Table 1: Housing Unit Estimates for the 100 Fastest-Growing Counties With 5,000 or More Housing Units: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019

RankGeographic AreaApril 1, 2010
Estimates Base
July 1, 2019
Population changePercent change
55Benton County, Arkansas930931121831909020.5
96Craighead County, Arkansas4051646934641815.8

Table 1 shows the only two Arkansas counties that rank among the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates of the 100 fastest growing U.S. counties with 5,000 or more housing units for 2010- 2019. Benton County ranked 55, increased its housing units 20.5% from 93,093 in 2010 to 112,183 in 2019, while Craighead County, ranked 96, went from 40,516 to 46,934 housing units, an increase of 15.8%.

Table 2: Housing Unit Estimates for the 100 Fastest-Growing Counties With 5,000 or More Housing Units: July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019

RankGeographic Area20182019Change, 2018 to 2019 
24Benton County, Arkansas10837011218338133.5

Table 2 shows the same estimates for 2018 to 2019, but lists only Benton County, which increased its housing units by 3.5% and improved its ranking to 24.

Table 3: Annual Estimates of Housing Units for Counties in Arkansas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019

Geographic Area2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
.Percent change0.49%0.47%0.57%0.5%0.53%0.57%0.67%0.76%0.66%
Benton County93,36594,12694,82396,15597,780100,136102,402105,161108,370112,183
.Percent change0.81%0.74%1.40%1.68%2.40%2.26%2.69%3.05%3.51%
Craighead County40,61041,15541,86442,80143,39444,04044,46145,42546,18646,934
.Percent change1.34%1.72%2.23%1.38%1.48%0.95%2.16%1.67%1.61%
Saline County44,93945,79746,16246,63347,06747,41648,33248,74349,16049,584
.Percent change1.90%0.79%1.02%0.93%0.74%1.93%0.85%0.85%0.86%
Lonoke County27,32827,60227,81528,34628,58828,78429,04629,36529,74530,115
.Percent change1.00%0.77%1.9%0.85%0.68%0.91%1.09%1.29%1.24%
Washington County87,94488,29288,74589,27289,94490,96392,22893,62994,89496,310
.Percent change0.39%0.51%0.59%0.75%1.13%1.39%1.51%1.35%1.49%
Clay County8,0308,0358,0378,0408,0438,0378,0308,0258,0208,011
.Percent change0.06%0.02%0.03%0.03%-0.07%-0.08%-0.06%-0.06%-0.11%
Ouachita County13,12613,12313,12213,11413,10413,09813,09313,09313,09313,082
.Percent change -0.02%0.00%-0.06%-0.07%-0.04%-0.03%0.00%0.00%-0.08%
Woodruff County3,8943,8943,8943,8953,8923,8893,8883,8863,8843,880
.Percent change0.00%0.00%0.02%-0.07%-0.07%-0.02%-0.05%-0.05%-0.10%
Monroe County4,4604,4564,4524,4504,4454,4414,4374,4364,4334,434
.Percent change-0.08%-0.08%-0.04%-0.11%-0.08%-0.09%-0.02%-0.06%0.02%
Bradley County5,8585,8525,8495,8445,8395,8325,8255,8205,8175,809
.Percent change-0.10%-0.05%-0.08%-0.08%-0.11%-0.12%-0.08%-0.05%-0.13%

Drawn from the Census Bureau estimates for the increase in housing units in each U.S. County, Table 3 contrasts the five Arkansas counties that had the largest estimated gain in housing units between 2010 and 2019, with the five counties which consistently lost housing units over the same period. Benton County, with a 20.2% increase in housing units since 2010, tops the list of counties with significant growth, followed by Craighead, 15.6%; Saline, 10.3%; Lonoke, 10.2%; and Washington, 9.5%.

Bradley County suffered a 0.8% loss in housing units from 2010-2019, the largest percentage loss of among the five counties and the largest loss of any county in Arkansas. Monroe County was close behind with a 0.6% loss, followed by Woodruff, 0.4%, Ouachita, 0.3% and Clay, 0.2%.

Benton County is the only county in the state that experienced a steady increase in the growth rate of housing units over the ten year period. Between 2010 and 2011 its housing units grew only by 0.8%, but from 2016 to 2019 the county growth rate stayed well above 2.0%, reaching 3.52% in 2019.

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