July 19, 2022

Little Rock. Big growth.

by

Kelly Rader-Murphy

Census 2020 shows us the four-county Central Arkansas area that includes Lonoke, Pulaski, Faulkner and Saline counties grew to a population of 720,054. This was up an impressive 7.2% from Census 2010. The growth rate in this metropolitan area also outpaced the state of Arkansas's growth rate, with the state's population growth up just 3.3%.

The Little Rock metro area also experienced historic year-over-year job growth between 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic. Since the beginning of 2020, major investors and job creators like Amazon, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Costco have created more than 4,800 new jobs. Other key growth drivers include the growth from the state's largest United States Air Force Base installation in Central Arkansas which hosts a growing number of military members (between 6,800-7,000) who contribute roughly $1.2B to the Central Arkansas local economy.

The state of Arkansas also recently received several notable top 10 rankings. This shows growth isn't isolated to Little Rock or even Central Arkansas though it's still the heart of the state's economy.

2020-2022 Ranking Recognition

Investors and businesses of all size have a renewed interest I'm Arkansas where growth and value abound.

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