The population of the state reaches 1,854,482 in 1930. The vast majority of the residents are still reported to be living in rural areas. Those less populated areas account for 1,471,604 of the state's residents, whereas just 382,878 people dwell in urban areas.
The number of Arkansas-born individuals remaining in their home state still far outweighs those who move. Though fourteen percent or 51,296 people born to the state do report living in another state, 443,884 were reported to have been living in this, the state of their birth.
According to Arkansas census records, the population of the state seems to known no bounds. Again, it experiences a large influx, reaching a total of 1,574,449 residents by 1910. The twenty percent increase, or 262,865 is probably in large part due to increasing birth rates. The reported number of babies, under the age of one in that year, was 47,646.
The population, by the turn of the twentieth century, reached 1,311,584 in this state. Of those residents, more than two hundred eighty thousand of them were attending school, 944 could not speak English, 485,795 were working at gainful employment, and another 345,479 were farming their land.
Of the population ages ten years and over, which totaled 787,113 people in this year, over twenty-six and a half percent were considered illiterate. That proportion was significantly larger than the national illiteracy percentage of thirteen and a third percent.
The population felt another spike in this decade. The number of white residents in 1880 was 591,581, which was more than the previous decade's total count. There were also 210, 666 blacks residing in the state and a smaller number of other ethnicities rounding off the total.
Arkansas census records showed that growth had finally slowed in the decade between 1860 and 1870. The new population total for the state was reported as 484,471, just eleven percent change in ten years. All those were said to have paid a total of $2,866,890 in taxes for the year. That is approximately five dollars and ninety cents per person.
For the second decade in a row, this state sees unbelievable growth in population, which almost doubles to reach 435,450 people. Fourteen of those individuals were over the age of one hundred years.
There had been rapid growth in the state for the decade prior to this census year. The total number of residents reported in 1850 grew to a staggering 209,897- a 115% growth in ten years. Yet, there were only 5472 new babies reported under the age of one.
The 1840 census reported that the population of the state in that year was 97,574 residents. The majority of those were of Caucasian descent. Although, 19,935 were enslaved blacks.
The Census State Data Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock helps the Census Bureau with distribution of Arkansas census information. The Center takes the information provided from the state of Arkansas and organizes it into user-friendly formats. The page lists the various services and information provided, along with links to population estimates and other Census data.
The Arkansas History Commission keeps track of some Arkansas census information. This includes records for the District of Columbia, along with records from 42 states. Select information is available from 1790 onwards. Records prior to 1840 only show heads of household. Published indexes are available for 1840-1870. Later records are available on Soundex. The website includes a list of records available on Microfilm and a link that allows you to request a hard copy.