Arkansas population – Visit My Arkansas http://visitmyarkansas.com/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:59:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://visitmyarkansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png Arkansas population – Visit My Arkansas http://visitmyarkansas.com/ 32 32 Arkansas population center continues north and west https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-population-center-continues-north-and-west/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-population-center-continues-north-and-west/ Arkansas’ population shift to the northwest is reflected in U.S. Census data and in decisions based on that data, such as the distribution of state legislative seats. Census results also reveal a specific location showing the change: the state’s “historic population center” – the place where an imaginary, flat map of Arkansas would balance out […]]]>

Arkansas’ population shift to the northwest is reflected in U.S. Census data and in decisions based on that data, such as the distribution of state legislative seats.

Census results also reveal a specific location showing the change: the state’s “historic population center” – the place where an imaginary, flat map of Arkansas would balance out perfectly if every resident of the state stood on it at his home.

The center never went west of Perry County or further north than Mayflower in Faulkner County for 100 years between 1880 and 1980, according to state calculations. The State determines these centers after each decennial census.

The equilibrium point in Arkansas is now north of Morrilton at Lake Overcup in Conway County, the state’s Geographic Information Service office calculated on Dec. 17 based on census figures from 2020. The last center follows a stable northwest trajectory for each census since 1980.

“Before long, if lawmakers in urban centers in northwest Arkansas and central Arkansas agree on something, they’ll get it through the Legislature,” said Bill Stovall, who was president of Arkansas House in 2005 and 2006. The concentration of representation in these urban areas and northeast Arkansas will become too large for the rest of the state to compensate, he said. declared.

“If they can make a political alliance, they can set tax and tax policy,” he said.

The partisan divide between Republicans in northwest Arkansas and a delegation from Pulaski County in central Arkansas that is still largely Democrat will make little difference, Stovall predicted.

“The political divide in the state will be less of a Republican-Democratic divide than an urban-rural divide,” he said.

The state has 23 Democrats in the 100-member House and parts of central Arkansas are Republican-leaning, he said. Stovall was a Democrat during his four terms in the House.

Thirteen members of the House of 100 live in Washington or Benton counties. New district maps approved on November 29 will bring that number to 17. Legislative districts are redrawn after each census to equalize their populations.

Pulaski County, the state’s most populous county and the home county of Little Rock, the state’s largest city, will have 13 House members. Neighboring Faulkner County will have six. Any measure that delegations from those counties agree on would need 15 votes out of the remaining 64 members of the House to pass in that chamber. Five other House seats will be wholly or partially in Craighead County. Four more will include all or part of Sebastian County, which includes the state’s third largest city, Fort Smith.

Benton County also secured a new 35-member Senate seat, giving Benton and Washington counties a combined total of six, with another district that includes southern Washington County.

The ongoing change in state policy is reflected in the maps of the state’s congressional districts. In 1982, Benton, Washington, Carroll, Crawford, and Madison counties were five counties in a 20-county 3rd Congressional District dominated by Fort Smith, then Arkansas’ second largest city.

These five counties are now the only ones to remain entirely within the district after new boundaries were drawn earlier this year. Part of Sebastian County also in the district includes Fort Smith, which is now the third largest city just ahead of Springdale, according to census results. No part of another county is in the district

Also in 1982, voters in Benton County cast 26,322 ballots in that year’s gubernatorial race. Washington County’s total in the same contest was 29,705. The two counties totaled 7.1% of the vote that year.

In the last gubernatorial race in 2018, Benton County received a total of 77,534 votes. Washington County voters cast 65,863 ballots in that race. The two counties combined accounted for 16% of the vote – nearly one in six of all ballots cast. If the state’s population growth had been uniform, this percentage would have remained the same.

REASONS FOR DISPLACEMENT

Many more factors are playing into the shift to the northwest than the growth in northwest Arkansas, said Shelby Johnson, the state’s chief information officer.

“You can trace this back to the mechanization of agriculture in the 1960s,” Johnson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “As late as the 1940s and 1950s the population of the state was in the east.”

People go to where the jobs are, he said. Agriculture was the state’s most important employment sector before machines such as cotton combines and other combines took over from row crops.

“In the 1920s and 1930s and into the 1940s, agriculture and the people who lived on it were rooted in Pine Bluff and Helena,” Johnson said. State calculations show that the center of the population landed as far east as present-day Sherwood in Pulaski County after the 1960 census, then fell back north of present-day Maumelle in the census. following. The center has moved north and west in every census year since, records show.

Growth in the Jonesboro area in northeast Arkansas is pulling the center north, even with the strongest growth in the west, Johnson said.

The main practical effect of the change is economic and political, said Mayor Kevin Smith of Helena-West Helena. Smith is a former state senator. Prior to that, he served in Washington, DC on the staff of the late Senator Dale Bumpers, D-Ark. Smith successfully ran for mayor in 2018.

