Little Rock Area Population Growth Slows

Little Rock Area Population Growth Slows
Downtown Little Rock (Paul Barrows)

Population growth in central Arkansas has slowed since 2010 to about 0.5% annually, Metroplan, the area’s planning agency, noted in a report released in July.

In the second half of the 1990s and from 2005 to 2010, the region was growing by nearly 1.6% annually, said the report, Metro Trends: Changing Demographics in Central Arkansas.

The chart shows regional annualized population growth in five-year increments.

“Preliminary estimates suggest this trend might have picked up — just a little — since 2020,” it said. “Economic growth in sectors like finance and logistics may account for a slight increase in the regional population