BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Brookland's population has doubled in the past 7 years, and the mayor is excited about what this means for the city's future.
Census data revealed Brookland was home to 1,642 people in 2010.
The most recent data states the city has doubled with 3,316 people living in Brookland as of 2017.
"Over the past few years, we've had a great success with houses being built, apartment complexes and businesses coming to town," Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones said. "Our school has doubled in size and our city has too."
Jones said the growth gives the city a vision of revenue sources for the future, meaning they do not have to raise taxes and stretch dollars.
The population growth is expected to make it easier for the city to accomplish goals.
"We need to improve our roads," Jones said. "That's one of our main goals. We've been doing that with state aid money that we get. The more people that come in, the more money will come into our fund. It will be so much easier for us to plan those projects and accomplish them in a more efficient time."
Jones credited the Brookland School District and the town's location for the population growth.
He expects to have about 5,000 residents living in Brookland by the next Census report.