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Maps from AADO Presentation

As part of my presentation to the Association of Arkansas Development Organizations (AADO) on August 26, I presented a series of maps showing demographic and economic variables for Arkansas’ 75 counties.  Some general observations about the maps are discussed in a commentary in this week’s Arkansas BusinessFinding Patterns in Counties’ Statistics (Michael Pakko Commentary).

The maps and correlations among variables are available here:  Pakko-August2015-maps.pdf.

The entire set of slides from the presentation is available here:  Pakko-August2015-pdf.

Arkansas Population Estimates for 2012

The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates today.  The statistics for Arkansas contain no real surprises:  Population growth patterns continued along well-established trends.  Among Arkansas’ 75 counties, only 25 experienced positive population growth between the April 2000 Census and July 2012.  The fastest growing counties over the past two years were the suburban areas of the state’s largest metropolitan areas.  Benton County in Northwest Arkansas had the highest growth (4.9%), followed by Faulkner County in Central Arkansas (4.8%).  The top four also included Saline County and Washington County.  Other areas of relatively rapid growth included parts of Northeast Arkansas (Craighead and Green Counties), as well as some counties in the North-Central part of the state. Overall, the state’s population increased by 1.1%.

[For a full-page PDF file of the map, click HERE.]