by Max Brantley
The 2010 Census figures for Arkansas were released today.
Here's a quick look at growth in the largest cities and counties (It had been announced earlier that Arkansas population overall grew 9.1 percent, to 2.9 million):
Data for Arkansas show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Little Rock, 193,524; Fort Smith, 86,209; Fayetteville, 73,580; Springdale, 69,797; and Jonesboro, 67,263. Little Rock grew by 5.7 percent since the 2000 Census. Fort Smith grew by 7.4 percent, Fayetteville grew by 26.8 percent, Springdale grew by 52.4 percent, and Jonesboro by 21.2 percent.
The largest county is Pulaski with a population of 382,748. Its population grew by 5.9 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Benton, with a population of 221,339 (increase of 44.3 percent); Washington, 203,065 (increase of 28.8 percent); Sebastian, 125,744 (increase of 9.3 percent); and Faulkner, 113,237 (increase of 31.6 percent).
The data is important in coming legislative and congressional redistricting.
This interactive data link is a pretty good overview and a way to select counties of interest. You'll note Hispanic/Latino origin population in Arkansas grew 114 percent over 10 years, to more than 6 percent of the population. Among racial identifications, the growth in black population was slightly greater than the growth in white population — 7 per cent to 5 percent — and the percentage each represents in total population is now 15 and 77 percent.