Change in Population
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Change in Total Population
Arkansas County-14.4%
Ashley County-17.2%
Baxter County8.5%
Benton County77.8%
Boone County10.4%
Bowie County, Texas5.6%
Bradley County-13.6%
Calhoun County-7.9%
Carroll County11.4%
Chicot County-26.0%
Clark County-6.3%
Clay County-15.6%
Cleburne County4.0%
Cleveland County-6.4%
Columbia County-8.1%
Conway County2.8%
Craighead County32.2%
Crawford County19.1%
Crittenden County-4.9%
Cross County-14.6%
Dallas County-21.9%
Desha County-25.0%
Drew County-1.9%
Faulkner County45.1%
Franklin County0.2%
Fulton County5.5%
Garland County12.5%
Grant County10.5%
Greene County21.2%
Hempstead County-7.9%
Hot Spring County10.8%
Howard County-6.7%
Independence County10.0%
Izard County2.5%
Jackson County-8.7%
Jefferson County-19.2%
Johnson County17.4%
Lafayette County-21.8%
Lawrence County-7.5%
Lee County-28.6%
Lincoln County-7.6%
Little River County-9.6%
Logan County-3.3%
Lonoke County39.4%
Madison County15.8%
Marion County3.6%
Miller County7.8%
Mississippi County-20.7%
Monroe County-32.7%
Montgomery County-3.2%
Nevada County-16.2%
Newton County-9.3%
Ouachita County-18.0%
Perry County1.5%
Phillips County-31.8%
Pike County-5.6%
Poinsett County-6.4%
Polk County-0.9%
Pope County17.4%
Prairie County-15.2%
Pulaski County8.7%
Randolph County-1.3%
Saline County45.3%
Scott County-6.1%
Searcy County-3.4%
Sebastian County11.0%
Sevier County8.8%
Sharp County1.4%
St. Francis County-13.3%
Stone County8.4%
Union County-14.3%
Van Buren County2.6%
Washington County50.2%
White County17.2%
Woodruff County-25.7%
Yell County1.9%

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

Total Population
Arkansas County17,769
Ashley County20,046
Baxter County41,619
Benton County272,608
Boone County37,480
Bowie County, Texas94,324
Bradley County10,897
Calhoun County5,277
Carroll County28,223
Chicot County10,438
Clark County22,061
Clay County14,847
Cleburne County24,965
Cleveland County8,018
Columbia County23,537
Conway County20,891
Craighead County108,558
Crawford County63,406
Crittenden County48,342
Cross County16,676
Dallas County7,182
Desha County11,512
Drew County18,328
Faulkner County124,806
Franklin County17,810
Fulton County12,269
Garland County99,154
Grant County18,188
Greene County45,325
Hempstead County21,741
Hot Spring County33,701
Howard County13,341
Independence County37,678
Izard County13,593
Jackson County16,811
Jefferson County68,114
Johnson County26,742
Lafayette County6,682
Lawrence County16,434
Lee County8,985
Lincoln County13,383
Little River County12,326
Logan County21,737
Lonoke County73,657
Madison County16,481
Marion County16,722
Miller County43,592
Mississippi County41,239
Monroe County6,900
Montgomery County8,924
Nevada County8,326
Newton County7,805
Ouachita County23,606
Perry County10,352
Phillips County18,029
Pike County10,673
Poinsett County23,974
Polk County20,049
Pope County64,000
Prairie County8,074
Pulaski County392,680
Randolph County17,948
Saline County121,421
Scott County10,319
Searcy County7,958
Sebastian County127,753
Sevier County17,139
Sharp County17,366
St. Francis County25,439
Stone County12,457
Union County39,126
Van Buren County16,603
Washington County236,961
White County78,727
Woodruff County6,490
Yell County21,535

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 13% from 2000 to 2018, 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 29th in the U.S. for its population growth from 2000 to 2018, 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 78% increase in its population from 2000 to 2018, following by increases of more than 45% 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
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable