Clinton is the county seat of Van Buren County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,283 at the 2000 census. The city was named for DeWitt Clinton, the New York governor who built the Erie Canal; he previously was also a U.S. Senator from New York. Clinton is located at 35°35′11″N 92°27′28″W / 35.58639°N 92.45778°W / 35.58639; -92.45778 (35.586410, -92.457736).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²), of which, 11.4 square miles (29.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.64%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,283 people, 1,007 households, and 626 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.3 people per square mile (77.3/km²). There were 1,123 housing units at an average density of 98.5 per square mile (38.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.71% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 1.31% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. 2.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.