Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
January 4th, 2018 • News

January 4, 2018- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • The United States Census Bureau announced that for the first time ever, the population of Arkansas topped three million people.
  • Our growth is good news, because it’s a reflection of overall prosperity. People move to areas where they can work and raise their families, and about half of our population growth was due to families moving into the state. The rest of our population growth was a “natural increase,” meaning that the number of births was greater than the number of deaths by about 8,000 people.
  • Another benefit of population growth is that numerous federal programs rely on the Census to set funding levels. In general, areas with more people receive more funding for education, highway construction and law enforcement.
  • The Census tends to under-count the number of people in poor, rural areas, because of the difficulties of finding people at home and reaching them by mail. For similar reasons, high-rise apartments in large cities are also under-counted.
  • It’s difficult to get an accurate count of homeless people and migrant workers. They are the least likely to have a mailing address, an e-mail address or a cell phone.
  • Census workers say that one of the toughest groups to count accurately is children under the age of five.
  • Considering the importance of accurate population counts, it’s no surprise that municipal officials are already at work, helping the federal Census Bureau locate areas where it’s hard to count the number of people.
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