2010 census shows drop in Poinsett County population

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The 2010 Census figures for the state of Arkansas have been released, and they show a drop in population for Poinsett County over the last 10 years. While the state's total population rose from 2,673,400 in 2000 to 2,915,918 in 2010, Poinsett County's overall population dropped from 25,614 in 2000 to 24,583 in 2010.

Two cities in Poinsett County showed a growth in population. Trumann grew from 6,889 in 2000 to 7,243 in 2010 and Harrisburg's population increased from 2,192 to 2,288.

Mayor Sheila Walters of Trumann said the growth had been anticipated.

"We've taken in two small areas by annexation and a lot of houses have been built over the last 10 years," Walters said. "It will help revenues. We're very excited that we're growing."

Mayor Randy Mills of Harrisburg sees the city's population gain as "a good starting place."

"We gained, and that's good," he said. "Our intention is to grow more."

Marked Tree's population dropped from 2,800 in 2000 to 2,566 in 2010; Tyronza dropped from 918 to 762; Lepanto dropped from 2,133 to 1,892; Weiner dropped from 760 to 716; Fisher dropped from 265 to 223, and Waldenburg dropped from 80 to 61.

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