Sherwood, Arkansas

Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139
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Sherwood, Arkansas
Location of Sherwood in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Location of Sherwood in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Sherwood, Arkansas is located in Arkansas
Sherwood, Arkansas
Sherwood, Arkansas
Location in Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (city)April 22, 1948 (1948-04-22)
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorMary Jo Heye-Townsell
 • Total21.15 sq mi (54.79 km2)
 • Land20.74 sq mi (53.73 km2)
 • Water0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2)
328 ft (100 m)
 • Total32,731
 • Density1,577.85/sq mi (609.22/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code501
FIPS code05-63800
GNIS feature ID0058612
Miss Arkansas Kelly George (left) with former Sherwood Mayor Danny Stedman

Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 32,731, making it the 13th most populous city in Arkansas.[2] It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.


Sherwood was officially incorporated as a town on April 22, 1948. Sherwood moved to a city of Second Class on September 16, 1957 and subsequently as a city of First Class on April 30, 1971.

On March 31, 2023, a damaging tornado passed through Sherwood causing damage. The tornado originally touched down near Little Rock, before it continued on a path which went through Sherwood.[3]


Sherwood is located at 34°49′51″N 92°12′41″W / 34.83083°N 92.21139°W / 34.83083; -92.21139 (34.830890, -92.211514).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.8 square miles (54.0 km2), of which 20.6 square miles (53.4 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.15%, is water.[5]


Sherwood lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa). Sherwood experiences all four seasons and does receive cold air masses from the north. July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high of 92 °F (33 °C) and an average low of 73 °F (23 °C). Temperatures above 100 °F (37.8 °C) are somewhat common. January is the coldest month with an average high of 50 °F (10 °C) and an average low of 33 °F (1 °C). The city's highest temperature was 110 °F (43.3 °C), recorded in July 1986. The lowest temperature recorded was −6 °F (−21.1 °C), in January 1985.

Climate data for Sherwood, Arkansas (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
Average high °F (°C) 50
Average low °F (°C) 33
Record low °F (°C) −6
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.42
Source: The Weather Channel[6]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 21,511 people, 8,798 households, and 6,211 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,557.9 inhabitants per square mile (601.5/km2). There were 9,272 housing units at an average density of 671.5 per square mile (259.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.23% White, 17.83% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,798 households, out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,838, and the median income for a family was $51,510. Males had a median income of $34,133 versus $25,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,515. In Sherwood, 6.3% of the population and 5.4% of families were below the poverty line. In addition, 9.7% of those under the age of 18 and 4.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 29,523 people, 12,207 households, and 8,314 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 75.3% White, 18.5% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. 4.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,207 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.92.

2020 census[edit]

Sherwood racial composition[9]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 20,071 61.32%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 8,228 25.14%
Native American 91 0.28%
Asian 647 1.98%
Pacific Islander 13 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,850 5.65%
Hispanic or Latino 1,831 5.59%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 32,731 people, 12,337 households, and 8,324 families residing in the city.

Economy and business[edit]

Major employers include customer contact centers for and Cardinal Health. Another major employer is CHI St Vincent's North Hospital.

Law and government[edit]

The City of Sherwood is an incorporated municipality (city of the first class) with a Mayor elected to a four-year term, and eight elected aldermen, a city clerk, and a part-time city attorney.


The Sherwood Mayor serves four-year terms, with election held during the November midterm elections. Mayor Mary Jo Heye-Townsell was sworn in on January 1, 2023. Virginia Hillman Young served from August 1, 2007 – December 31, 2022. She was Sherwood's first female mayor. Bill Harmon served as interim mayor April 12, 2007 to July 31, 2007, following the resignation of Mayor Danny Stedman. Harmon had not run for re-election after holding the office of mayor for 14 years through 2006

Name Term
Hal P. (Bob) LaCoste July 10, 1948 May 30, 1950 First mayor of Sherwood
Kenneth W. Coulter May 31, 1950 December 31, 1952
C.W. McNutt January 1, 1953 December 31, 1957
Andrew M. (Bud) Hall January 1, 1958 December 31, 1962
Dennis D. Duran January 1, 1963 December 31, 1964 Honored with Youth Center named for Duran and his wife Ailene.
Bill Henson January 1, 1965 December 31, 1981
Jack Evans January 1, 1982 November 1992 Died in office. Honored with a senior center in his name
Brent Chamber November 19, 1992 February 22, 1993 Interim mayor
Bill Harmon February 23, 1993 December 31, 2006 Honored with a recreation center in his name.
Dan Stedman January 1, 2007 April 2007 Resigned due to health reasons.
Bill Harmon April 2007 July 31, 2007 Appointed as interim mayor after Mayor Stedman resigned.
Virginia Hillman Young[10] August 1, 2007 December 31, 2022
Mary Jo Heye-Townsell January 1, 2023 Incumbent

Crime and enforcement[edit]

Sherwood is supported by the Sherwood Police Department (SPD) since 1964. According to the city's website, the City of Sherwood has the lowest crime rate in the Arkansas.

