WASHINGTON (KNWA/KFTA) — The Census has released its 2020 data which shows the city of Fayetteville has become the second-largest city in the state of Arkansas, surpassing the city of Fort Smith.
According to the data released on August 12, Fayetteville had a population of 93,949 on April 1, 2020, compared to Fort Smith’s population of 89,142 on April 1.
Holding to the top spot in Arkansas, the city of Little Rock with a population of 202,591. In 2010, the city’s population was 193,524.
The highest population percent increase in Northwest Arkansas was Cave Springs, which increased by 172% from 2010-2019. Cave Springs’ population was 1,729 on April 1, 2010 and on July 1, 2019, the population was 5,276. The current population in Cave Springs is 5,495.
Steve Cox, senior vice president of economic development at Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, said he’s not surprised by the new numbers that show growth in NWA.
“If you take a time capsule and go back and see 2010 compared to where we are now, we look like we’re two very different communities and the numbers are reflecting that,” Cox said.
Cox said the low cost of living and abundance of amenities has contributed to the region’s growth.
“It’s such a great place to live, work, and play,” Cox said. “People come here and they don’t want to leave and go anywhere else that’s something that we look at.”
“It’s not just organic population growth, it’s people relocating from other parts of not only the state but also the country,” Cox said.
Population increases and decreases for the four biggest cities in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith are listed below (April 1, 2010 – April 1, 2020):
- Bentonville – 35,301 –> 54,164
- Rogers – 55,964 –> 69,908
- Fayetteville – 73,580 –> 93,949
- Springdale – 69,797 –> 84,161
- Fort Smith – 86,209 –> 89,142
Hispanic or Latino percentages are listed below for the four biggest cities in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith:
- Springdale: 37.6%
- Rogers: 33.8%
- Fort Smith: 19.5%
- Bentonville: 10.2%
- Fayetteville: 7.6%
The median value of owner-occupied housing units from 2015-2019 for the four biggest cities in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith are listed below:
- Bentonville: $232,600
- Fayetteville: $207,600
- Rogers: $178,000
- Springdale: $150,900
- Fort Smith: $121,800
The poverty rate for the four biggest cities in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith are listed below:
- Fayetteville: 22.9%
- Fort Smith: 21%
- Springdale: 17.6%
- Rogers: 10.5%
- Bentonville: 7.6%
According to the Census, the first four largest cities haven’t changed: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. The newcomer comes in at No. 5: Phoenix.
Philadelphia, formerly the fifth largest American city, has dropped into sixth place. San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and San Jose round out the rest of the top 10.