Hispanics are Not Only Immigrants Moving to Northwest Arkansas

AUGUST 21, 2006 - Posted at 4:07 p.m. CDT

CABOT, AR - The Hispanic population isn't the only rapidly growing segment of the population in northwest Arkansas.  Thousands of people of Asian birth or Asian descent have also added themselves to the booming region in recent years.

The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metropolitan area has an estimated population of Asian descent of 8,362, the largest in the state.  That's according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census figures show Asians comprise 2.1 percent of the region's population.  That's far below the 12.6 percent who are Hispanic, but is nearly double  what it was just four years ago.

The Asian residents are drawn to the area, like the Hispanics, by the abundance of jobs available as the region continues to thrive, with headquarters of Wal-Mart and Tyson bringing in satellite operations as well.

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