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Home of the Hope Watermelon Festival

The Arkansas state capital is Little Rock.

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71801, 71802

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Hope is approximately 10,382 (2009), 10095 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 4,301 (2000), 3760 (2010).

The amount of land area in Hope is 25.9 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Hope is 10.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.115 sq kilometers.
The distance from Hope to Washington DC is 1032 miles. The distance to the Arkansas state capital is 103 miles. (as the crow flies)
Hope is positioned 33.66 degrees north of the equator and 93.59 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Hope elevation is 350 feet above sea level.
Hope per capita income is $13,245 (2009).
Hope median income is $28,436 (2009).

The Hope median home price is $62,989 (2009).

Hope miscellany.

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Hope location: 120 miles southwest of Little Rock in southwest Arkansas. Other nearby communities include Perrytown, Oakhaven, Emmet, Washington, Patmos, Bodcaw, Fulton and McNab.

Here is a map page for Hope and the area.

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Climate & Weather

The weather in Hope is moderate. Here is a current weather page for Hope and surrounding areas.
Hope average annual rainfall is 52 inches per year
Hope average annual precipitation is 52.45 inches per year.
Hope average annual snowfall is 2 inches per year.
Hope average temperature is 62 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 50.1 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 75 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Hope history:

Hope was named for Hope Loughborough, the daughter of James Loughborough who created the original plat of the city.

The Cairo and Fulton Railway began to lay its tracks between Argenta and Fulton and the community developed as a workmen’s camp. This is when it was named Hope. The first passenger train arrived in 1872. By 1902 three other railways had also arrived through town. Hope was incorporated in 1875. The original freight depot was eventually donated to the city and houses the Chamber of Commerce today.

A major event in the town was the opening of the highway bridge at Fulton in 1930. Once traffic could cross on a bridge instead of a ferry and U.S. Highway 67 was rerouted through Hope, the area began to expand. Hope was made the county seat of Hempstead County in 1939 and the courthouse was built that same year.

In 1941, the government began work on the Southwestern Proving Ground (SPG) where they would test munitions until the end of World War II. Agriculture continued to be the main sector of the local economy with Cotton being the number one crop until about 1920. Of Course, watermelon growing proved to be a boon to the local economy once a watermelon growing contest was begun in the 1920s. Over the years, many growers have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Watermelon Festival began in 1926 and is still celebrated today each August.

Try this history page for Hope. For more history of Hope, try this interesting timeline history for Hope.
The settling of Hope: 1852
The founding of Hope: 1875
The incorporation date of Hope: 1875

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Hope Attractions:

William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States was born in Hope and lived here for his first four years of life. See the above link for his First Home Museum in Hope. Clinton coined the phrase, I Still Believe in a Place Called Hope, when he gave his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York City. The city calls the phrase their unofficial motto.

Home of the Hope Watermelon Festival
Lots of food, contests and just plain fun!

See these pictures of the World's Largest Melon!

Blue Grass Festival in Hope.

Bill Clinton Birthplace
President Bill Clinton's 1st Home Museum in Hope, Arkansas.

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Economy & Industry

Hope economy:

Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 971
108 W. 3rd
Hope, Arkansas 71802
Phone: 870-777-8485
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