Two-thirds of Arkansas’ counties lost population between 2012 and 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Only four counties — Benton, Craighead, Saline and Washington — experienced growth of more than 5%. Seventeen counties — Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Dallas, Desha, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Nevada, Ouachita, Scott, St. Francis and Woodruff — saw population losses of 5% or more.
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Growth occurred primarily in the central and north-central part of the state and in northwest Arkansas.