Rector, Arkansas

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Rector is a city in Clay County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,017 at the 2000 census.



Rector is located at 36°15′48″N 90°17′36″W / 36.26333°N 90.29333°W / 36.26333; -90.29333 (36.263320, -90.293464)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


Rector is named after former Governor Henry Massey Rector.

In 1881 the St. Louis and Texas Railroad laid out the town of Rector about two miles to the south of an existing settlement named Scatterville, and the population of Scatterville gradually migrated to the new and booming town.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,017 people, 915 households, and 570 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,556.9 people per square mile (599.1/km²). There were 1,045 housing units at an average density of 806.6/sq mi (310.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.55% Native American, 0.20% Asian, and 0.99% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 915 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.

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