Arkansas is considered a rural state with 41% of our citizens living in rural counties (2017 estimates). The population of the state as a whole is growing, with estimates showing a 2.8% increase in the current decade. Boone, Marion, and Baxter counties all saw net inmigration from 2010–2017, reinforcing that our area is growing.

In terms of age, 22%–31% of the area population is aged 65 and older, supporting that the South Shore area is a popular place for retirees.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Research and Extension office releases and annual Rural Profile of Arkansas. The report breaks down the social and economic trends affecting rural Arkansas, which contribute to the overall health of the state. All statistics on this page are accurate as of the 2019 Rural Profile of Arkansas. Visit the UAEX website to see their latest Rural Profile of Arkansas.