Change in Population
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Change in Total Population
Arkansas County-12.2%
Ashley County-15.4%
Baxter County7.0%
Benton County68.5%
Boone County9.9%
Bowie County, Texas5.1%
Bradley County-12.9%
Calhoun County-10.2%
Carroll County9.1%
Chicot County-22.4%
Clark County-3.8%
Clay County-15.2%
Cleburne County5.2%
Cleveland County-3.7%
Columbia County-6.7%
Conway County3.0%
Craighead County28.8%
Crawford County16.9%
Crittenden County-3.2%
Cross County-12.8%
Dallas County-18.8%
Desha County-22.6%
Drew County-0.2%
Faulkner County42.1%
Franklin County-0.8%
Fulton County4.3%
Garland County10.6%
Grant County9.9%
Greene County19.3%
Hempstead County-6.9%
Hot Spring County9.7%
Howard County-6.5%
Independence County8.5%
Izard County1.3%
Jackson County-6.5%
Jefferson County-16.9%
Johnson County14.9%
Lafayette County-19.9%
Lawrence County-5.8%
Lee County-26.0%
Lincoln County-5.4%
Little River County-8.6%
Logan County-3.1%
Lonoke County36.7%
Madison County13.0%
Marion County1.1%
Miller County8.2%
Mississippi County-17.6%
Monroe County-30.1%
Montgomery County-3.7%
Nevada County-15.5%
Newton County-7.8%
Ouachita County-16.3%
Perry County-0.7%
Phillips County-28.2%
Pike County-4.2%
Poinsett County-6.2%
Polk County-0.3%
Pope County17.0%
Prairie County-13.4%
Pulaski County8.8%
Randolph County-4.1%
Saline County42.1%
Scott County-6.5%
Searcy County-3.3%
Sebastian County11.0%
Sevier County7.4%
Sharp County0.2%
St. Francis County-10.7%
Stone County9.1%
Union County-12.6%
Van Buren County2.8%
Washington County44.5%
White County18.0%
Woodruff County-24.0%
Yell County2.0%

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

Total Population
Arkansas County18,214
Ashley County20,492
Baxter County41,062
Benton County258,291
Boone County37,304
Bowie County, Texas93,860
Bradley County10,996
Calhoun County5,144
Carroll County27,646
Chicot County10,945
Clark County22,657
Clay County14,920
Cleburne County25,264
Cleveland County8,241
Columbia County23,901
Conway County20,937
Craighead County105,835
Crawford County62,267
Crittenden County49,235
Cross County17,037
Dallas County7,469
Desha County11,876
Drew County18,651
Faulkner County122,227
Franklin County17,626
Fulton County12,123
Garland County97,477
Grant County18,082
Greene County44,598
Hempstead County21,974
Hot Spring County33,374
Howard County13,377
Independence County37,168
Izard County13,433
Jackson County17,221
Jefferson County70,016
Johnson County26,176
Lafayette County6,847
Lawrence County16,735
Lee County9,310
Lincoln County13,705
Little River County12,451
Logan County21,792
Lonoke County72,228
Madison County16,072
Marion County16,325
Miller County43,787
Mississippi County42,835
Monroe County7,169
Montgomery County8,879
Nevada County8,398
Newton County7,936
Ouachita County24,098
Perry County10,132
Phillips County18,975
Pike County10,832
Poinsett County24,023
Polk County20,173
Pope County63,779
Prairie County8,251
Pulaski County393,250
Randolph County17,448
Saline County118,703
Scott County10,277
Searcy County7,967
Sebastian County127,793
Sevier County16,910
Sharp County17,157
St. Francis County26,196
Stone County12,539
Union County39,887
Van Buren County16,628
Washington County228,049
White County79,263
Woodruff County6,641
Yell County21,552

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 by 12% from 2000 to 2016, growing from 2.7 million residents to slightly under 3 million. In comparison, the nation's population increased by 15% in the same time period. The fastest years of growth in Arkansas were 2005 through 2008, with population growth slowing down since then.

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, only 42% of counties saw their populations increase. Benton County had the most growth with a 68% increase in its population from 2000 to 2016. On the other end, Monroe County lost 30% of its 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

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 Increasing
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 Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
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