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Metroplan's annual review shows Metro LR growth slightly ahead of national average

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GROWTH: Smaller cities in the region lead the way in population growth. This, along with commercial development that follows, is undoubtedly part of the explanation for Little Rock's stagnant revenue growth.
  • GROWTH: Smaller cities in the region lead the way in population growth. This, along with commercial development that follows, is undoubtedly part of the explanation for Little Rock's stagnant revenue growth.

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Metroplan has issued its annual democgraphic study and outlook. Key finding from the Little Rock metropolitan area from the planning agency:

Population growth has slowed over the past five years in the Central Arkansas region, but has continued to slightly exceed U.S. population growth from 2010-2015 [1 percent locally versus .8 percent nationally]. However, state-wide growth has slowed considerably,  now growing at about half the U.S. average
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Growth in Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke counties continues to exceed that in Pulaski County.

Other items of note:

* Last year, 2014, housing starts were at their lowest number since 1992.

* The pace of ethnic change has slowed dramatically. From 2000 to 2009, the Latino population grew 10.3 percent. Growth from 2010-13 was 1.9 percent.

Here's a link to the publication.

Of interest is the growing poverty rate — everywhere, but particularly in suburban cities. This has been written about quite a bit recently. Suburban growth has often been seen as a movement to leave decaying cities. Some would argue that race plays a role. But there's little doubt that economic considerations are at work.

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