Fire and emergency services[edit]

Sherwood is supported by the Sherwood Fire Department (SFD) since 1950. Additionally, the city has formed an Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to respond in cases of natural or man-made disasters.

CHI St Vincent's North Hospital is a non-profit 69 bed hospital with an emergency department that sees about 20,000 patients per year. The hospital is classified as a Level IV Trauma Center by the State of Arkansas. Services offered include Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Internal Medicine including critical care. Outpatient services include lab, radiology, as well as clinics for GI medicine and Neurology.

Gravel Ridge[edit]

The community of Gravel Ridge, located at 34°52′12″N 92°11′13″W / 34.87000°N 92.18694°W / 34.87000; -92.18694 (34.870068, -92.187069),[4] was a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski County that was annexed into the city of Sherwood in 2008.[11] Gravel Ridge, located between western Jacksonville and the Sylvan Hills area of Sherwood, had a population of 3,232 and total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), as of the 2000 census.


Gravel Ridge carried ties to both Jacksonville and Sherwood for many years. Its telephone number prefix is shared with Sherwood, while Gravel Ridge shares a ZIP code with Jacksonville. On February 5, 2008, a special election was held in Jacksonville for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Jacksonville. Upon the Jacksonville ballot issue being announced, Sherwood Mayor Hillman and the Sherwood city council ordered a special election for March 11, 2008, to gauge support for the annexation of Gravel Ridge into Sherwood. In each of the cities' respective elections, each city's residents as well as the residents of Gravel Ridge voted. The proposal for annexation into either Jacksonville or Sherwood passed in each election. The result prompted a third special election for Gravel Ridge residents only on April 1, 2008, to vote on whether they wanted to be annexed into Sherwood or Jacksonville, with voters ultimately deciding in favor of annexation by Sherwood.

Gravel Ridge was formally annexed during the Sherwood city council meeting on April 28, 2008,[11] during which the territory comprising the one-time census designated place was divided along Arkansas Highway 107 into additions to the first and second wards of Sherwood.

Voting results[edit]

Election Title Date of Election Choices Results Total Votes
Gravel Ridge Annexation April 1, 2008 Jacksonville 221 - 25.91% 853
Sherwood 632 - 74.09%
Sherwood Annexation March 11, 2008
Sherwood Residence
For 1193 - 86.32% 1382
Against 189 - 13.68%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 571 - 74.35% 768
Against 197 - 25.65%
Total 2,150
For 1764 - 82.05%
Against 386 - 17.95%
Jacksonville Annexation February 5, 2008
Jacksonville Residence
For 2958 - 75.59% 3913
Against 955 - 24.41%
Gravel Ridge Residence
For 384 - 32.49% 1182
Against 798 - 67.51%
Total 5,095
For 3,342 - 65.59%
Against 1,753 - 34.41%


Sherwood is home to several public and private schools for elementary and secondary education. Students seeking higher education often attend nearby colleges and universities including the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas.

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Sylvan Hills High School
Sylvan Hills Junior High School

The city's public schools are managed by the Pulaski County Special School District.[12][13] The city's public high school is Sylvan Hills High School. Other public schools include: Sylvan Hills Junior High School, Sylvan Hills Middle School, Cato Elementary School, Bill Clinton Elementary Magnet School, Oakbrooke Elementary School, Sherwood Elementary School and Sylvan Hills Elementary School.

In 2008, LISA Academy North opened as a public charter school focused on STEM fields.

Private schools[edit]

The Abundant Life School, now known as Abundant Life Christian Academy, is a co-educational private school for grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Other private schools include Victory Baptist Elementary School, Central Arkansas Christian Schools, and Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

Public libraries[edit]

The Central Arkansas Library System includes the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood, which is a 9,800 square feet (910 m2) facility that offers a variety of books, DVDs, public computers, and wireless Internet access. The library, named in 1988 in honor of Amy Sanders, Sherwood's city clerk for more than 14 years, offers numerous children's programs.[14]


The Sherwood Voice is a local weekly newspaper serving the city and its nearby communities in Pulaski County with its print publication and website. As a community newspaper, articles are centered around local news, issues, classified ads and events. Sports coverage is usually limited to the area's middle school and high school teams.

Sherwood is home to the several radio stations:

  • KOKY (102.1 FM) that plays an urban adult contemporary playlist, and
  • KMTL (760 AM) that produces a religious radio format, both serving the Little Rock metro area.



The primary mode of local transportation in Sherwood is the automobile, though efforts have been made to increase the availability of alternative modes of transportation, including biking and walking paths, wide sidewalks, and buses.


