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    State population rises as cities' populations drop

    7:38 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- New U.S. Census estimates show that more than half of Arkansas' cities and towns saw population drops over the past 10 years, even as the state's overall population grew by nine percent.

    New population estimates show that 308 cities and towns in Arkansas had population declines between 2002 and 2012.

    The largest drop was in Pine Bluff, where the population decreased by more than 6,800.

    Springdale led the 194 cities that gained in population. The city added more than 21,000 residents during the same period.

    Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville and Conway round at the top five.

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