Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas state, 80 miles northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. The population of the city was 9,556. The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and northeast Arkansas. In the past, the area in and around the city had many extensive quarries of manganese ore, phosphate rock, sandstone, limestone, and marble.
The city was listed in Norman Crampton's 1992 book The 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranking at #74.