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Van Buren is a city in Crawford County, in the Fort Smith metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for President Martin Van Buren.

The latitude of Van Buren is 35.436N. The longitude is -94.348W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 413 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,154.


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Median household income
Local
$33,608
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Van Buren demographic reports
Van Buren is on the Arkansas River, across from Fort Smith.
Van Buren was once a stagecoach stop and busy steamboat port.

The town was a supply point for gold prospectors in 1849.

Site of 1862 Civil War battle

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 63. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Biloxi Blues"
Well-known residents have included:
· Bob "Bazooka" Burns, the Arkansas Traveler
Local festivals include:
  • Old Timer's Day - May 12-13, 2007
  • Pioneer Days - May 26, 2007
  • Fall Fest - Oct. 13-14, 2007
Dates often change. Check Van Buren web sites and events links in the sections below.
Van Buren attractions: Ozark Scenic Railway, Arkansas-Missouri Railroad
Historic sites and museums: River Valley Museum
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.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Van Buren demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Crawford County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Fort Smith area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 72956 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Van Buren residents report German ancestry, and 15% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Van Buren ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Van Buren was $14,948, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

12% of Van Buren residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Van Buren festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Van Buren, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $331.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $678.


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Libraries in Van Buren include Van Buren Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Van Buren include Van Buren Press Argus

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Politics

Crawford County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Van Buren political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Van Buren workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Van Buren between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Van Buren include Motel 6 Van Buren, Super 8.

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