Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Little Rock and Fort Smith, while others want peace and quiet like in Greenbrier and Pea Ridge, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Arkansas have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Natural State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Arkansas for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Bentonville (Photos)
- Lowell (Photos)
- Pea Ridge
- Rogers (Photos)
- Benton (Photos)
- Springdale (Photos)
- Conway (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Centerton, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Arkansas are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Natural State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 61 Arkansas cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Natural State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 11,403 Population 2010: 8,314
Growth Rate: 37.15%
Absolute Growth: 3,089
Population: 42,499 Population 2010: 32,685
Growth Rate: 30.03%
Absolute Growth: 9,814
Population: 19,529 Population 2010: 15,757
Growth Rate: 23.94%
Absolute Growth: 3,772
Population: 8,322 Population 2010: 7,001
Growth Rate: 18.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,321
5. Pea Ridge
Population: 5,177 Population 2010: 4,414
Growth Rate: 17.29%
Absolute Growth: 763
Population: 5,164 Population 2010: 4,405
Growth Rate: 17.23%
Absolute Growth: 759
Population: 61,979 Population 2010: 53,207
Growth Rate: 16.49%
Absolute Growth: 8,772
Population: 33,613 Population 2010: 29,118
Growth Rate: 15.44%
Absolute Growth: 4,495
Population: 76,188 Population 2010: 66,461
Growth Rate: 14.64%
Absolute Growth: 9,727
Population: 64,184 Population 2010: 56,255
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 7,929
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Arkansas are led by Centerton which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
For more Arkansas reading , check out:
- 10 Small Towns In Arkansas Where You’d Never Want To Live
- A Hilarious Look At The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Arkansas
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Cities In Arkansas
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas
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