Marvell, Arkansas

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Marvell is a city in Phillips County, Arkansas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 1,395. Marvell was featured on ABC News's World News With Charles Gibson October 6, 2009 telecast as a center of infestation by newer pesticide-resistant strains of pigweed, threatening the region and raising the possibility of hand harvesting crops.



Marvell is located at 34°33′25″N 90°54′52″W / 34.55694°N 90.91444°W / 34.55694; -90.91444 (34.556831, -90.914472)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,395 people, 547 households, and 358 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,024.5 people per square mile (396.0/km²). There were 594 housing units at an average density of 436.3/sq mi (168.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.06% Black or African American, 40.36% White, 0.43% Native American, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 547 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 25.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,368, and the median income for a family was $26,500. Males had a median income of $23,854 versus $15,764 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,797. About 22.6% of families and 29.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.1% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

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