Cave City, Arkansas

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Cave City is a city in Independence and Sharp counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The population was 1,946 at the 2000 census.

Cave City is known for its award winning "world's sweetest" watermelons and holds an annual watermelon festival in August.

Cave City was the home of the controversial newspaper editor Joseph H. Weston, whose Sharp Citizen forced a major change in Arkansas libel law.



Cave City is located at 35°56′53″N 91°33′3″W / 35.94806°N 91.55083°W / 35.94806; -91.55083 (35.948087, -91.550952).[1] The town is located above the Crystal River, an underground river within Crystal River Cave for which the town is named.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,946 people, 775 households, and 538 families residing in the city. The population density was 752.7 people per square mile (290.1/km²). There were 843 housing units at an average density of 326.1/sq mi (125.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.84% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.72% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 775 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

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