The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in Arkansas everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Arkansas.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Little Rock and Fort Smith, while others want peace and quiet like in Ward and White Hall, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Arkansas have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Natural State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Arkansas for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2021

  1. Centerton
  2. Bentonville
  3. Prairie Grove
  4. Ward
  5. Lowell
  6. Pea Ridge
  7. Bryant
  8. Rogers
  9. Greenbrier
  10. Benton

What's the fastest growing city in Arkansas for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Centerton ranks as the fastest growing city in Arkansas. If you happen to be a resident of Centerton, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Arkansas are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Arkansas or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arkansas For 2021

1. Centerton

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,203
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,314
Percent Growth 70.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,889
More on Centerton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Bentonville

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 49,467
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 32,685
Percent Growth 51.3%
Absolute Growth: 16,782
More on Bentonville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Prairie Grove

Prairie Grove, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,845
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,212
Percent Growth 38.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,633
More on Prairie Grove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Ward

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,060
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,832
Percent Growth 32.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,228
More on Ward: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Lowell

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,175
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,001
Percent Growth 31.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,174
More on Lowell: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Pea Ridge

Pea Ridge, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,717
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 4,414
Percent Growth 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,303
More on Pea Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Bryant

Bryant, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 20,231
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 15,757
Percent Growth 28.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,474
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Rogers

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 66,344
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 53,207
Percent Growth 24.7%
Absolute Growth: 13,137
More on Rogers: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Greenbrier

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,478
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,405
Percent Growth 24.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,073
More on Greenbrier: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Benton

Benton, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,679
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,118
Percent Growth 22.5%
Absolute Growth: 6,561
More on Benton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Natural State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 63 Arkansas cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Natural State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Arkansas with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Arkansas Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Arkansas, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Arkansas are led by Centerton which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Helena-West Helena
  2. Pine Bluff
  3. Osceola

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arkansas For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Centerton 70.8% 14,203 8,314
2 Bentonville 51.3% 49,467 32,685
3 Prairie Grove 38.8% 5,845 4,212
4 Ward 32.0% 5,060 3,832
5 Lowell 31.1% 9,175 7,001
6 Pea Ridge 29.5% 5,717 4,414
7 Bryant 28.4% 20,231 15,757
8 Rogers 24.7% 66,344 53,207
9 Greenbrier 24.4% 5,478 4,405
10 Benton 22.5% 35,679 29,118

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