“A century ago, Helena was what northwest Arkansas is today,” Smith told Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Rex Nelson in 2019. “That was the game. state where people moved because there were jobs. We were among the best cities in the country for the hardwood industry with several large sawmills. The city on the banks of the Mississippi River enjoys ‘access to this waterway.

Smith said he was not surprised at the location of the new population center when contacted by phone on Tuesday.

“It really sounds like it,” he said, referring to the politics and economics of the state moving away from the east. “But I believe in the pendulums. There is currently a couple who bought one of the historic homes here and are restoring it who worked for Walmart. They can do what they do remotely and work from home.”

Her son, Smith said, has returned from California and is buying a house in town for the same reason: relatively lower house prices coupled with the ability to work from home thanks to better and improved internet connections.

“Northern California is beautiful, but first it was the house prices and then the wildfires came,” Smith said.

Rising house prices could block the northwest trend in central Arkansas.

Groups such as the Walton Family Foundation and the Northwest Arkansas Council, which identify and work on regional issues, have cited rapidly rising house prices as a serious threat to the continued growth of Northwest Arkansas.

The average selling price of a home in Benton County or Washington has increased 44% over the past five years, according to the Arvest Bank Skyline report from August 31. The average home price jumped 16.2% from January to June compared to home prices from January 2020 to June 2020, according to the Arvest report.

“If people can work where they want, it all depends on education and quality of life,” Smith said.

People will work and live in areas with good schools, affordable housing and access to basic necessities such as clean water, which his city has plenty of, he said.

“If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere, and we are already seeing it happening here,” he said.

Arkansas’ Fastest Growing Cities

These cities increased by at least 50% between the 2010 and 2020 U.S. censuses and had a population of at least 1,000 in 2020:

Cave Springs (Benton County): 217.8%

Brookland (Craighead): 147.5%

Southside (Independence): 100% *

Goshen (Washington): 96.3%

Centerton (Benton): 87%

Austin (Lonoke) 69.8%

Tontitown (Washington): 63%

Prairie Grove (Washington): 60.8%

Elm Springs (Washington): 53.8%

Bentonville (Benton): 53.4%

Gravette (Benton): 52.6%

* Southside was incorporated as a city in 2014

Source: National Office for Geographic Information Systems

CORRECTION: Joneboro is in Craighead County. An earlier version of this story listed the wrong county.

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The people of central Arkansas are lagging behind. Maybe highways don’t create growth after all https://visitmyarkansas.com/the-people-of-central-arkansas-are-lagging-behind-maybe-highways-dont-create-growth-after-all/ Mon, 30 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/the-people-of-central-arkansas-are-lagging-behind-maybe-highways-dont-create-growth-after-all/ The Democrat-Gazette presented today Director of Metroplan Tab Townsell’s lament at a recent regional planning agency board meeting that growth in central Arkansas has plummeted over the past decade, with population growth of 6.9 percent (less than half of the increase in the previous decade) of the six counties attributed to natural growth (more births […]]]>

The Democrat-Gazette presented today Director of Metroplan Tab Townsell’s lament at a recent regional planning agency board meeting that growth in central Arkansas has plummeted over the past decade, with population growth of 6.9 percent (less than half of the increase in the previous decade) of the six counties attributed to natural growth (more births than deaths) rather than the migration of new residents.

The situation was even worse in Little Rock, with only 4.7% population growth.

Townsell concludes that the area may not be considered a hotspot for quarry construction, unlike Northwest Arkansas. Duh. We may be giving birth to more children, but jobs have stagnated here over time, according to federal figures. Basically flat in Little Rock for two decades, with little growth mostly in government jobs.

Townsell now touts amenities, such as building a regional trail system like the Green Lane in Northwest Arkansas as a way to build the region. From the article:

More generally, such a network would offer benefits beyond transport, including improving the quality of life in the region and promoting economic development, according to supporters of the concept.

The development of amenities such as cycle lanes is an increasingly important element in attracting young workers, which could stop further declines in the rate of population growth.

The irony here is rich thanks to a multibillion dollar elephant in the Metroplan boardroom.

If Townsell mentioned it, it was not included in the DG article and it is this:

Decades of building ever-widening freeways to suburban counties, including 30 Crossing, the more than $ 1 billion concrete ravine that cratered downtown Little Rock, apparently failed product of economic and demographic growth. Say it isn’t, Tab.

Metroplan has been and remains one of the main advocates, through a suburban five-county-controlled council, of an ongoing orgy of spending on Little Rock’s freeways to cut the travel time during peak half hour at Little Rock.

Could anyone think that 10 lane highways are not a “amenity”?

That the traffic grids of cities ruined by such highways are not “amenities”?

That demolished neighborhoods are not “amenities”.

