Marianna, Arkansas

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Marianna is a city in and the county seat of Lee County, Arkansas, United States,[1] along the L'Anguille River. The community was established by Col. Walter H. Otey in 1848 and was known as Walnut Ridge until 1852 when it became known as Marianna. The population was 5,181 at the 2000 census.



Marianna is located at 34°46′26″N 90°45′54″W / 34.77389°N 90.765°W / 34.77389; -90.765 (34.773969, -90.765097)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km²), all of it land. The town's current mayor is Hon. Mayor Jimmy Williams who took office on Jan. 1, 2011.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,181 people, 1,955 households, and 1,315 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,440.0 people per square mile (555.7/km²). There were 2,196 housing units at an average density of 610.4/sq mi (235.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 10.44% White, 88.14% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,955 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.4% were married couples living together, 32.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.25.

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