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The population of Arkansas went from 2,678,288 to 2,949,131 from 2000 to 2012 for a total growth of 270,843. The population of the United States for that same time period went from 282,171,957 to 313,914,040 for a total population growth of 31,742,083. Arkansas had a total percentage growth for those 12 years of 10.1 percent which was slower than the overall United States total percentage growth which was 11.2 over those same years. The trends of growth for both the United States and Arkansas can be seen on the graph below. The graph which is logarithmic indicates that although the growth was slower for Arkansas than the United States the trends were similar.
Population of Arkansas and the United States Annually from 2000 to 2012
Territory 7/1/2012 7/1/2011 7/1/2010 7/1/2009 7/1/2008 7/1/2007 7/1/2006 7/1/2005 7/1/2004 7/1/2003 7/1/2002 7/1/2001 7/1/2000
United States 313,914,040 311,591,917 309,330,219 307,006,550 304,374,846 301,579,895 298,593,212 295,753,151 293,045,739 290,326,418 287,803,914 285,081,556 282,171,957
Arkansas 2,949,131 2,937,979 2,921,588 2,889,450 2,867,764 2,842,194 2,815,097 2,776,221 2,746,161 2,722,291 2,704,732 2,691,068 2,678,288

Annual Estimates and data of the Resident Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (NST-EST2009-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2009
Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (NST-EST2011-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2011

Graph of Arkansas's population growth trend.

The race percentages for Arkansas are shown below with the table and charts that indicate there have been changes from 2000 to 2012. The percentage of the population of white has decreased from 78.6 to 73.9. The percent of the black only population has only decreased from 15.6 to 15.4. The percent of population of hispanic / mixed has increased from 3.3% to 6.8% and other/mixed races have increased from 2.5% to 3.9%.

Population by Race for Arkanasas
Race
1-Jul-00
% of Total
1-Jul-12
% of Total
White Only
2,105,483
78.6
2,180,732
73.9
Black Only
418,409
15.6
453,179
15.4
Hispanic* / Mixed
87,804
3.3
199,693
6.8
Other / Mixed Non-Hispanic
66,892
2.5
115,527
3.9
Total Races with Hispanic*
2,678,588
100.00
2,949,131
100.0

*Hispanics are technically not considered a race but rather an ethnicity.

Arkansas population by race for 2000.Race by population for Arkansas as of July 1, 2012.

 

References:

Population Estimates, 2013, United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/popest/data/historical/2010s/index.html

List of U.S. states and territories by population, 2013, Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

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