Russellville-AR  -  Russellville, AR

Overlooking Russellville, AR - Arkansas River ValleyThe City of Russellville, AR is the largest city and also the county seat of Pope County. Russellville lies in the Arkansas River Valley and is home to the famous Lake Dardanelle State Park. Russellville is located between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. Scenic Byway 7 runs through Russellville as Arkansas Avenue and I-40 also runs through Russellville. Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Nuclear One (Arkansas' only nuclear power plant) are also located in Russellville, AR. Also, not far away you will find Mt. Nebo.

According to the 2010 Census, the population of Russellville, AR is 27,920 people. This is a +17.9% increase over the last census in 2000. The number of males are 13,666 (48.9% of the population) and females are 14,254 (51.1% of the population). The average age of the citizens of Russellville is 29. This is quite a bit younger than the state average of 42. The average household income of Russellville in 2009 was $36,864. Estimated median house value as of 2009 was $103,112.

Races in Russellville, AR are as follows: Whites makes up 79% of the population, Hispanic 11.7%, Black 5.4%, Two or more races 1.7%, Asian 1.5%, American Indian 0.5%, Other 1%.  Unemployment rate of Russellville as of March 2012 is 7%. Russellville is located in Central Daylight Time Zone (CDT) and is 348 ft. elevation. The land area is 25.9 square miles and the area code is 479. Russellville, AR is the birthplace of the NBA player Corliss Williamson, and is a 1992 graduate of Russellville High School.

What's Happening in Russellville-AR

There are many students that go to Arkansas Tech University, also known as ATU, which has had a large enrollment increase. In 1995 ATU enrolled 4,593 students; in 2010 they enrolled 9,813 students. ATU has more than doubled degree production, from 779 degrees in 1994-95 to 1,667 in 2009-10. ATU is constantly growing, adding new facilities and parking, classes, and degrees.

Russellville is known for its local music, art scene, and historic downtown area. The most notable of these events is the Art Walk, on the first Friday night of every month the city hosts the Downtown Art Walk, in which the public may listen to live music, wine and food tasting, appreciate, purchase and sell art, and connect with the community. Russellville also is the host of many sporting events and fishing tournaments, because of its location on Lake Dardenelle and is also close to Mt. Nebo and other state parks. Also many people commute to Russellville on a daily basis from its surrounding areas, for both work and recreation.

Russellville is also home to the Pope County Fairgrounds, which hosts a number of events ranging from horse racing to fairs and conventions. At the end of every summer, Russellville is also host to the annual Pope county fair; featuring rides, live music, livestock, games, and other various forms of entertainment. The county fair attracts over 50,000 visitors each year, more than double the city's population. Recent economic growth is also turning Russellville into a regional shopping and dining destination, with new restaurants and businesses popping regularly along a new shopping center and hotel, featuring a convention center set for construction within the next several years; though both projects are running behind schedule, they are still moving forward.

Best Places to go in Russellville-AR

Arkansas River Valley Arts Center
- Visual arts displays by a few well-known artists, a local artists gallery, and theater productions.

Russellville Country Club - The 18-hole "Russellville" course at the Russellville Country Club facility in Russellville, Arkansas features 6,256 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71.

Museum of Prehistory and History at Arkansas Tech University - This museum is a history and archeology museum interpreting over 12,000 years of human experience in the Arkansas River Valley of western Arkansas. The interpretation plan covers eleven counties.

Lake Dardanelle State Park - Two park locations on 34,000-acre lake: Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle. Bass fishing, boat ramps, hiking trails, lake tours, pavilions, and a state-of-the-art visitors center with live fish aquariums. Also there is a large walking pier nearby with breathtaking views.

Ozark National Forest - The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres, mostly in northwest Arkansas. The southernmost portion runs along the Arkansas River valley south to the Ouachita Mountains. The northern boundary runs to the Ozark Mountains.

Shopping - There are several department stores in the West Main Shopping Center that include TJ Maxx, Belk's, PetSmart, JcPenney's, The Beach Shack and The Beach Shack Too, Bath and Body Works, Hobby Lobby, GameStop, Dollar Tree, Shoe Carnival, Maurices, Sally's Beauty Supply, Hibbett Sports, Payless Shoe Store, and Claire's. There is also a Big Kmart and Walmart Supercenter down the road.

Restaurants - We recommend Las Palmas for Mexican Cuisine, New China or Mulan's for Chinese, and there is a new restaurant in town, Happy Hibachi. There is also Umami Sushi & Grill, a Pizza Hut, CiCi's Pizza, Dixie Cafe, Cracker Barrel, and Western Sizzlin'. Pope County is a dry county, but they do serve beer at Colton's Steakhouse, Brick Oven Pizza, and Hog Wild Pizza in Russellville that are a family-friendly environment.




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