These Are The 10 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 Berryville 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:

  1. Centerton
  2. Bentonville
  3. Bryant
  4. Springdale
  5. Conway
  6. Cabot
  7. Bella Vista
  8. Lowell
  9. Rogers
  10. Benton

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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.

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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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 60 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Centerton


Population 2014: 10,278
Population 2010: 8,314
Growth Rate: 23.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,964

2. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,572
Population 2010: 32,685
Growth Rate: 18.01%
Absolute Growth: 5,887

3. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,497
Population 2010: 15,757
Growth Rate: 17.39%
Absolute Growth: 2,740

4. Springdale

Springdale, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 73,789
Population 2010: 66,461
Growth Rate: 11.03%
Absolute Growth: 7,328

5. Conway

Conway, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,455
Population 2010: 56,255
Growth Rate: 11.02%
Absolute Growth: 6,200

6. Cabot

Cabot, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,768
Population 2010: 22,333
Growth Rate: 10.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,435

7. Bella Vista

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,273
Population 2010: 24,611
Growth Rate: 10.82%
Absolute Growth: 2,662

8. Lowell

Lowell, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,756
Population 2010: 7,001
Growth Rate: 10.78%
Absolute Growth: 755

9. Rogers

Rogers, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,944
Population 2010: 53,207
Growth Rate: 10.78%
Absolute Growth: 5,737

10. Benton

Benton, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,208
Population 2010: 29,118
Growth Rate: 10.61%
Absolute Growth: 3,090

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Arkansas are led by Centerton which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Centerton 1 10,278 8,314 1,964 23.6%
Bentonville 2 38,572 32,685 5,887 18.0%
Bryant 3 18,497 15,757 2,740 17.4%
Springdale 4 73,789 66,461 7,328 11.0%
Conway 5 62,455 56,255 6,200 11.0%
Cabot 6 24,768 22,333 2,435 10.9%
Bella Vista 7 27,273 24,611 2,662 10.8%
Lowell 8 7,756 7,001 755 10.8%
Rogers 9 58,944 53,207 5,737 10.8%
Benton 10 32,208 29,118 3,090 10.6%
Maumelle 11 17,565 15,918 1,647 10.3%
Beebe 12 7,688 6,978 710 10.2%
Siloam Springs 13 15,614 14,370 1,244 8.7%
Jonesboro 14 70,217 64,798 5,419 8.4%
Farmington 15 6,208 5,763 445 7.7%
Fayetteville 16 77,264 71,770 5,494 7.7%
Greenwood 17 9,222 8,634 588 6.8%
Searcy 18 23,524 22,128 1,396 6.3%
Marion 19 12,354 11,693 661 5.7%
Paragould 20 26,859 25,422 1,437 5.7%
Alma 21 5,514 5,245 269 5.1%
North Little Rock 22 64,731 61,698 3,033 4.9%
Sherwood 23 30,061 28,690 1,371 4.8%
Russellville 24 28,581 27,300 1,281 4.7%
Malvern 25 10,695 10,273 422 4.1%
De Queen 26 6,671 6,409 262 4.1%
Batesville 27 10,386 10,045 341 3.4%
Van Buren 28 22,955 22,236 719 3.2%
Clarksville 29 9,286 9,005 281 3.1%
Monticello 30 9,718 9,441 277 2.9%
Little Rock 31 196,188 190,718 5,470 2.9%
Berryville 32 5,329 5,206 123 2.4%
Fort Smith 33 87,193 85,200 1,993 2.3%
Heber Springs 34 7,177 7,076 101 1.4%
Harrison 35 13,103 12,928 175 1.4%
Jacksonville 36 28,728 28,498 230 0.8%
Texarkana 37 30,015 29,787 228 0.8%
Trumann 38 7,222 7,172 50 0.7%
Morrilton 39 6,764 6,723 41 0.6%
Magnolia 40 11,681 11,648 33 0.3%
Arkadelphia 41 10,703 10,697 6 0.1%
White Hall 42 5,392 5,394 -2 -0.0%
Mountain Home 43 12,338 12,345 -7 -0.1%
Hot Springs 44 35,486 35,604 -118 -0.3%
Forrest City 45 15,122 15,174 -52 -0.3%
Newport 46 7,817 7,883 -66 -0.8%
Pocahontas 47 6,543 6,608 -65 -1.0%
Mena 48 5,701 5,768 -67 -1.2%
Wynne 49 8,296 8,408 -112 -1.3%
Stuttgart 50 9,269 9,400 -131 -1.4%
Hope 51 10,033 10,204 -171 -1.7%
West Memphis 52 25,767 26,391 -624 -2.4%
Warren 53 5,918 6,064 -146 -2.4%
Camden 54 11,861 12,246 -385 -3.1%
Crossett 55 5,389 5,585 -196 -3.5%
El Dorado 56 18,590 19,278 -688 -3.6%
Blytheville 57 15,251 15,874 -623 -3.9%
Osceola 58 7,535 7,857 -322 -4.1%
Pine Bluff 59 47,058 50,039 -2,981 -6.0%
Helena-West Helena 60 11,795 12,650 -855 -6.8%

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