Baxter County, Arkansas

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Baxter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is in the northern part of the state, and shares a border with Missouri. It is commonly referred to as the Twin Lakes Area because it is bordered by two of Arkansas' largest lakes, Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake. On its southern border is the Norfork Tailwater and the Buffalo National River.

The county seat is Mountain Home,[1] which is ranked as the 2nd Best Fishing Town in America by Field and Stream magazine and Baxter County today it is primarily known as a retirement and resort destination. Its Big Creek Golf Course has consistently earned 5 star ratings in Golf Digest magazine and is ranked in its top 10 places to play. It has also been rated the number 1 public course in Arkansas for four years in a row.

Baxter County is Arkansas's 66th county, formed on 24 March 1873 and named for Elisha Baxter, the tenth governor of Arkansas.

As of the 2000 census, the county's population was 38,386 in 2000. As of July 2007, the county's population is 41,307.[2] The Mountain Home Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Baxter County.

The Baxter Bulletin weekly newspaper was named in 1973 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as the "Best Overall Weekly Newspaper in the United States" in the over 10,000-circulation category. At the time it was published by Harold E. Martin and was the largest weekly paper in Arkansas.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 587 square miles (1,520.3 km2), of which 554 square miles (1,434.9 km2) is land and 32 square miles (82.9 km2) (5.52%) is water.

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