There were 475 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $32,841, and the median income for a family was $37,763. Males had a median income of $27,237 versus $18,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,066. About 12.6% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
The major events in the year are Butterfield Days, celebrating the history of the town when the Butterfield stagecoach Route ran through the town. This directly caused the rise of the town when the Potts family set up a boarding house for travellers to rest, creating a place for people to stay, instead of continuing onward. The Potts Inn is now a museum.
Also, the Pottsville High School football team and Black and Gold Brigade marching band provide entertainment at Friday night football games. Currently the band is at around 50 members strong, including the color guard and pit percussion. In 2004, they received their first Division I ratings at Charleston and Jessieville invitational marching contests. The football team has won a couple of games, notably against Paris and Lamar. Last year, the band received a Division II rating at Region Marching Competition in Fort Smith Northside, for Region 2. In 2008 the band did notably poorly, only achieving a composite III. There is also a cheerleading squad which is quite successful at their competitions, and also help to galvanize the student body by cheering at games and holding pep rallies beforehand.
Basketball was the crowning sport in Pottsvile, before the recreation of a football team in 2002, which was the first Pottsville football team since 1921). Ultra-modern facilities have been in place at the high school for about seven years, replacing most of the older gymnasium which is now at the Middle Grades and Elementary grounds. That gym itself was the replacement for the old rock gym which was torn down in 2000 to build an annex to the Middle Grades building. These were probably inspired by the age and unique pine smell of the building.
Friday and Saturday nights in Pottsville are generally spent in Russellville or in Centerville. Russellville has many more places of amusement, obviously, because of its greater size.
A large portion of people who are affiliated with Pottsville, though not inside the rather small city limits and thus not a portion of the population, reside on Crow Mountain - a hill which covers nearly as much area as the town of Pottsville itself and rises no more than about 250 feet in any area. Landmarks include Galla Creek. While the majority of people living here were once of the Jones clan, times have caused diversification and thinning of that family, showing how the community has grown.
Pottsville is the site for a new bypass to connect Interstate 40 with Yell county and points south.