Town of Avoca Arkansas
The town of Avoca is located in Benton County in the state of Arkansas
Area - Total 1.8 sq mi
(Part of the Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers, AR - MO Metropolitan
1,362 ft (415 meters) - Avoca is on the "Springfield" Plateau geographic area of
the Ozark Mountain region.
Population (Census year 2010)
- Total 488 persons - Density 235/sq mi (90/km2)
Central (CST) (UTC-6) - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72711
Area code 479
FIPS code 05-03040
GNIS feature ID 0045989
36°24′5″N 94°4′15″W / 36.40139°N 94.07083°W / 36.40139; -94.07083Coordinates:
36°24′5″N 94°4′15″W / 36.40139°N 94.07083°W / 36.40139; -94.07083
According to the census of 2000, there were 423 people, 162 households, and 121
families residing in the town. The population density was 233.7/mile. There were
168 housing units at an average density of 92.8/mi. The racial makeup of the
town was 92.43% White, 1.65% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.71% Pacific
Islander, 3.31% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 6.15% of the
population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 162 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18
living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 19.8% of all
households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was
65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average
family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 9.5%
from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65
years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there
were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $41,964, and the median income
for a family was $47,500. Males had a median income of $32,708 versus $25,167
for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,028. About 4.2% of
families and 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9%
of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
Information from United States Census Bureau, published May 2005.
A picture of activity comes to mind as the history of Avoca unfolds. In this
bustling 1800's settlement the busy stagecoach brought the mail, travelers and
commodities to the post office and Mr. Peel's store that was nestled down in the
valley, known to us today as Brightwater. This stagecoach route became "Old Wire
During 1880 and 1881 the Frisco Railroad was making its way through the land and
Avoca was promised a station if the town would relocate to the top of the hill.
In 1881 Mr. Peel moved his store and post office about a mile and a half away to
where Avoca sits today, and so our Town was founded. Story has it that Mr.
Peel's wife was responsible for giving Avoca its name and it is also believed
Avoca is an Indian name meaning "the gathering Place". If true, then the name is
as fitting today as it was then. The move, and the railroad, must have agreed
with Avoca because by 1920 Avoca was a booming town serving the area as a busy
freight and passenger train stop.
Avoca served her community well with stock yards, fruit elevators and canneries,
a candy store, boarding house, and grocery store, and doctor and telephone
offices. In 1934 highway 62 was built west of the tracks, and with the
depression era setting in, businesses began leaving, but Avoca endured. Now
sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to North Beaver Lake" with several back
road accesses to the Lake. Avoca was incorporated in 1966 thus preserving the
The hometown atmosphere continues to attract families and businesses. Avoca is
rich with history and community service, participating significantly in the
growth of Benton County.
TOWN OF AVOCA P
|TOWN OF AVOCA
P. O. Box 160
222 North Old Wire Road
Avoca, AR 72711
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Town Hall office hours:
Mon - Thurs 9 AM - 3 PM
Avoca Fire and Rescue
911 or (479) 631-6551
911 or 479-359-3134
Benton County Sheriff
911 or (479) 273