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:
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.
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]
Population 2014: 10,278 Population 2010: 8,314
Growth Rate: 23.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,964
Population: 38,572 Population 2010: 32,685
Growth Rate: 18.01%
Absolute Growth: 5,887
Population: 18,497 Population 2010: 15,757
Growth Rate: 17.39%
Absolute Growth: 2,740
Population: 73,789 Population 2010: 66,461
Growth Rate: 11.03%
Absolute Growth: 7,328
Population: 62,455 Population 2010: 56,255
Growth Rate: 11.02%
Absolute Growth: 6,200
Population: 24,768 Population 2010: 22,333
Growth Rate: 10.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,435
7. Bella Vista
Population: 27,273 Population 2010: 24,611
Growth Rate: 10.82%
Absolute Growth: 2,662
Population: 7,756 Population 2010: 7,001
Growth Rate: 10.78%
Absolute Growth: 755
Population: 58,944 Population 2010: 53,207
Growth Rate: 10.78%
Absolute Growth: 5,737
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
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