Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Arkansas everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Arkansas.

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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 Cherokee Village and Crossett, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Arkansas for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Centerton ranks as the fastest growing city in Arkansas. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Arkansas or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Arkansas state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,252
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,314
Percent Growth 59.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,938
More on Centerton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Centerton is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 9,515 at the 2010 census. Centerton is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 46,857
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 32,685
Percent Growth 43.4%
Absolute Growth: 14,172
More on Bentonville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the headquarters of Walmart, which is the world's largest retailer. Originally named Osage after the Osage Indians who hunted in the area when white settlers first moved to the area in 1837, the community was renamed to Bentonville in 1906 in honor of New York inventor Linn Boyd Benton, after being first incorporated on April 3, 1873. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 47,093 in 2016.

Prairie Grove, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,493
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,212
Percent Growth 30.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,281
More on Prairie Grove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Prairie Grove is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,380 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the Northwest Arkansas region, and home to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The park spans a large amount of land and contains a visitor center, museum, several monuments, a driving tour and a collection of period buildings and homes.

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,926
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,001
Percent Growth 27.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,925
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Lowell is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, in the United States. Located within the Ozarks, first settlement was along Old Wire Road in the 1840s, and although destroyed during the Civil War, the community was reestablished by J. H. McClure and thrived when the St. Louis--San Francisco Railway came through the area in the 1880s. Today, the city is a growing bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region. Lowell is also home to the headquarters of trucking company J.B. Hunt.

Bryant, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,944
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 15,757
Percent Growth 26.6%
Absolute Growth: 4,187
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pea Ridge, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,485
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,414
Percent Growth 24.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,071
More on Pea Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pea Ridge is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The name Pea Ridge comes from a combination of the physical location of the original settlement of the town, across the crest of an Ozark Mountains ridge, and for the hog peanuts or turkey peas that had been originally cultivated by Native American tribes centuries before European settlement, which later helped to provide basic subsistence once those pioneer settlers arrived.

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 64,947
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 53,207
Percent Growth 22.1%
Absolute Growth: 11,740
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Rogers is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 55,964 making it the state's-eighth largest city. Rogers is located in the northwest portion of the state in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 465,776 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,370
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,405
Percent Growth 21.9%
Absolute Growth: 965
More on Greenbrier: Homes For Sale | Data

Greenbrier is a city in Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,706 at the 2010 census, up from 3,042 at the 2000 census.

Benton, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,873
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,118
Percent Growth 19.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,755
More on Benton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Springdale, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 78,690
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 66,461
Percent Growth 18.4%
Absolute Growth: 12,229
More on Springdale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Springdale is the fourth-largest city in Arkansas. It is located in both Washington and Benton counties in Northwest Arkansas. Located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains, Springdale has long been an important industrial city for the region. In addition to several trucking companies, the city is home to the world headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company. Originally named Shiloh, the city changed its name to Springdale when applying for a post office in 1872. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 69,797 at the 2010 Census.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Natural State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 64 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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Arkansas, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Helena-West Helena
  2. Pine Bluff
  3. Osceola

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Centerton 59.4% 13,252 8,314
2 Bentonville 43.4% 46,857 32,685
3 Prairie Grove 30.4% 5,493 4,212
4 Lowell 27.5% 8,926 7,001
5 Bryant 26.6% 19,944 15,757
6 Pea Ridge 24.3% 5,485 4,414
7 Rogers 22.1% 64,947 53,207
8 Greenbrier 21.9% 5,370 4,405
9 Benton 19.8% 34,873 29,118
10 Springdale 18.4% 78,690 66,461

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