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This page contains a list of cities in Arkansas, and other information about local governments.

Arkansas allows municipal charter cities. There are 75 total counties in Arkansas. All 75 of them are subject to general law local government.[1]

There are 501 total municipalities in Arkansas. All 501 are General law municipalities.[1]

Types of local government

Arkansas' local governments fall into the following categories:

  • Counties: there are 75 counties in Arkansas.
  • Municipalities: there are 501 municipalities in Arkansas. They are generally classified by increasing population as "incorporated towns," "cities of the second class," and "cities of the first class." In certain circumstances, cities may raise their classification by one level through a referendum vote (in the case of towns) or a local ordinance (in the case of second class cities). State statutes provide for municipal charters, but no cities have yet adopted one.[2]
  • In addition, there are 727 special districts and 239 independent school districts.[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Arkansas


All of Arkansas' 75 counties have an initiative process for ordinances.[4]


All of Arkansas' 501 municipalities have an initiative process for ordinances. Though none have yet been established, any future charter cities would have charter amendment by initiative.[4][5]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Arkansas
City[6] Population City Type Next election
Little Rock 195,314 General Law N/A
Fayetteville 75,102 General Law N/A
Fort Smith 87,152 General Law N/A
Springdale 71,397 General Law N/A
Jonesboro 68,547 General Law N/A
North Little Rock 62,886 General Law N/A
Conway 60,470 General Law N/A
Rogers 57,539 General Law N/A
Pine Bluff 48,339 General Law N/A
Bentonville 36,295 General Law N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 501 incorporated cities and towns in Arkansas. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[7]

See also