In 2020, for the second decade in a row, central Arkansas cities slightly grew in urban density, or people per square mile, according to Metroplan, the area’s planning agency.
“Cities are annexing land more carefully, aware how snatching up extra land contributes to their fiscal burdens,” said its report, Metro Trends: Demographic Review & Outlook, released in December. “Investment bankers are more careful about extending loans to developers and homebuyers after the 2006-2009 housing crash. Finally, multifamily housing now accounts for a greater share of housing growth.
“What this new tendency means for the future is hard to tell, but a long-term downward trend in urban density has become an upward nudge.”