Jonesboro by the Numbers: Population, Income, Cost of Living Comfortable

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Population Trends: As the commercial hub of northeast Arkansas, Jonesboro has seen a steady increase in population, no matter how you calculate it.

Planned Growth
Jonesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Arkansas with a population of over 68,000, an increase of 23.5 percent from 2000.

Low Cost of Living
Jonesboro’s cost of living averages 12-14% lower than the national average, assuring that your dollar goes farther here. Quality of Life. Our quality of life is second to none. Through visionary leadership Jonesboro continues to advance and grow.

YearJonesboroCraighead CountyJonesboro MSA
1970 $27,026 52,068 NA
1980 $31,530 63,239 NA
1990 $46,535 68,956 NA
2000 $55,515 82,148 NA
2005 $59,807 87,443 112,539
2010 $67,263 96,443 121,026
2011 Est. $68,547 98,315 122,829
2016 Projection $75,428 107684 131,625


Growth from 2000-2011

  • Jonesboro:  23.5%
  • Craighead County:  19.7%

Cost of Living
Quality and value. Jonesboro is a great place to live, work and conduct business. Our cost of living is well below the national average. Significant savings are realized in many areas including housing, food and utilities.

Cost of Living Index
Asheville, NC 103
Kansas City, MO-KS 99.7
Monroe, LA 96.4
Hattiesburg, MS 95.9
Jacksonville, FL 95.9
Jonesboro, AR 88.6


Yearly Climate

Climate CategoryJonesboro Data
July Average Temperature 92.3° (Daily Maximum), 70.9° (Daily Minimum)
January Average Temperature 45.3° (Daily Maximum), 25.8° (Daily Minimum)
Annual Average Precipitation 46.18 Inches
Annual Average Snowfall 3.9 Inches
Annual Daily Maximum Temperature 70.9°
Annual Daily Minimum Temperature 49.0°
Annual Mean Average Temperature 59.8°
Average Relative Humidity (Morning) 64%
Average Relative Humidity (Afternoon) 80%
Elevation 260.0
  • U.S. Census Bureau through 2011; 2016 Projection by DemographicsNow; October 12, 2012.
  • The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), Cost of Living Index, 3rd Quarter 2012.
  • U.S. Climate Normals 1971-2000, National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), December 2011
  • Average Relative Humidity, NCDC, December 2011



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