Tyronza, Arkansas

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Tyronza is a town in Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 918 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Tyronza is located at 35°29′12″N 90°21′25″W / 35.48667°N 90.35694°W / 35.48667; -90.35694 (35.486587, -90.356869)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 km² (1.6 mi²), all land. austin

Speed trap

Tyronza has acquired a reputation as a speed trap because of aggressive enforcement of speeding laws on Highway 63--the main route through Tyronza leading from Interstate 55 to Jonesboro—and because of the substantive portion of the town's budget deriving from speeding tickets. Indeed, the high volume of speeding tickets in Tyronza and neighboring Gilmore prompted the Arkansas state legislature to hold hearings into the behavior of the municipalities' police departments, which led to a new state speed trap law.[2]

As the town expanded its borders in 2006, observers questioned whether this was a ploy to enable the town to increase its revenue from speeding tickets:

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 918 people, 363 households, and 257 families residing in the town. The population density was 225.8/km² (586.5/mi²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 95.4/km² (247.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.12% White, 3.70% Black or African American, 0.54% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 363 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.09.

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