Census: Arkansas suburbs see growth, rural areas shrink

Census: Arkansas suburbs see growth, rural areas shrink
(Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Recent census figures indicate that Arkansas' fastest-growing cities are mostly suburbs while more rural, smaller cities are shrinking.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the U.S. Census Bureau released data Thursday including the state's population changes between 2010 and 2017.
           
The figures show about 65 percent of the state's more than 500 cities shrank during that time period. All but 23 of the shrinking cities had 5,000 or fewer people.
           
The census report also showed growth in the suburbs' larger urban cores range from moderate to thriving, depending on the metropolitan area.
           
Michael Pakko is the chief economist at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He says the new numbers indicate that metropolitan areas are growing at the expense of rural towns.
           
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