These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2018


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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:

  1. Centerton
  2. Bentonville (Photos)
  3. Bryant
  4. Lowell (Photos)
  5. Pea Ridge
  6. Greenbrier
  7. Rogers (Photos)
  8. Benton (Photos)
  9. Springdale (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Arkansas with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in arkansas

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1. Centerton


Population: 11,403
Population 2010: 8,314
Growth Rate: 37.15%
Absolute Growth: 3,089

2. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,499
Population 2010: 32,685
Growth Rate: 30.03%
Absolute Growth: 9,814

3. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,529
Population 2010: 15,757
Growth Rate: 23.94%
Absolute Growth: 3,772

4. Lowell

Lowell, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

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

6. Greenbrier


Population: 5,164
Population 2010: 4,405
Growth Rate: 17.23%
Absolute Growth: 759

7. Rogers

Rogers, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 61,979
Population 2010: 53,207
Growth Rate: 16.49%
Absolute Growth: 8,772

8. Benton

Benton, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,613
Population 2010: 29,118
Growth Rate: 15.44%
Absolute Growth: 4,495

9. Springdale

Springdale, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,188
Population 2010: 66,461
Growth Rate: 14.64%
Absolute Growth: 9,727

10. Conway

Conway, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Centerton 1 11,403 8,314 3,089 37.2%
Bentonville 2 42,499 32,685 9,814 30.0%
Bryant 3 19,529 15,757 3,772 23.9%
Lowell 4 8,322 7,001 1,321 18.9%
Pea Ridge 5 5,177 4,414 763 17.3%
Greenbrier 6 5,164 4,405 759 17.2%
Rogers 7 61,979 53,207 8,772 16.5%
Benton 8 33,613 29,118 4,495 15.4%
Springdale 9 76,188 66,461 9,727 14.6%
Conway 10 64,184 56,255 7,929 14.1%
Beebe 11 7,952 6,978 974 14.0%
Cabot 12 25,407 22,333 3,074 13.8%
Farmington 13 6,470 5,763 707 12.3%
Fayetteville 14 80,552 71,770 8,782 12.2%
Jonesboro 15 72,638 64,798 7,840 12.1%
Siloam Springs 16 16,095 14,370 1,725 12.0%
Maumelle 17 17,795 15,918 1,877 11.8%
Searcy 18 23,969 22,128 1,841 8.3%
Paragould 19 27,521 25,422 2,099 8.3%
Greenwood 20 9,296 8,634 662 7.7%
North Little Rock 21 66,042 61,698 4,344 7.0%
Alma 22 5,599 5,245 354 6.7%
Russellville 23 29,136 27,300 1,836 6.7%
Malvern 24 10,937 10,273 664 6.5%
Sherwood 25 30,251 28,690 1,561 5.4%
Marion 26 12,323 11,693 630 5.4%
Batesville 27 10,579 10,045 534 5.3%
Clarksville 28 9,391 9,005 386 4.3%
Van Buren 29 23,155 22,236 919 4.1%
De Queen 30 6,657 6,409 248 3.9%
Little Rock 31 197,640 190,718 6,922 3.6%
Monticello 32 9,752 9,441 311 3.3%
Berryville 33 5,370 5,206 164 3.2%
Hot Springs 34 36,711 35,604 1,107 3.1%
Fort Smith 35 87,712 85,200 2,512 2.9%
Harrison 36 13,168 12,928 240 1.9%
Heber Springs 37 7,169 7,076 93 1.3%
Texarkana 38 30,155 29,787 368 1.2%
Jacksonville 39 28,661 28,498 163 0.6%
Morrilton 40 6,746 6,723 23 0.3%
Arkadelphia 41 10,728 10,697 31 0.3%
Magnolia 42 11,651 11,648 3 0.0%
Mountain Home 43 12,312 12,345 -33 -0.3%
Trumann 44 7,143 7,172 -29 -0.4%
Newport 45 7,781 7,883 -102 -1.3%
Mena 46 5,674 5,768 -94 -1.6%
Forrest City 47 14,871 15,174 -303 -2.0%
Pocahontas 48 6,470 6,608 -138 -2.1%
Hope 49 9,968 10,204 -236 -2.3%
Wynne 50 8,195 8,408 -213 -2.5%
White Hall 51 5,243 5,394 -151 -2.8%
Stuttgart 52 9,125 9,400 -275 -2.9%
West Memphis 53 25,411 26,391 -980 -3.7%
Warren 54 5,804 6,064 -260 -4.3%
El Dorado 55 18,393 19,278 -885 -4.6%
Crossett 56 5,272 5,585 -313 -5.6%
Camden 57 11,515 12,246 -731 -6.0%
Blytheville 58 14,849 15,874 -1,025 -6.5%
Osceola 59 7,315 7,857 -542 -6.9%
Pine Bluff 60 45,404 50,039 -4,635 -9.3%
Helena-West Helena 61 11,325 12,650 -1,325 -10.5%

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