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Marked Tree, Arkansas
—  City  —


Location in Poinsett County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53°N 90.4175°W / 35.53; -90.4175
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Poinsett
 - Total 2.3 sq mi (6.1 km2)
 - Land 2.3 sq mi (6 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 220 ft (67 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,800
 - Density 1,217.4/sq mi (459/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72365
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-44210
GNIS feature ID 0058125

Marked Tree is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas in the United States, along the St. Francis River, at the mouth of the Little River. The population was 2,800 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geologically, the area marks the southern end of the New Madrid Fault.

The city got its name from a tree located on the bank of the St. Francis River until 1890 that had been slashed to mark a section of the river where Indians could walk about 120 yards (110 m) across land to reach the Little River and avoid paddling twelve miles (19 km) upstream. It is the only city in the world with that name.



Marked Tree is located at 35°31′48″N 90°25′3″W / 35.53°N 90.4175°W / 35.53; -90.4175 (35.530035, -90.417559)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,800 people, 1,126 households, and 731 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.8 people per square mile (466.0/km²). There were 1,234 housing units at an average density of 532.7/sq mi (205.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.36% White, 47.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.25% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,126 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,591, and the median income for a family was $30,197. Males had a median income of $26,305 versus $19,602 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,867. About 25.6% of families and 32.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 28.0% of those age 65 or over.



Marked Tree has a humid subtropical climate, with four distinct seasons. The summer months (late May to late September) are persistently hot (between 68 °F (20 °C) [20 °C] and 95 °F (35 °C) [35 °C]) and humid due to moisture encroaching from the Gulf of Mexico. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent during some summers, but usually brief, lasting no longer than an hour. Early Autumn is pleasantly drier and mild, but can remain hot until late October. Abrupt but short-lived cold snaps are common. Late Autumn is rainy and colder, December being the third rainiest month of the year. Fall foliage becomes especially vibrant after the first frost, typically November, and lasts until early December. Winters are mild, but cold snaps can occur. The official all-time record low temperature was -13.0 °F (-25.0 °C), which occurred on December 24, 1963. Mild spells are sometimes warm with temperatures as high as 75 °F (23 °C) during January and February. Snowfall is not abundant but does occur during most winters. Spring often begins in late February or early March, following the onset of a sharp warmup. This season is also known as "severe weather season" due to the higher frequency of tornadoes, hail, and thunderstorms producing winds greater than 58 mph (93 km/h). Average rainfall is slightly higher during the spring months (except November) than the rest of the year, but not to any noticeable extent. Historically, April is the month with the highest frequency of tornadoes, though tornadoes have occurred every month of the year. Marked Tree is sunny approximately 64% of the time.

Non-metric source
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high (°F) 49 54 62 73 81 89 92 90 84 74 62 52 72
Avg low (°F) 32 35 43 52 61 69 73 71 64 52 42 35 53
Rainfall (in) 4.7 4.5 5.2 5.6 4.9 3.9 3.9 3.4 3.2 2.9 4.8 5.3 52.4
Metric source
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high (°C) 9 12 16 22 27 31 33 32 28 23 16 11 22
Avg low (°C) 0 1 6 11 16 20 22 21 17 11 5 1 11
Rainfall (mm) 110 110 130 140 120 90 90 80 80 70 120 130 1330


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