The State of Arkansas has a total of eight metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that are fully or partially located in the state. Twenty of the state's 75 counties are classified by the United States Census Bureau as metropolitan.
The following table lists population figures for the metropolitan areas with their Arkansas counties, in rank of population. Population figures are from the 2016 U.S. Census estimate.
|1||Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR||734,622||Faulkner||122,227|
|3||Fort Smith, AR-OK||281,227||Crawford||62,267|
|6||Hot Springs, AR||97,477||Garland||97,477|
|7||Pine Bluff, AR||91,962||Cleveland||8,241|
|8||West Memphis, TN-MS-AR||1,342,842||Crittenden||49,235|
Combined Statistical Areas
There are three combined statistical areas (CSAs) in the state. The Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area includes the Little Rock and Pine Bluff metropolitan areas and the Searcy micropolitan area. The Jonesboro-Paragould combined statistical area was created by the Census Bureau in 2005 and includes the Jonesboro metropolitan area and Paragould micropolitan area. The Hot Springs-Malvern Combined statistical area was created in 2013 which includes the Hot Springs metropolitan area and the Malvern micropolitan area.
|Rank||Combined Statistical Area||Population||Core Based Statistical Area||Population|
|1||Little Rock-North Little Rock||905,847||Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR MSA||734,622|
|Pine Bluff, AR MSA||91,962|
|Searcy, AR μSA||79,263|
|2||Jonesboro-Paragould||174,456||Jonesboro, AR MSA||129,858|
|Paragould, AR μSA||44,598|
|3||Hot Springs-Malvern||130,851||Hot Springs, AR MSA||97,477|
|Malvern, AR μSA||33,374|
- "Economic Growth with Limited Agglomeration Economies" (PDF). University of Arkansas. Retrieved Aug 18, 2012.
- "Metropolitan Statistical Area". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- "Combined Statistical Area". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 11, 2017.