Ariton is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Ariton is located at(31.598204, -85.718761).
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 772 people, 306 households, and 220 families residing in the town. The population density was 152.3 people per square mile (58.8/km2). There were 335 housing units at an average density of 66.1 per square mile (25.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 69.30% White, 29.27% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, and 1.30% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population wereHispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 306 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $21,083, and the median income for a family was $25,781. Males had a median income of $27,250 versus $17,639 for females. Theper capita income for the town was $11,502. About 25.1% of families and 25.9% 55 of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.5% of those under age 18 and 22.2% of those age 65 or over.