Barling, Arkansas

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Barling is a city in Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2005 US Census Bureau estimate, the population of Barling was 4,367,[1] ranking it eighth in the Greater Fort Smith Area.



Barling is located at 35°19′22″N 94°18′2″W / 35.32278°N 94.30056°W / 35.32278; -94.30056 (35.322728, -94.300663).[2] It was named after Eggface Barling, an early English colonist, although the family subsequently relocated to England.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.1 square miles (57.2 km²), of which, 21.9 square miles (56.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.59%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,176 people, 1,599 households, and 1,122 families residing in the city. The population density was 190.4 people per square mile (73.5/km²). There were 1,697 housing units at an average density of 77.4/sq mi (29.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White, 1.39% Black or African American, 1.87% Native American, 5.10% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.04% from other races, and 2.54% from two or more races. 3.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,599 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

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