The church has been in existence since 1854 and has a congregation of about 1,000 people. It also has a school, a library, a health center and a community center. The city has a number of businesses, including a bank, a post office, a bank and a hospital. It has also been known to host the National Black History Month celebration in the fall of each year. It will be the first time in the history of the town that the town has hosted the national Black History month in the summer of 2013. The year before, the town celebrated its 100th anniversary in the spring of 2013 with a celebration of black history and culture.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas = 83. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 76. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 99. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Gentry = 4.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 3,790 individuals with a median age of 32.4 age the population grows by 8.14% in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 732.51 residents per square mile of area (282.82/km²). There are average 2.56 people per household in the 914 households with an average household income of $37,728 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.30% of the available work force and has dropped -1.53% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.64%. The number of physicians in Gentry per 100,000 population = 118.


The annual rainfall in Gentry = 44.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 9.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 98. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 216. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 23.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 33, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas which are owned by the occupant = 53.17%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 29 years with median home cost = $90,980 and home appreciation of -8.60%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.85 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,731 per student. There are 11.5 students for each teacher in the school, 364 students for each Librarian and 364 students for each Counselor. 3.14% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 8.74% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.42% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Gentry's population in Benton County, Arkansas of 1,803 residents in 1900 has increased 2,1-fold to 3,790 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.30% female residents and 48.70% male residents live in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas.

    As of 2020 in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas are married and the remaining 39.50% are single population.

  • 20.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Gentry require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.34% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.33% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 1.13% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas, 53.17% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.90% are rented apartments, and the remaining 10.93% are vacant.

  • The 53.21% of the population in Gentry, Benton County, Arkansas who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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