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Bull Shoals, Arkansas

Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Location in Marion County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Marion County and the state of Arkansas

Coordinates: 36°22′51″N 92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556Coordinates: 36°22′51″N 92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556{{#coordinates:36|22|51|N|92|35|8|W|region:US_type:city |primary |name=

Country United States
State Arkansas
County Marion
 • Total 5.1 sq mi (13 km2)
 • Land 5 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 801 ft (244 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,950
 • Density 392.2/sq mi (153.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 72619
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-09790
GNIS feature ID 0076463

Bull Shoals is a city in Marion County, Arkansas, United States, founded in 1954. The population was 1,950 at the 2010 census. Primarily a retirement and vacation center, Bull Shoals is bordered in three directions by the clear, deep, man-made Bull Shoals Lake.

The town was created by real estate developers C. S. Woods and C. S. Woods Jr. and officially established in 1954. Bull Shoals Dam is the threshold into the town from the southeast.

Bull Shoals Dam and the town of Bull Shoals developed together. The developers bought several tracts of the former Newton Flat settlement when they heard the government planned to build a flood-control and power-generating concrete dam at the site. Construction of the dam took four years, between 1947 and 1951, resulting in one of the largest dams built in the nation at that time.

Bull Shoals has been honored as an Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year for five years.

Liquidforce and Brostock 2010[1] chose Bull Shoals as the location of their professional wakeboarding tournament in July 2010 and June 2011. The lake has also hosted numerous professional Bass and Walleye fishing tournaments over the years. Additionally, the city co-hosts the annual HillBilly Chili Cookoff[2] selecting Arkansas' Best Chili to compete internationally in the International Chili Society competitions.


Bull Shoals is located at 36°22′51″N 92°35′8″W / 36.38083°N 92.58556°W / 36.38083; -92.58556{{#coordinates:36|22|51|N|92|35|8|W|type:city | |name= }} (36.380815, -92.585609).[3]

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  • 25px Highway 178 Is the only highway and only major road in and out of Bull Shoals, AR., which the highway enters just off of the Bull Shoal Dam which begins the Bull Shoals Lake from the White River near the Arkansas Missouri border.

2010 Census Information

Total Population 1,950 Change: -50 Percentage Change From 2000: -2.50%. . .

Population by Race

  • American Indian and Alaska native alone 8- 0.41%
  • Asian alone 5- 0.26%
  • Black or African American alone 2- 0.10%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific native alone 1- 0.05%
  • Some other race alone 7- 0.36%
  • Two or more races 25- 1.28%
  • White alone 1,902- 97.54%

Population by Hispanic or Latino Origin (of any race)

  • Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin 27- 1.38%
  • Persons Not of Hispanic or Latino Origin 1,923- 98.62%

Population by Gender

  • Male 945- 48.46%
  • Female 1,005- 51.54%

Population by Age

  • Persons 0 to 4 years 66- 3.38%
  • Persons 5 to 17 years 165- 8.46%
  • Persons 18 to 64 years 981- 50.31%
  • Persons 65 years and over 738- 37.85%

Current City Population Reference


As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 1,950 people, 1,014 households, and 650 families residing in the city. The population density was 403.0 people per square mile (155.7/km²). There were 1,226 housing units at an average density of 247.0 per square mile (95.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.05% White, 0.30% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,014 households out of which 11.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.39.

In the city the population was spread out with 11.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 16.1% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 38.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 59 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,139, and the median income for a family was $34,219. Males had a median income of $23,125 versus $16,950 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,636. About 9.1% of families and 12.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Bull Shoals has a mayor/council form of government with 6 council members.[5] The current Mayor of Bull Shoals is Bruce Powell, a retired Chicago police officer. Following Powell's election in 2010, a recall drive was initiated against the mayor and four members of the city council.[6] Over 400 signatures were gathered to have the then-mayor-elect recalled. The effort was stalled due to an Arkansas state law that prevents citizens from recalling elected officials until they have served at least six months in office.[7]

Incoming District 17 Arkansas State Senator Scott Flippo is a businessman in Bull Shoals but resides in his native Mountain Home.


  1. ^ Brostock 2010
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  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ " Bull Shoals",, October 18, 2011
  6. ^ "Bull Shoals mayor, council refuse to respond to request to resign; council approves 2011 budget",, January 1, 2011
  7. ^ "Recall of the Bull Shoals City Council, Arkansas (2011)",, October 18, 2011

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