The 2003 United States census released Wednesday shows Northwest Arkansas's population boomed between 2002 and 2003 as the Arkansas Delta continued to lose residents.
Overall, the state saw a .72 percent population gain. Arkansas had an estimated 2,725,714 residents in 2003.
Benton county was the state's fastest-growing county, at 4.8 percent growth. Lee county led the state in population decline with a -3.07 percent population loss. Among the state's larger cities, Bryant recorded the highest population growth between 2002 and 2003 at 15.83 percent.
Census estimates showed Bryant had more than 12,000 residents in 2003.
Little rock, the state's largest city, had .22 percent growth from 2002 to 2003.