Change in Population
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Change in Total Population
Arkansas County-13.4%
Ashley County-16.2%
Baxter County7.8%
Benton County73.7%
Boone County10.1%
Bowie County, Texas5.3%
Bradley County-13.9%
Calhoun County-8.4%
Carroll County10.3%
Chicot County-24.6%
Clark County-5.3%
Clay County-15.2%
Cleburne County4.3%
Cleveland County-4.2%
Columbia County-7.8%
Conway County2.9%
Craighead County30.4%
Crawford County18.3%
Crittenden County-4.1%
Cross County-13.7%
Dallas County-19.6%
Desha County-23.4%
Drew County-0.8%
Faulkner County43.7%
Franklin County0.7%
Fulton County3.7%
Garland County12.0%
Grant County10.4%
Greene County20.5%
Hempstead County-7.4%
Hot Spring County10.4%
Howard County-5.8%
Independence County9.5%
Izard County3.2%
Jackson County-7.0%
Jefferson County-18.0%
Johnson County16.6%
Lafayette County-19.7%
Lawrence County-7.0%
Lee County-27.0%
Lincoln County-5.8%
Little River County-9.3%
Logan County-3.4%
Lonoke County37.9%
Madison County14.8%
Marion County1.7%
Miller County8.7%
Mississippi County-18.9%
Monroe County-30.9%
Montgomery County-3.3%
Nevada County-16.2%
Newton County-9.0%
Ouachita County-17.1%
Perry County1.5%
Phillips County-29.8%
Pike County-5.1%
Poinsett County-5.7%
Polk County-0.6%
Pope County17.1%
Prairie County-13.4%
Pulaski County9.0%
Randolph County-3.5%
Saline County42.8%
Scott County-4.9%
Searcy County-3.7%
Sebastian County11.3%
Sevier County8.7%
Sharp County1.6%
St. Francis County-11.6%
Stone County9.1%
Union County-13.6%
Van Buren County2.0%
Washington County47.0%
White County17.6%
Woodruff County-24.8%
Yell County1.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percentage change since 2000.

Total Population
Arkansas County17,967
Ashley County20,283
Baxter County41,355
Benton County266,300
Boone County37,381
Bowie County, Texas94,012
Bradley County10,864
Calhoun County5,247
Carroll County27,944
Chicot County10,636
Clark County22,293
Clay County14,920
Cleburne County25,048
Cleveland County8,202
Columbia County23,627
Conway County20,916
Craighead County107,115
Crawford County62,996
Crittenden County48,750
Cross County16,863
Dallas County7,393
Desha County11,764
Drew County18,547
Faulkner County123,654
Franklin County17,890
Fulton County12,055
Garland County98,658
Grant County18,165
Greene County45,053
Hempstead County21,861
Hot Spring County33,574
Howard County13,478
Independence County37,504
Izard County13,686
Jackson County17,135
Jefferson County69,115
Johnson County26,552
Lafayette County6,862
Lawrence County16,525
Lee County9,176
Lincoln County13,646
Little River County12,359
Logan County21,722
Lonoke County72,898
Madison County16,339
Marion County16,428
Miller County43,984
Mississippi County42,159
Monroe County7,085
Montgomery County8,919
Nevada County8,327
Newton County7,828
Ouachita County23,868
Perry County10,348
Phillips County18,572
Pike County10,726
Poinsett County24,154
Polk County20,118
Pope County63,835
Prairie County8,248
Pulaski County393,956
Randolph County17,557
Saline County119,323
Scott County10,445
Searcy County7,938
Sebastian County128,107
Sevier County17,115
Sharp County17,393
St. Francis County25,930
Stone County12,537
Union County39,449
Van Buren County16,506
Washington County231,996
White County79,016
Woodruff County6,571
Yell County21,523

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






1% = 26,733

What does this measure?

The growth or decline in the number of residents of a geographic area since 2000.

Why is this important?

Population measures provide insight on how communities are changing in size and composition. Changes in total population are a measure of the overall health of a community and its ability to attract and retain residents.

How is Arkansas doing?

Arkansas' population increased 12% from 2000 to 2017, growing from 2.7 million residents to slightly more than 3 million. In comparison, the nation's population increased 16% in the same time period. The fastest years of growth in Arkansas were 2004 through 2008. Population growth has slowed since then, with a particular slowdown starting in 2011. Arkansas ranked 28th in the U.S. for its population growth from 2000 to 2017, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

This overall growth, however, was not distributed evenly across the state. The northwest half of the state had most of the population growth, while the southeast half had population declines. Overall, less than half of the state's 75 counties saw their populations increase. Benton County had the most growth with a 74% increase in its population from 2000 to 2017, following by increases of more than 40% in Saline, Faulkner and Washington counties. On the other end, Monroe and Phillips counties each lost about 30% of their population in the same time period.

Notes about the data

Data for this indicator is released annually in July.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Change in Total Population

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Rate is percentage change since 2000.

Total Population

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable