Rector is a city located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is within Clay County on the southeastern edge of Crowley's Ridge. U.S. Route 49 runs through the city. Rector derived its name from Governor Henry Massey Rector. It has a total area of 1.34 square miles at 36°15′48″N 90°17′36″W. The elevation is 285 feet above sea level. As of the 2010 census data, it had a total population of 1,977. The population density was 1,348.70/sq mi. Estimated per capita income in 2015 was $21,304. Recent job growth is positively increased by 0.53 percent. The average travel time is 30 minutes. It has Zip code 72461.