Shirley is a town located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is within northeast Van Buren County adjacent to the Middle Fork of the Little Red River. It has a total area of 2.46 square miles at 35°39′21″N 92°19′0″W. The elevation is 551 feet above sea level. As of the 2010 census data, it had a total population of 291. The population density was 116.03/sq mi. Estimated per capita income in 2016 was $17,587. Recent job growth is positively increased by 2.33 percent. The average travel time is 24 minutes. It has Zip code 72153.