According to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Fayetteville now holds the title of second largest city in Arkansas, a position claimed for a long time by fellow Northwest Arkansas city, Fort Smith.
Fayetteville’s population grew from 73,580 in 2010 to 93,949 in 2020, according to U.S. census figures released Thursday. Fort Smith grew from 86,209 in 2010 to 89,142 in 2020.
The region’s two largest counties grew by 105,800 people, according to the data.
Despite major growth in the state’s Northwestern region, Little Rock in Central Arkansas is still the state’s largest city with a population of 202,591. Springdale and Jonesboro round out the top five cities in population.
The total population of Arkansas grew by 95,606 people for a total of 3,011,524 residents.