Census Figures Show Continued Decline
Figures released by the U.S. Census continue to show a decline in population for Clay County, and the cities and towns within. The numbers recently released include the 2016 and 2017 estimates, and a comparison to the 2010 Census.
The latest figures indicates Clay County fell in population from 16,083 in 2010 to 15,057 in 2016 and 14,920 by last year. The same reduction in numbers were also recorded in the cities and towns in Clay County as well.
The population of Piggott dropped from 3,849 in 2010 to 3,641 in 2016 and was estimated at 3,608 last year. Rector had similar numbers, falling from 1,977 in 2010 to 1,818 in 2016 and an estimated 1,799 last year. Meanwhile, Corning fell from 3,377 in 2010 to 3,173 in 2016 and 3,138 according to the 2017 estimates.
The smaller towns and communities also saw decreases in population, with Greenway falling from 209 in 2010 to 197 in 2016 and 195 last year while the population of Pollard fell from 222 in 2010 to 206 in 2016 then to 202 in the latest estimate. The same held true for St. Francis, as they had 250 residents in 2010, 236 in 2016 and 234 last year. As for Nimmons, they had 69 residents in 2010 and that fell to 65 in 2016 then rebounded to an estimated 66 according to the 2017 estimates.
Some of the larger metropolitan areas of Northeast Arkansas slowed in growth, with Jonesboro up 1.6 percent and Paragould up about one percent, while Brookland doubled in growth since 2010óclimbing from 1,642 residents to 3,316.