The latest U.S. Census shows Little Rock as a regional standout in population growth as the city surpassed 200,000 residents. Little Rock posted growth in the initial data release from 2020 Census, totaling 202,591 residents. It is the first time the city’s official population count has been above 200,000.
LR Mayor Frank Scott Jr. rejoiced in the city’s progress in a press conference at City Hall on Thursday morning.
“Today I’m happy, I’m excited, and I’m proud . . . Our growth shows that people find Little Rock attractive. Yes, this is something we already know, but it proves just how attractive we are. Our growth shows that people find Little Rock a great place to be in, no matter the shape, form, or size of their family.”
Little Rock’s population was 193,524 in 2010, according to the Census. The new numbers show an increase of 9,067 new residents in the past 10 years, or a growth rate of 4.69%. According to the American Community Survey estimate in 2019, the city’s population was 197,958, meaning the city outpaced estimated size based on annual sampling data, particularly leading up to 2020.
The Census data shows a diversifying city, with an increasing amount of residents identifying as “two or more races” (from 3,374 to 11,626). Those identifying as “white alone” make up 44% of the population, while all other single and multiracial categories comprise 56% of the city’s residents. The Hispanic and Latino population (of any race) grew from 13,076 to 20,285, a growth rate of 55.13%.
“By looking closely at this data, we see that Little Rock is beautifully diverse and that diversity has grown since 2010,” Scott continued. “Those new residents means new customers and new businesses, which in turn means an increase in tax revenues, with which we can invest more in what makes Little Rock great and continue to improve our quality of lives and place.”
The initial data release from the U.S. Census Bureau on Aug. 12 consisted of redistricting data released to states and the public. The Bureau will deliver final, more comprehensive data on Sept. 30.