THE CITY WIRE: NWA 15th Fastest Growing Region in U.S.

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The urbanized area of Northwest Arkansas was the 15th fastest growing region in the nation and is now qualified as a “Transportation Management Area,” according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.

Urban areas — defined as densely developed residential, commercial and other nonresidential areas — now account for 80.7% of the U.S. population, up from 79.0 percent in 2000. Although the rural population — the population in any areas outside of those classified as “urban” — grew by a modest amount from 2000 to 2010, it continued to decline as a percentage of the national population. Click here to read the full story from our partners at