Hazen, Arkansas is located in Prairie County and has a population of 1,744, according to the 2010 census. The city is situated in the Arkansas Delta region and benefits from a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The geography of Hazen is mainly flat, with some rolling hills in the northern part of the city. See topbbacolleges for information about Arkansas County, Arkansas.
The history of Hazen can be traced back to 1883 when it was founded as a railroad stop by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company. In its early days, Hazen was an agricultural community that relied heavily on cotton production for economic stability. Over time, however, industry began to develop in Hazen, including a brick manufacturing plant and a furniture factory.
Today, Hazen remains primarily an agricultural community but also has some light industry and manufacturing businesses. The city is governed by Mayor Jerry Lard and five City Council members who are elected at large every two years. There are three public schools located within the city limits: Hazen Elementary School, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade; Hazen High School; and Stuttgart High School.
Hazen also has several landmarks that attract visitors from all over Arkansas including Lake Austell Recreational Area which offers camping, fishing and swimming opportunities; The Cotton Museum which showcases artifacts related to the area’s cotton farming history; and the Drury-Dyer House which was built in 1885 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Population: 1,637. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,562 (-4.6% change)
Males: 777 (47.5%), Females: 860 (52.5%)
Zip code: 72064
Median resident age: 40.6 years
Median household income: $29,800
Median house value: $52,900
Races in Hazen:
- White Non-Hispanic (79.9%)
- Black (18.4%)
- American Indian (0.9%)
- Hispanic (0.8%)
Ancestries: United States (23.9%), Irish (7.3%), German (7.3%), English (4.8%), Czech (2.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.1%).
Elevation: 231 feet
Land area: 3.7 square miles
Hazen, Arkansas is a small town located in the center of Prairie County. As of 2019, the population was estimated at 1,501 people. About 54% of the population is White, 34% Black or African American and 8% Hispanic or Latino. The median age in Hazen is 38 years old with 19% of the population being under 18 and 15% being over 65. The median household income in Hazen is $31,813 and approximately 11.7% of families are living below the poverty line. There are a variety of housing options in Hazen including single family homes, apartments, mobile homes and trailers. The median home value in Hazen is $68,500 which is considerably lower than other parts of Arkansas. In terms of education, approximately 73% have a high school diploma or higher while only 7% attained a bachelor’s degree or higher. There are multiple churches located throughout town that serve as sources for spiritual guidance as well as community gathering places for events such as weddings and funerals. Additionally, there are several small businesses located throughout town offering employment opportunities to residents such as restaurants, convenience stores and auto repair shops.
For population 25 years and over in Hazen
- High school or higher: 73.2%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.5%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
- Unemployed: 5.8%
- Mean travel time to work: 25.0 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Hazen city
- Never married: 16.4%
- Now married: 61.0%
- Separated: 1.9%
- Widowed: 8.4%
- Divorced: 12.4%
0.1% Foreign born
Population change in the 1990s: -55 (-3.3%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Hazen:
- STUTTGART REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 22 miles; STUTTGART, AR)
- CENTRAL ARKANSAS HOSPITAL (about 33 miles; SEARCY, AR)
- WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (about 33 miles; SEARCY, AR)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Hazen:
- LITTLE ROCK AFB (about 40 miles; JACKSONVILLE, AR; Abbreviation: LRF)
- ADAMS FIELD (about 46 miles; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Abbreviation: LIT)
- MID DELTA RGNL (about 100 miles; GREENVILLE, MS; Abbreviation: GLH)
Other public-use airports nearest to Hazen:
- HAZEN MUNI (about 6 miles; HAZEN, AR; Abbreviation: 6M0)
- CARLISLE MUNI (about 10 miles; CARLISLE, AR; Abbreviation: 4M3)
- STUTTGART MUNI (about 15 miles; STUTTGART, AR; Abbreviation: SGT)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Hazen:
- ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE BRANCH (about 32 miles; BEEBE, AR; Full-time enrollment: 3,840)
- HARDING UNIVERSITY (about 34 miles; SEARCY, AR; Full-time enrollment: 3,959)
- UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF (about 46 miles; PINE BLUFF, AR; Full-time enrollment: 2,801)
- UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK (about 54 miles; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Full-time enrollment: 8,024)
- UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS (about 59 miles; CONWAY, AR; Full-time enrollment: 7,693)
- UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO (about 85 miles; Monticello, AR; Full-time enrollment: 2,048)
- ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 95 miles; STATE UNIVERSITY, AR; Full-time enrollment: 8,696)
Public high school in Hazen:
- HAZEN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 184; Location: 311 N HAZEN AVE; Grades: 07 – 12)
Public primary/middle school in Hazen:
- HAZEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 214; Location: 311 N HAZEN AVE; Grades: KG – 06)