Fayetteville’s population has grown by 15,533 people in the last decade making it the third largest city in Arkansas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. With the 2010 census counts showing a total of 73,580 residents, Fayetteville has grown by 26.8 percent since 2000.
As for the rest of Northwest Arkansas, Bentonville grew by 78.9 percent, Springdale grew by 52.4 percent, and Rogers by 44.1 percent.
Little Rock remains the state’s largest city with the latest count showing 193,524 residents and Fort Smith is still the second largest city at 86,209 people.
Fayetteville, previously the fourth largest city, took the third place spot from North Little Rock, which dropped three cities and is now below Jonesboro and Springdale.
|Top Population||2000||2010||% Change|
|1. Little Rock||183,133||193,524||5.7%|
|2. Fort Smith||80,268||86,209||7.4%|
|Top Growth||2000||2010||% Change|
|2. Bella Vista||16,582||26,461||59.6%|