Hope is a city in Hempstead County in southwestern Arkansas, United States. Hope is the county seat of Hempstead County and the principal city of the Hope Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Hempstead and Nevada counties. As of the 2010 census the population was 10,095, and in 2019 the population was estimated at 9,599.
Hope is the birthplace of two long-serving Arkansas governors: Bill Clinton (who went on to become the 42nd president of the United States after the 1992 election) and Mike Huckabee (who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016). It is also the birthplace of former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Hope began in 1873, when a railroad was built through the area. The town was named for Hope Loughborough, the daughter of a railroad executive.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km2), of which 10.1 square miles (26.1 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.74%, are water.
The climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hope has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated Cfa on climate maps.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,095 people living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 43.2% Black, 34.0% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.4% from two or more races. 20.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,616 people, 3,961 households, and 2,638 families living in the city.