LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The state's population may be getting older but more people are moving to Arkansas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state recently saw its population reach three million people, according to population estimates.
However, officials say the population growth is due to several factors. From 2010 to 2016, the state's population of people 65 and older grew by 15.5% while the number of people 15 years old and younger dropped by 1.3%. Also, the number of people ages 15 to 64 grew by a half of one percent.
The number of births is also down but the state added 8,217 more people than moved away in 2017, reversing a drop of about 650 in 2014.
According to demographer Pam Willrodt of the Arkansas Economic Development Institute, the population growth may be due to pocketbook issues especially cost of living, quality of life and affordable housing.