County Population Estimates – July 1, 2023

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vintage 2023 population estimates released today, 39 of the 75 counties in Arkansas gained population from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023. The fastest-growing counties were in the Northwest or Central regions of the state. Benton County led with a population increase of 2.7%, followed by Washington and Faulkner Counties at 1.9%.

There were 36 counties that lost population between 2022 and 2023. The majority of these counties were located in the Delta or Southwest regions of the state. Chicot County experienced the largest decline (-3.0%), followed by Desha County (-2.6%) and Phillips County (-2.5%).

In terms of numeric change, there were four counties with an increase of at least 2,000 people from 2022 to 2023.  Those counties were Benton, Washington, Faulkner, and Saline.  Benton County experienced the largest growth of 8,191 people.

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