Arkansas Population Tops 3 Million

Arkansas has more than 3 million residents, according to the latest estimate update from U.S. Census Bureau. The state’s population grew half a percent (16,048) from 2016 to this year. Gov. Asa Hutchinson told Talk Business & Politics it’s another indicator of the state’s robust economy. The numbers were tabulated through July.

“I think it’s a significant milestone … it’s great news,” he said.

Arkansas is ranked as the 32nd most populous state. The U.S. population grew seven-tenths of a point to 325,719,178 million people. The South had the highest number of residents with 122,423,457 million. The Northeast quadrant of the country had the least with 56,359,360 million.

Population is key when attracting job creators, Hutchinson said. It’s easier to attract a job creator when a state has more potential workers. Arkansas rates high in quality of life factors such as outdoor activities, he said. Hunting, fishing, biking, and walking trails and other outdoor activities are enjoyed by residents each year.   MORE

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