Fastest-growing counties in Arkansas

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August 1, 2021
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Fastest-growing counties in Arkansas

From 2018 to 2019, the U.S. population grew by .48%, its slowest rate in 100 years. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years.

But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in Arkansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2019, based on 5-year estimates.

A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” (a municipality with an atypically large commuting population) to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds. Keep reading to see if your home county made the list.

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#30. Sharp County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -293
--- #2,055 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -1.7%
--- #30 among counties in Arkansas, #1,923 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 17,139
--- #43 largest county in Arkansas, #1,966 largest county nationwide
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#29. Conway County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -201
--- #1,899 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -1.0%
--- #29 among counties in Arkansas, #1,767 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 20,858
--- #34 largest county in Arkansas, #1,779 largest county nationwide
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#28. Drew County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -129
--- #1,755 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -0.7%
--- #27 among counties in Arkansas, #1,713 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 18,417
--- #38 largest county in Arkansas, #1,900 largest county nationwide
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#27. Perry County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -80
--- #1,670 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -0.8%
--- #28 among counties in Arkansas, #1,732 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 10,355
--- #63 largest county in Arkansas, #2,397 largest county nationwide
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#26. Izard County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -66
--- #1,654 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -0.5%
--- #26 among counties in Arkansas, #1,658 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 13,570
--- #52 largest county in Arkansas, #2,189 largest county nationwide
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#25. Fulton County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: -32
--- #1,607 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: -0.3%
--- #25 among counties in Arkansas, #1,610 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 12,231
--- #57 largest county in Arkansas, #2,274 largest county nationwide
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#24. Baxter County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +39
--- #1,507 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +0.1%
--- #24 among counties in Arkansas, #1,545 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 41,427
--- #18 largest county in Arkansas, #1,142 largest county nationwide
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#23. Stone County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +154
--- #1,380 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +1.2%
--- #22 among counties in Arkansas, #1,330 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 12,475
--- #55 largest county in Arkansas, #2,258 largest county nationwide
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#22. Sevier County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +445
--- #1,182 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +2.7%
--- #19 among counties in Arkansas, #1,102 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 17,081
--- #44 largest county in Arkansas, #1,971 largest county nationwide
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#21. Grant County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +469
--- #1,171 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +2.7%
--- #20 among counties in Arkansas, #1,106 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 18,126
--- #39 largest county in Arkansas, #1,915 largest county nationwide
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#20. Miller County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +524
--- #1,144 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +1.2%
--- #23 among counties in Arkansas, #1,338 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 43,572
--- #16 largest county in Arkansas, #1,100 largest county nationwide
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#19. Boone County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +621
--- #1,111 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +1.7%
--- #21 among counties in Arkansas, #1,255 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 37,331
--- #21 largest county in Arkansas, #1,239 largest county nationwide
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#18. Madison County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +704
--- #1,075 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +4.5%
--- #11 among counties in Arkansas, #849 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 16,211
--- #50 largest county in Arkansas, #2,025 largest county nationwide
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#17. Hot Spring County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +926
--- #999 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +2.8%
--- #18 among counties in Arkansas, #1,081 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 33,597
--- #22 largest county in Arkansas, #1,339 largest county nationwide
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#16. Carroll County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +994
--- #975 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +3.7%
--- #14 among counties in Arkansas, #957 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 27,965
--- #23 largest county in Arkansas, #1,496 largest county nationwide
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#15. Johnson County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +1,192
--- #934 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +4.7%
--- #10 among counties in Arkansas, #826 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 26,372
--- #24 largest county in Arkansas, #1,549 largest county nationwide
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#14. Independence County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +1,433
--- #879 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +4.0%
--- #13 among counties in Arkansas, #916 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 37,427
--- #20 largest county in Arkansas, #1,236 largest county nationwide
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#13. Crawford County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +1,961
--- #782 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +3.2%
--- #16 among counties in Arkansas, #1,017 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 62,739
--- #13 largest county in Arkansas, #842 largest county nationwide
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#12. Garland County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,265
--- #644 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +3.4%
--- #15 among counties in Arkansas, #990 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 98,555
--- #8 largest county in Arkansas, #602 largest county nationwide
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#11. Pope County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,301
--- #640 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +5.5%
--- #8 among counties in Arkansas, #746 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 63,761
--- #12 largest county in Arkansas, #834 largest county nationwide
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#10. Greene County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,619
--- #616 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +8.8%
--- #7 among counties in Arkansas, #487 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 44,937
--- #15 largest county in Arkansas, #1,076 largest county nationwide
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#9. Sebastian County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,744
--- #609 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +3.0%
--- #17 among counties in Arkansas, #1,043 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 127,591
--- #4 largest county in Arkansas, #496 largest county nationwide
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#8. White County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +3,805
--- #602 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +5.1%
--- #9 among counties in Arkansas, #793 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 78,762
--- #9 largest county in Arkansas, #708 largest county nationwide
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#7. Lonoke County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +6,682
--- #477 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +10.1%
--- #6 among counties in Arkansas, #394 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 72,528
--- #10 largest county in Arkansas, #747 largest county nationwide
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#6. Craighead County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +14,016
--- #329 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +15.0%
--- #4 among counties in Arkansas, #196 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 107,345
--- #7 largest county in Arkansas, #562 largest county nationwide
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#5. Faulkner County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +15,249
--- #315 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +14.1%
--- #5 among counties in Arkansas, #220 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 123,624
--- #5 largest county in Arkansas, #511 largest county nationwide
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#4. Pulaski County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +15,907
--- #306 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +4.2%
--- #12 among counties in Arkansas, #888 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 392,967
--- #1 largest county in Arkansas, #178 largest county nationwide
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#3. Saline County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +16,976
--- #294 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +16.6%
--- #3 among counties in Arkansas, #159 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 119,415
--- #6 largest county in Arkansas, #522 largest county nationwide
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#2. Washington County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +35,097
--- #149 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +17.8%
--- #2 among counties in Arkansas, #136 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 232,289
--- #3 largest county in Arkansas, #283 largest county nationwide
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#1. Benton County

- 2010 to 2019 population change: +55,848
--- #93 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2019 percent population change: +26.6%
--- #1 among counties in Arkansas, #51 among all counties nationwide
- 2019 population: 265,759
--- #2 largest county in Arkansas, #257 largest county nationwide

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