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Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau began releasing population data from the 2020 Census, starting with state populations.  Some takeaways:

  • Arkansas' population is 3,013,756, an increase of 3.3% over 2010.
    • this is a net increase of about 87,000 people (from 2,926,229 in 2010)
    • this increase is below the national state growth average of 7.4%
    • our number of congressional seats will remain unchanged at four (with Electoral College votes remaining unchanged at six)
  • Total U.S. population is  331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% over 2010
    • this is a net increase of about 23,000,000 people (from 308,745,538 in 2010)
    • this is the second smallest decade-long growth in the history of the census, only slightly higher than the 7.3% growth from the 1930's in the aftermath of the Great Depression
    • this growth is roughly half the rate exhibited during the 1990s (13.2%)
    • the slowing growth is largely a result of a decline in the number of births, increased deaths, and lower immigration levels
  • The eight fastest growing states (in order):
    • Utah (18.4%)
    • Idaho (17.3%)
    • Texas (15.9%)
    • North Dakota (15.8%)
    • Nevada (15.0%)
    • Colorado (14.8%)
    • Washington (14.6%)
    • Florida (14.6%)
  • Three states recorded negative growth/population decline (in order of worst to least):
    • West Virginia (-3.2%)
    • Mississippi (-0.2%)
    • Illinois (-0.1%)

More granular census data at county and municipal levels will be released late summer/early fall.

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Arkansas fell behind Utah and Nevada, but passed Mississippi.   

States in the range of Arkansas' population:

State 2010 Population 2010 Rank 2020 Population 2020 Rank
Arkansas 2,915,918 32 3,011,524 33
Connecticut 3,574,097 29 3,605,944 29
Iowa 3,046,355 30 3,190,369 31
Kansas 2,853,118 33 2,937,880 35
Mississippi 2,967,297 31 2,961,279 34
Nevada 2,700,551 35 3,104,614 32
Oklahoma 3,751,351 28 3,959,353 28
Utah 2,763,885 34 3,271,616 30
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12 hours ago, Architect said:

Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau began releasing population data from the 2020 Census, starting with state populations.  Some takeaways:

  • Arkansas' population is 3,013,756, an increase of 3.3% over 2010.
    • this is a net increase of about 87,000 people (from 2,926,229 in 2010)
    • this increase is below the national state growth average of 7.4%
    • our number of congressional seats will remain unchanged at four (with Electoral College votes remaining unchanged at six)
  • Total U.S. population is  331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% over 2010
    • this is a net increase of about 23,000,000 people (from 308,745,538 in 2010)
    • this is the second smallest decade-long growth in the history of the census, only slightly higher than the 7.3% growth from the 1930's in the aftermath of the Great Depression
    • this growth is roughly half the rate exhibited during the 1990s (13.2%)
    • the slowing growth is largely a result of a decline in the number of births, increased deaths, and lower immigration levels
  • The eight fastest growing states (in order):
    • Utah (18.4%)
    • Idaho (17.3%)
    • Texas (15.9%)
    • North Dakota (15.8%)
    • Nevada (15.0%)
    • Colorado (14.8%)
    • Washington (14.6%)
    • Florida (14.6%)
  • Three states recorded negative growth/population decline (in order of worst to least):
    • West Virginia (-3.2%)
    • Mississippi (-0.2%)
    • Illinois (-0.1%)

More granular census data at county and municipal levels will be released late summer/early fall.

Looks like you've got the number wrong from 2010, as it was 2,915,918, which results in a 97,000 increase.  From 2000 to 2010, we had an increase of 242k, a 9.1% increase, which was very close to the National 9.7% increase.  I wonder what factors went into our rate of growth dropping to less than half of the National rate over the past decade

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5 hours ago, MDC26 said:

Looks like you've got the number wrong from 2010, as it was 2,915,918, which results in a 97,000 increase.  From 2000 to 2010, we had an increase of 242k, a 9.1% increase, which was very close to the National 9.7% increase.  I wonder what factors went into our rate of growth dropping to less than half of the National rate over the past decade

I got my numbers straight from an Arkansas Business report on the census outcome...I guess I just repeated their error.  The link is as follows:  https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/135532/arkansas-population-grows-by-more-than-87000-over-decade

That being said, good point about the disproportionate slowdown in state growth compared to 2000-2010.  I have no idea why that would be...clearly the population loss of rural Arkansas was disproportionately higher than the population gains this decade as compared to the last.  On reflection, that isn't surprising given all of the data about accelerated rural population loss.

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