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Bay is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,800 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Bay is located at 35°44′43″N 90°33′46″W / 35.74528°N 90.56278°W / 35.74528; -90.56278 (35.745157, -90.562777).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,800 people, 690 households, and 518 families residing in the city. The population density was 536.7 people per square mile (207.5/km²). There were 734 housing units at an average density of 218.8/sq mi (84.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.39% White, 2.94% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.78% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. 1.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 690 households out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,828, and the median income for a family was $35,833. Males had a median income of $28,594 versus $19,732 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,743. About 13.3% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.

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