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New census data shows Craighead County one of few in region growing

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Craighead County's population is now estimated at over 101,000. Thursday, the bureau released its yearly population estimates.

The bureau had an estimated 101,488 in July 2013. That number is up from the July 2012 estimate of 99,920 and the official 2010 census of 96,443. Those numbers reflect a 5% growth over four years.

Craighead County was the only county in the region to show significant growth. In fact, the bureau reported a loss in population in many counties from 2012 to 2013. Greene County had a slight decrease year to year from 43,165 to 43,097, but higher from the 2010 Census number of 42,090.

Counties along the Mississippi River saw the biggest population declines. Mississippi, Crittenden, St. Francis, Lee, and Phillips Counties all saw significant declines from 2012 to 2013. The latest numbers also reflect a migration from rural to urban areas, a trend that does not show signs of slowing.

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2013 Population Estimates

         
Geography April 1, 2010 Population Estimate (as of July 1)
  Census Estimates Base 2010 2011 2012 2013
Arkansas 2,915,918 2,915,916 2,922,280 2,938,506 2,949,828 2,959,373
Missouri 5,988,927 5,988,923 5,996,063 6,010,065 6,024,522 6,044,171
Baxter County, Arkansas  41,513   41,513   41,554   41,276   41,055   40,957 
Butler County, Missouri  42,794  42,794  42,811  43,045  43,108  43,083
Clay County, Arkansas  16,083   16,083   16,058   15,843   15,592   15,402 
Cleburne County, Arkansas  25,970   25,970   25,990   25,944   25,788   25,686 
Craighead County, Arkansas  96,443   96,443   96,726   98,374   99,920   101,488 
Crittenden County, Arkansas  50,902   50,902   50,952   50,518   50,088   49,746 
Cross County, Arkansas  17,870   17,866   17,843   17,753   17,686   17,548 
Dunklin County, Missouri  31,953  31,953  31,950  32,038  31,901  31,712
Fulton County, Arkansas  12,245   12,245   12,215   12,301   12,278   12,304 
Greene County, Arkansas  42,090   42,090   42,195   42,719   43,165   43,097 
Howell County, Missouri  40,400  40,400  40,612  40,687  40,683  40,393
Independence County, Arkansas  36,647   36,646   36,805   36,849   37,020   36,997 
Izard County, Arkansas  13,696   13,696   13,678   13,569   13,505   13,368 
Jackson County, Arkansas  17,997   17,998   18,050  17,818  17,619   17,615 
Lawrence County, Arkansas  17,415   17,412   17,501   17,261   17,028   17,011 
Lee County, Arkansas  10,424   10,424   10,381   10,279   10,200   10,015 
Mississippi County, Arkansas  46,480   46,480   46,372   46,039   45,529   44,765 
New Madrid County, Missouri  18,956  18,960  18,937  18,794  18,483  18,365
Oregon County, Missouri  10,881  10,881  10,920  11,052  10,985  10,996
Pemiscot County, Missouri  18,296  18,296  18,255  18,209  18,134  17,823
Poinsett County, Arkansas  24,583   24,583   24,541   24,428   24,270   24,145 
Randolph County, Arkansas  17,969   17,969   17,950   17,987   17,885   17,692 
Ripley County, Missouri  14,100  14,100  14,107  14,134  14,047  14,032
St. Francis County, Arkansas  28,258   28,258   28,173   27,944   27,859   27,260 
Sharp County, Arkansas  17,264   17,267   17,278   17,277   17,037   17,049 
Stone County, Arkansas  12,394   12,394   12,419   12,585   12,661   12,581 
White County, Arkansas  77,076   77,076   77,339   78,107   78,622   78,483 
Woodruff County, Arkansas  7,260   7,264   7,246   7,203   7,084   7,072 
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