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:
- Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bryant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pea Ridge (Homes For Sale)
- Greenbrier (Homes For Sale)
- Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Benton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Springdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Conway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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
More on Centerton: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 42,499 Population 2010: 32,685
Growth Rate: 30.03%
Absolute Growth: 9,814
More on Bentonville: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
5. Pea Ridge
Population: 5,177 Population 2010: 4,414
Growth Rate: 17.29%
Absolute Growth: 763
More on Pea Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 5,164 Population 2010: 4,405
Growth Rate: 17.23%
Absolute Growth: 759
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.
Population: 61,979 Population 2010: 53,207
Growth Rate: 16.49%
Absolute Growth: 8,772
More on Rogers: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 76,188 Population 2010: 66,461
Growth Rate: 14.64%
Absolute Growth: 9,727
More on Springdale: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 64,184 Population 2010: 56,255
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 7,929
More on Conway: Homes For Sale | Data
Conway is a city in the American state of Arkansas and the county seat of Faulkner County, located in the state’s most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area, Central Arkansas. Although sometimes considered a suburb of Little Rock, Conway is unique in that the majority of its residents do not commute out of the city to work. The city also serves as a regional shopping, educational, work, healthcare, sports, and cultural hub for Faulkner County and surrounding areas. Conway’s growth can be attributed to its jobs in technology and higher education with its largest employers being Acxiom, the University of Central Arkansas, Hewlett Packard, Hendrix College, Insight Enterprises, and many technology start up companies. Conway is home to three post-secondary educational institutions, earning it the nickname “The City of Colleges”.
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:
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- 10 Most Dangerous Places in Arkansas
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas
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