That more air pollution is not a “pleasure”.

That the flight of middle-class people to the suburbs – aided not only by wider freeways, but also by senseless city policies such as free commuter cars for the Little Rock Police Force – has not had an impact. favorable on Little Rock? Good schools are an approval.

Think for a moment about the pending proposal to increase the sales tax on Little Rock’s groceries and other items (including utilities) by one dime on the dollar. The half billion planned spending includes $ 5 million to pay security guards to escort people to their cars downtown. Is it an “approval”?

It may take more than a “green lane” to fix what is afflicting us.

But if you want a little excitement, downtown LR is bustling with life.

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What the U.S. Census Found About the Arkansas Population, Representation https://visitmyarkansas.com/what-the-u-s-census-found-about-the-arkansas-population-representation/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/what-the-u-s-census-found-about-the-arkansas-population-representation/ The River Valley responded to the U.S. census at lower rates than the rest of the country. Nationally, people responded to the census at a rate of 67%. All counties in the river valley responded to the census at percentages below 67%, according to the 2020 State Census Self-Response Map available from the Agricultural Research […]]]>

The River Valley responded to the U.S. census at lower rates than the rest of the country.

Nationally, people responded to the census at a rate of 67%. All counties in the river valley responded to the census at percentages below 67%, according to the 2020 State Census Self-Response Map available from the Agricultural Research and Extension Division of the United States. University of Arkansas.

Residents of all counties in the River Valley except Sebastian County completed the census fewer times in 2020 than in 2010.

Residents of Logan County responded 53.9% in 2020 and 63.6% in 2010. Residents of Franklin County responded 61.4% in 2020 and 62.8% in 2010. Residents of the county of Crawford responded 60.3% in 2020 and 65.4% in 2010.

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Arkansas population grows by more than 87,000 in ten years https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-population-grows-by-more-than-87000-in-ten-years/ Mon, 26 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-population-grows-by-more-than-87000-in-ten-years/ Arkansas population grows by more than 87,000 in decade Updated: 5:41 PM CDT April 26, 2021 Hide transcription Show transcript NEED TO RETURN IN FALL TO WORK ON REDISTRICTING. LIVE REPORT, KENDALL ASHMAN, 4029 NEWS. THE US CENSUS BUREAU HAS RELEASED THEIR 2020 CENSUS BREAKDOWN RESULTS. THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS VIRTUALLY MEETING TODAY TO PROVIDE […]]]>

Arkansas population grows by more than 87,000 in decade



NEED TO RETURN IN FALL TO WORK ON REDISTRICTING. LIVE REPORT, KENDALL ASHMAN, 4029 NEWS. THE US CENSUS BUREAU HAS RELEASED THEIR 2020 CENSUS BREAKDOWN RESULTS. THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS VIRTUALLY MEETING TODAY TO PROVIDE THE LATEST DATA ON THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS THE UNITED STATES AND THE REGIONS THE GREATEST GROWTH. <> (“According to the census, the number of people living in the United States was 331,449,281. This represents an increase of 7.4%, or the official population count of the 2010 census. This growth rate of population is lower than the previous growth rate of 9.7% between the 2020 census to 10. In fact, the torrent’s growth rate, from 2010 to 2020, is the second slowest in US history . “) THE SOUTHERN REGION OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH INCLUDES ARKANSAS AND OKLAHOMA, WERE AMONG THE FASTEST GROWING IN THE COUNTRY. THEREFORE, ON A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR STATES, ACCORDING TO THE 2020 CENSUS, THE POPULATION OF ARKANSAS HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 86 THOUSAND PEOPLE OVER THE LAST DECADE, AS OKLAHOMA’S POPULATION INCREASES BY OVER 198 THOUSANDS

Arkansas population grows by more than 87,000 in ten years

The latest data from the US Census Bureau shows that Arkansas’ population has grown by more than 87,000 people over the past decade. Data released Monday shows the population of Arkansas, including U.S. military and civilian employees and their families living abroad, totaled more than 3 million people. The state’s population after the 2010 census was over 2.9 million. The increase means that the number of congressional seats in the state will remain unchanged at four. Its number of votes in the Electoral College will also remain unchanged at six. The numbers were released as lawmakers are set to wrap up this year’s session with plans to return in the fall for congressional redistribution.

The latest data from the US Census Bureau shows that Arkansas’ population has grown by more than 87,000 people over the past decade.

Data released Monday shows the population of Arkansas, including U.S. military and civilian employees and their families living abroad, totaled more than 3 million people.

The state’s population after the 2010 census was over 2.9 million.

The increase means that the number of congressional seats in the state will remain unchanged at four. Its number of votes in the Electoral College will also remain unchanged at six.

The numbers were released as lawmakers are set to wrap up this year’s session with plans to return in the fall for congressional redistribution.

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