Although able to retain its Italian American heritage, Tontitown has seen rapid growth in recent years as indicated by a 160% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.
HistoryLead by Catholic priest Pietro Bandini, Italian immigrants working on Lakeport Plantation in the Arkansas delta moved to northwest Arkansas and found the climate and terrain similar to their native Italy. Tontitown was founded in 1898 and named for Henri de Tonti.
- Albert Lewis Fletcher, former Roman Catholic Bishop of Little Rock from 1947-1972, resided in Tontitown during his childhood.
- The Jim Bob Duggar family from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting.
- Jerry E. Hinshaw, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996, resided in Tontitown.
19 Kids and Counting.
Henri de Tonti