Arkansas metropolitan areas

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Metropolitan areas of Arkansas.
  Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA
  Fort Smith MSA
  Hot Springs MSA
  Jonesboro MSA
  Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway MSA
  Memphis MSA
  Pine Bluff MSA
  Texarkana MSA

The State of Arkansas has a total of eight metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that are fully or partially located in the state. Twenty of the state's 75 counties are classified by the United States Census Bureau as metropolitan.

Among these is one of the fastest growing MSAs in the United States, Fayetteville Springdale-Rogers.[1]

Metropolitan areas[edit]

The following table lists population figures for the metropolitan areas with their Arkansas counties, in rank of population. Population figures are from the 2016 U.S. Census estimate.

Rank Metropolitan Area Population[2] County Population
1 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 734,622 Faulkner 122,227
Grant 18,082
Lonoke 72,228
Perry 10,132
Pulaski 393,250
Saline 118,703
2 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 525,032 Benton 258,291
Madison 16,072
Washington 228,049
3 Fort Smith, AR-OK 281,227 Crawford 62,267
Franklin 17,626
Sebastian 127,793
4 Texarkana, AR-TX 150,098 Miller 43,787
5 Jonesboro, AR 129,858 Craighead 105,835
Poinsett 24,023
6 Hot Springs, AR 97,477 Garland 97,477
7 Pine Bluff, AR 91,962 Cleveland 8,241
Jefferson 70,016
Lincoln 13,705
8 West Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,342,842 Crittenden 49,235

Combined Statistical Areas[edit]

Combined statistical areas of Arkansas excluding the Hot Springs-Malvern CSA.
  Jonesboro-Paragould CSA
  Little Rock-North Little Rock CSA

There are three combined statistical areas (CSAs) in the state. The Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area includes the Little Rock and Pine Bluff metropolitan areas and the Searcy micropolitan area. The Jonesboro-Paragould combined statistical area was created by the Census Bureau in 2005 and includes the Jonesboro metropolitan area and Paragould micropolitan area. The Hot Springs-Malvern Combined statistical area was created in 2013 which includes the Hot Springs metropolitan area and the Malvern micropolitan area.

Population statistics[edit]

The three Combined Statistical Areas in the state are listed in the table below with their populations from the 2016 U.S. Census estimate.

Rank Combined Statistical Area Population[3] Core Based Statistical Area Population[2]
1 Little Rock-North Little Rock 905,847 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR MSA 734,622
Pine Bluff, AR MSA 91,962
Searcy, AR μSA 79,263
2 Jonesboro-Paragould 174,456 Jonesboro, AR MSA 129,858
Paragould, AR μSA 44,598
3 Hot Springs-Malvern 130,851 Hot Springs, AR MSA 97,477
Malvern, AR μSA 33,374


  1. ^ "Economic Growth with Limited Agglomeration Economies" (PDF). University of Arkansas. Retrieved Aug 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Metropolitan Statistical Area". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Combined Statistical Area". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 11, 2017.