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Population of Counties in Arkansas (2024)

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2024 Population
Growth Since 2020
Area (mi²)
Density (/mi²)
Pulaski County400,6310.34%293529Pulaski County location
Benton County319,20411.37%327376Benton County location
Washington County266,4167.96%363283Washington County location
Faulkner County132,3376.88%250205Faulkner County location
Saline County131,7336.39%279182Saline County location
Sebastian County129,0871%205243Sebastian County location
Craighead County115,1233.14%273163Craighead County location
Garland County99,586-0.67%262147Garland County location
White County79,2883.16%39977White County location
Lonoke County76,6893.56%29899Lonoke County location
Pope County65,1332.72%31380Pope County location
Jefferson County63,027-5.69%33772Jefferson County location
Crawford County62,7414.32%230105Crawford County location
Crittenden County47,227-1.77%23777Crittenden County location
Greene County47,0782.65%22382Greene County location
Baxter County43,2653.79%21478Baxter County location
Miller County42,222-0.86%24168Miller County location
Boone County38,7803.74%22866Boone County location
Mississippi County38,463-5.12%34843Mississippi County location
Independence County38,3861.18%29550Independence County location
Union County36,981-5.01%40136Union County location
Hot Spring County33,3670.88%23754Hot Spring County location
Carroll County28,9112.38%24346Carroll County location
Johnson County26,2882.19%25540Johnson County location
Cleburne County25,6373.78%21446Cleburne County location
Poinsett County22,341-2.67%29329Poinsett County location
Columbia County22,014-3.21%29629Columbia County location
St. Francis County21,800-5.3%24534St. Francis County location
Ouachita County21,592-4.52%28329Ouachita County location
Logan County21,5422.09%27430Logan County location
Clark County21,272-0.53%33425Clark County location
Conway County21,1331.94%21338Conway County location
Yell County19,997-1.06%35922Yell County location
Polk County19,5381.88%33123Polk County location
Hempstead County19,205-3.92%28126Hempstead County location
Randolph County18,9621.97%25229Randolph County location
Grant County18,6373.44%24429Grant County location
Ashley County18,176-4.12%35720Ashley County location
Sharp County18,1004.54%23430Sharp County location
Madison County18,0879.32%32222Madison County location
Marion County17,7395.13%23030Marion County location
Franklin County17,6663.07%23529Franklin County location
Drew County16,978-1.93%32020Drew County location
Jackson County16,9140.91%24527Jackson County location
Lawrence County16,4421.38%22728Lawrence County location
Cross County16,250-3.25%23826Cross County location
Van Buren County16,1812.42%27423Van Buren County location
Arkansas County16,116-5.79%38316Arkansas County location
Sevier County15,526-1.6%21828Sevier County location
Phillips County14,572-11.36%26621Phillips County location
Izard County14,3095.2%22425Izard County location
Clay County14,131-2.74%24722Clay County location
Lincoln County12,886-0.03%21623Lincoln County location
Stone County12,7573.3%23421Stone County location
Fulton County12,4873.59%23920Fulton County location
Howard County12,444-2.45%22721Howard County location
Little River County11,745-1.91%20522Little River County location
Perry County10,2952.98%21319Perry County location
Pike County10,2570.93%23217Pike County location
Desha County10,200-9.93%28614Desha County location
Bradley County10,040-4.34%25115Bradley County location
Scott County9,9060.73%34511Scott County location
Chicot County9,242-9%24615Chicot County location
Montgomery County8,6972.5%30111Montgomery County location
Nevada County8,061-2.69%23913Nevada County location
Lee County8,035-5.76%23213Lee County location
Prairie County7,995-3.08%25012Prairie County location
Searcy County7,706-1.71%25712Searcy County location
Cleveland County7,289-3.48%23112Cleveland County location
Newton County7,041-2.15%3179Newton County location
Monroe County6,456-4.72%23411Monroe County location
Dallas County6,174-4.19%2579Dallas County location
Lafayette County6,061-3.69%20411Lafayette County location
Woodruff County5,871-5.67%22610Woodruff County location
Calhoun County4,595-2.98%2437Calhoun County location
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There are 75 counties in Arkansas. The most populous county in the state of Arkansas is Pulaski County, with a population of 390,808. Pulaski County is also home to Little Rock, the most populous city in Arkansas, which comprises about half of the county’s total population. Pulaski County is currently experiencing a growth rate of -0.24% per year. The three next most populous counties in Arkansas are Benton County (221,339), Washington County (203,065), and Sebastian County (125,744).

Arkansas Countries with Fewest Residents

Of Arkansas’s 75 counties, 12 have less than 10,000 people. The least populated county in Arkansas is Calhoun County, home to 5,277 people, comprising about only 0.18% of the state’s total population. The population in Calhoun County is down 1.59% since the 2010 Census. Woodruff County has the second-smallest population of 6,490 people, down 10.47% since the 2010 Census. Other counties with fewer than 10,000 residents are Lafayette, Monroe, Dallas, Newton, Searcy, Cleveland, Prairie, Nevada, Lee, and Montgomery.

Arkansas Counties with Rapid Growth

The fastest-growing county in Arkansas is Benton County, where the population has grown 22.47% since 2010. Benton County is currently home to 272,608 people and comprises just over 95 of the state’s total population, making it the second-most populous county in Arkansas behind Pulaski County.

Washington County (16.15%), Saline County (12.79%), and Craighead County (12.21%) all also have double-digit growth rates.

On the other hand, many Arkansas counties have seen decreases in their population, several with double-digit population declines. Phillips County has seen a population decline at a rate of 16.83% since 2010, while Monroe County has seen a decline at a rate of 15.21%.

Lists of Counties in all States

  1. Arkansas Census State Data Center
  2. US Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  3. US Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  4. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  5. Census QuickFacts
  6. Historical Populations of States and Counties (1790 - 1990)