The following is a list of the freeways located in or near the Sherwood area:

Within Sherwood
Near Sherwood


Sherwood is home to several hospitals including:


In this list are the 14 parks currently located within Sherwood.[15]

  • Henson Park
  • Pickthorne Park
  • Austin Lake Park
  • Storer Park
  • Sherwood Dog Park
  • Devon Park
  • Delmont Park
  • Fairway Park
  • Hughes Park
  • Lake Cherrywood Park
  • Indianhead Park
  • Verona Park
  • Thornhill Park
  • Stonehill Park

Places of interest[edit]

In addition to the city's 17 community parks and recreational facilities, the following places of interest exist:

  • Roundtop Filling Station—Historic gasoline filling station; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Bill Harmon Recreation Center
  • The Greens at North Hills Municipal Golf Course; listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Lake Cherrywood
  • Indianhead Lake
  • Sherwood Splash Pad
  • Amy Sanders Library
  • Thornhill Park and Pool; featuring a public fishing area and outdoor workout equipment

Notable people[edit]

Notable events[edit]

North Hills Country Club controversy[edit]

The city was involved in a lawsuit over the development of North Hills Golf Course and Country Club, in the southern end of the city adjoining North Little Rock. A court date was scheduled in April 2008. Mayor Virginia Hillman repeatedly stated during her campaign for mayor for the special election that her plans were to put the issue to a vote for the citizens. A petition was circulated to hold an election on the issue, but the Sherwood City Council voted to go ahead with the acquisition despite Mayor Hillman's objections. The issue was last discussed at the Sherwood city council meeting at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, September 24, 2007. A re-zoning sign was placed on the North Hills property the week before Christmas of that year.

On July 21, 2008, the Sherwood City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the settlement of all litigated claims related to the property and structures commonly referred to as North Hill Country Club, which allowed the City of Sherwood to purchase of this property. Since the spring of 2010, the city operates the property as The Greens at North Hills Municipal Golf Course.[18]

On July 28, 2010, the originally named Sylvan Hills Country Club Golf Course constructed in 1927 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[19]

2009 Theft of City Funds[edit]

In July 2009, after city officials were notified by Eagle Bank in December 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began investigating the theft of $219,913[20] in municipal funds.[21] These funds were taken from the city's checking account through an unauthorized online electronic transfer. This was the first time the city had experienced unauthorized accessing the city's checking account via the internet.[21] In response, city officials analyzed city's security system to its financial network and additional safeguards and protections were implemented.

Debtor's Prison[edit]

Nikki Petree was released on August 25, 2016 after spending 35 days in county jail for bouncing a $28.93 check five years ago.[22][23] Judge Milas Hale, who is accused of running a modern-day debtors' prison in Sherwood, Ark., sentenced the mother to jail; the Huffington Post[23] reports Petree has been arrested seven times in connection with that charge and paid at least $640 to the city for the charge. She told the Post she still owes the city $1,300.[24]

"Every time [I’d] go to jail, they’d let me out immediately for $100,” Petree said in an interview. “They’d turn around and add $600 or $700 more to my bond. I couldn't afford to pay. They cornered me, and there was no way out from underneath it. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless.

Petree said prior to her sentencing, Judge Hale asked Petree how much money she could pay today. The judge and the city are facing a federal lawsuit over their alleged practice of unconstitutionally jailing defendants who are unable to pay court fines, fees, and costs.[22]


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  3. ^ "Central Arkansas storms kill at least 3; threat continues in state". March 31, 2023.
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  12. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Pulaski County, AR" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  13. ^ "School Zone Map". Pulaski County Special School District. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Amy Sanders Library". Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  15. ^ "Facilities". City of Sherwood. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  16. ^ Henderson State University debate student David Kerr is one of two finalists Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Mathew W. Pitsch". Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "Sylvan Hills Country Club Golf Course". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Archived from the original on February 3, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  19. ^ "Sylvan Hills Country Club golf course, Tyronza Commercial Historic District listed as historic". THV. Arkansas Television Company. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  20. ^ Rayburn, Greg (March 26, 2010). "Fender questions city's efforts to prevent theft of $200,000". The Sherwood Voice. Sherwood, AR. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  21. ^ a b Rayburn, Greg (July 24, 2009). "Questions mount over missing money". The Sherwood Voice. Sherwood, AR. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  22. ^ a b Lyons, John. "Sherwood: City sued over hot-check court". Sherwood Voice.
  23. ^ a b Reilly, Ryan (August 31, 2016). "This Mom Spent 35 Days In Jail For Bouncing A $29 Check". The Huffington Post.
  24. ^ Preza, Elizabeth (September 1, 2016). "35 Days in Jail for Bouncing a $29 Check? No Justice for the 99%". Alternet.

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