Numbers up in Craighead County and down in Mississippi County

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The 2010 Census numbers are in showing an increase in population in Craighead County and an overall decrease in numbers in Mississippi County since the 2000 count.

Arkansas show an increase with 2,926,229 over the 2000 population of 2,673,400.

Craighead County has grown overall 17.4 percent since the 2000 Census with Mississippi County showing a 10.6 percent loss.

Craighead County is up to 96,443 from 82,148, an increase of 14,295.

Mississippi County lost 5,499 in population going from 51,979 in 2000 to 46,480.

Area towns in Craighead County

Jonesboro, the largest city in Craighead County, went to 67,263 from 55,515.

Monette increased by 322 going to 1,501 from 1,179.

"We are thrilled to death with the increase," Mayor Chub Qualls said. "We don't have a city sales tax and with the state and county turnback it will mean quite a difference to us," he said.

Black Oak's population decreased from 286 to 262.

Caraway showed a loss of 70 in population from 1,349 in 2000 to 1,279.

Caraway Mayor Barry Riley said he was disappointed the numbers are down.

"It will mean a little less money for the town," Mayor Riley said. "At this time I am not sure how it will impact us. We will have to wait and see. I am glad it did not go down any further."

Lake City added 126 going from 1,956 in 2000 to 2,082.

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan said he is happy with the growth.

"I really did expect a little more with the new housing and subdivisions we have seen go up but I am happy with the increase and we are fine," Mayor Milligan said. "I really think Lake City will continue to grow."

Area towns in Mississippi County

Manila had a 10 percent increase going to 3,342 from the 2000 count of 3,055.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner said the 10 percent growth in Manila is what had been expected.

"It is positive for Manila," he said. "The state is up 10 percent so we are keeping pace with the state. I'm proud of the increase. It will mean more funding for Manila."

Leachville held its own over the last decade and had a slight increase of 12 going to 1,993.

Leachville Mayor Shelia Spurlock said she is excited with the increase.

"We pleased to hold our own and hope it continues to grow," Mayor Spurlock said. "Every person helps."

Etowah went down slightly from 366 in 2000 to the current 351.

Dell also went down to 223 from 251 in 2000.

Blytheville, the largest city in Mississippi County, saw a decrease of 2,652. Osceola was down 1,118 with a population of 7,757.

According to the Census Bureau, Arkansas' population grew by 9.1 percent between 2000 and 2010, with its current population being 2,926,229.

The largest county is Pulaski with a population of 382,748. Its population grew by 5.9 percent since 2000.

Not surprisingly, Arkansas' biggest growth came in the Northwest part of the state, with Benton County showing a whopping 44.3 percent growth and a population of 221,339. Washington County showed growth of 28.8 percent and a population of 203,065. Other counties in the top five are Sebastian, 125,744 (increase of 9.3 percent) and Faulkner, 113,237 (increase of 31.6 percent).

Data for 2010 show the five most populous incorporated places in Arkansas are: Little Rock, 193,524; Fort Smith, 86,209; Fayetteville, 73,580; Springdale, 69,797, and Jonesboro, 67,263. Little Rock grew by 5.7 percent since the 2000 census. Fort Smith grew by 7.4 percent, Fayetteville by 26.8 percent, Springdale by 52.4 percent and Jonesboro by 21.2 percent.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

As expected, Arkansas neither gained nor lost any congressional seats, keeping the four it currently has. Eight states gained seats in the U.S. House, led by Texas with four. Ten states lost seats, with New York and Ohio losing two apiece.

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