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Arkansans Fleeing Delta in Big Numbers

APRIL 15, 2005 - Posted at 4:41 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - New data out from the U.S. Census Bureau today shows that Arkansans are fleeing the Delta counties while the central and northwestern parts of the state have seen double-digit growth over the past four years.

Experts and economists say the new data show that Arkansas' burgeoning northwest corridor is experiencing unprecedented growth while the counties along the Mississippi River are watching residents pack up and leave.  Meanwhile, Arkansas' most populous area, Pulaski County, did not see sustained growth, but its collar counties, like Lonoke, Faulkner and Saline, took in the metro area's suburbanites.

The state's fastest-growing county was Benton County, which grew 16.1 percent from 2000 to 2004 while Phillips and Monroe counties each lost 7.5 percent of their residents.  Lonoke County had 10.4 percent growth and Faulkner County had 10.1 percent growth.

Experts and economists in Arkansas say the population shifts are all due to job opportunities.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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