Where Everybody in Little Rock is Moving From

Fashion might not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Little Rock, AR, but the city is home to one of only three museums in the world dedicated to the handbag. About a mile away, there’s a tailor offering bespoke suits and other custom men’s fashions. The city even has its own fashion week.

The city is also gaining residents—some of whom might need to update their wardrobes to fit in. The Little Rock metro-area population went from 733,461 to 738,344, a 0.7 percent increase, between July 2016 and July 2017, according to the latest census data. During that time, the population of Pulaski County, where Little Rock is located, went from 393,677 to 393,956, a 0.1 percent increase. (The metro area includes six total counties, so it has a larger population than Pulaski County does.)

Some of that growth is due to local births, of course, but some is due to new arrivals of another kind. In fact, a total of 19,573 people moved to Pulaski County between 2011 and 2015, according to another census study.

So where are all those people coming from?
That same study gives us a pretty good idea. Somewhat more than half (55 percent, 10,702 people), came from other counties in Arkansas, and 45 percent (8,871) moved in from other states.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Pulaski County:

Movers outside of Arkansas:

  1. Weakley County, TN (Martin): 425 movers
  2. Oklahoma County, OK (Oklahoma City): 330 movers
  3. Shelby County, TN (Memphis): 277 movers
  4. Cumberland County, NC (Fayetteville): 272 movers
  5. Cook County, IL (Chicago): 259 movers

Movers from Arkansas:

  1. Lonoke County: 1,623 movers
  2. Faulkner County: 1,532 movers
  3. Saline County: 1,496 movers
  4. Garland County: 529 movers
  5. Washington County: 480 movers


Esse Purse Museum, http://www.essepursemuseum.com/about/

Barakat Bespoke, https://www.barakatbespoke.com/

Little Rock Fashion Week, http://www.littlerockfashionweek.com/index.php

U.S. Census Bureau

Elizabeth Whalen