Searcy is located in White County (of which it is the county seat), northeast of Little Rock between Bald Knob and Beebe off of US Hwy 67 on the banks of the Little Red River near Henry Gray Hurricane Lake. Searcy's also nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains west of the White River.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 7,128, an increase of 1,295 since 1990.
Searcy's varied economy of agriculture, retail, and industrial business provides a stable base for the area, as well as Harding University and Foothills Technical Institute. The city is a distribution center for one of the nation's largest discount chains, and is the home of Arkansas' largest and best-known ice cream manufacturer.
Hunting is abundant in the Searcy area. Popular game includes duck, deer, dove, quail, rabbit and squirrel. The Carmichael Community Center, Riverside Park (133 acres), 50-acre Searcy Sports Complex and the Searcy Country Club are also popular attractions in the area.