Arkansas Sees Slight Growth in Population

MARCH 10, 2004 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas is among the vast majority of states that saw between one and two percent increases in population from 2000 to 2003, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Arkansas held steady as the 32nd largest state, with 2,725,000 residents in 2003, up two percent.

The government provided estimates on 2003 population figures by age group and for each state.

Possibly the most distinctive feature for Arkansas was the slowing growth of residents age 65 and older.  In the 1980 census, Arkansas was second only to Florida in percentage of seniors, bolstered by the creation of thriving retirement communities in Bella Vista, Cherokee Village and Hardy.

It has since dropped to ninth with a 65-and-older population of about 14 percent, well behind Florida's 17 percent and more than 15 percent in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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