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Ward is Lonoke County's 4th-most-populous city and was home to 2,580 residents as of the 2000 census. Ward is located in the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan area and takes up about 3.9 square miles of land. The city is divided into 3 wards. The 1st ward is downtown Ward and sits alongside a railroad. The 2nd ward is the central part of the city; it is the industrial area and is a primary thoroughfare. The last ward leaks into Old Austin and is next to the Cabot School District. As of the 2000 census, the city had 938 households, 46.7% of which had children under the age of 18. The median income for a household in the city was $32,924, and the median income for a family was $34,702.
About Lonoke County
Lonoke's county seat is Lonoke, AR and is home to 52,828 residents. Lonoke is a dry county with an alcohol prohibition policy. Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery is located in Lonoke County and is among the world''s largest working fish hatcheries. The tallest remaining prehistoric Native American mounds are preserved at the Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in the county and is a National Historic Landmark. The park has several scenic trails and a gallery with exhibits shown throughout the year. Guided tours and several events are held at the park across the year. The county is also home to the Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, a historic cemetery and site of the camp where 1,500 Confederate soldiers died due to an epidemic of measles and typhoid fever.
The city is served by the Chabot School District, which has 14 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Within a 50-mile radius of the city, there are 12 institutions of higher education, including the University of Arkansas, which hosted the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 2008. Other colleges include Arkansas Baptist College in Pulaski County, Ouachita Technical College in Hot Spring County, and the University of Central Arkansas in Faulkner County.