Malvern, Arkansas

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Malvern is a city in, and the county seat of, Hot Spring County, Arkansas.[1] The city had a population of 9,021 at the time of the 2000 census, and is also called the "Brick Capital of the World", due to the three Acme Brick plants in the area.[2] Every year on the last weekend of June, Malvern hosts the Brickfest, an event that fills the city with music, food and activities that include a brick toss, brick car derby, and a best dressed brick contest. Malvern also hosts the Hot Spring County Fair and Rodeo each fall.

Malvern is home to several manufacturing companies including Acme Brick, Weyerhaeuser, Borden Chemical, Adams Face Veneer Company Inc, Leggett & Platt Precision, and Pactiv Corporation, and is the home of Grapette International, a manufacturer of Grapette soda. Notable Malvern natives include Academy-Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, three-time Super Bowl winner Keith Traylor, and musician and stage performer Beth Clayton.[3]

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Geography

Malvern is centrally located at 34°21′50″N 92°48′39″W / 34.36389°N 92.81083°W / 34.36389; -92.81083 (34.363818, -92.810971).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.2 km²), of which 7.3 square miles (19.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.94%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,021 people, 3,769 households, and 2,431 families residing in the city,[5] and its population density was 1,227.1 people per square mile (473.9/km²). There were 4,193 housing units at an average density of 570.4/sq mi (220.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.16% White, 28.66% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.94% from two or more races. 1.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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