With 3.3% gain, state's head count tops 3 million

U.S. grew by 7.4% to 331.45 million between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2020.

By Frank E. Lockwood
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas grew by 3.3% since the last census, topping 3 million people for the first time but failing to keep pace with the rest of the nation.

Overall, the United States grew by 7.4% to 331.45 million between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday.

Arkansas will continue to have four seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Officially, there were 3,011,524 people living in Arkansas on the day of the census; another 2,232 Arkansans were military or civilian federal employees and their dependents. In the previous count, the state had 2,915,918 residents, with 10,311 Arkansans serving abroad.

"The Census shows continued growth in Arkansas that we are well over 3 million people," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. It "also reflects that nationwide there continues to be a shift in population and congressional seats to Midwestern and Southern states, and I think this is a good sign for the future of Arkansas."

Randy Zook, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, said the addition of nearly 100,000 residents is "a sign of a healthy environment."

"People are drawn to Arkansas," he said. "We need to keep working on that and keep making it even more attractive."

Census officials haven't yet released city or county population totals.

The state region with the biggest increase, Zook predicted, will be Northwest Arkansas.

"You've got a number of counties that are going to have growth, but the real growth is in Washington and Benton [counties]," he said, predicting a gain of roughly 80,000 people in those areas.

Many of the state's rural counties will experience population losses, he said. READ MORE.

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