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"Watermelon Capital"

Hope is a city in Hempstead County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Hope Loughborough, daughter of a railroad director.

The latitude of Hope is 33.666N. The longitude is -93.591W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 351 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,453.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$25,385
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Hope demographic reports
A 195-pound watermelon was grown here in 1939.
Well-known residents have included:
· President William Clinton
Local festivals include:
  • Watermelon Festival - Aug. 9-12, 2007
  • Winter Bluegrass Festival - Feb. 17, 2007
  • Bluegrass Festival - May 11-12, 2007
  • Annual Balloons of Hope - June 22-23, 2007
  • Southwest Arkansas District Livestock Show & Rodeo - Sept. 25-29, 2007
Dates often change. Check Hope web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: First Home of President Bill Clinton, Hope Visitor Center and Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Arkansas Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Quotes:
I still believe in a place called Hope.
-- Bill Clinton, accepting his party's nomination for president in 1992

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Hope demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Hempstead County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 71801 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

4% of Hope residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Hope ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Hope was $12,783, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

10% of Hope residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Hope festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Hope, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $286.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $578.


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Libraries in Hope include Hempstead County Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Hope include Hope Star

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Hempstead County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Hope political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Hope workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Hope between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Hope include Best Western of Hope, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Economy Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express.

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Bill Clinton, accepting his party's nomination for president in 1992

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