Population and Income

Planned Growth.  Jonesboro is one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Arkansas, with a population of over 68,000, an increase of 23.5% from 2000.  Low Cost of Living.  Jonesboro’s cost of living averages 12-14% lower than the national average, assuring that your dollar goes farther here.  Quality of Life.   Our quality of life is second to none.  Through visionary leadership Jonesboro continues to advance and grow. 

Year Jonesboro Craighead County Jonesboro MSA
1970 27,026 52,068 NA
1980 31,530 63,239 NA
1990 46,535 68,956 NA
2000 55,515 82,148 NA
2005 59,807 87,443 112,539
2010 67,263 96,443 121,026
2012 Estimate 70,187 99,735 124,042
2017 Projection 75,016 106,754 130,829

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau and Community Analyst, July 2013

Growth from 2000-2012

Jonesboro:  26.4%
Craighead County:  21.4%


Population by Age

Age Jonesboro Craighead County Jonesboro MSA Arkansas United States
Total 69,438 99,253 123,677 2,960,196 313,129,017
0 - 4 7.5% 7.3% 7.1% 6.7% 6.5%
5 - 9 7.0% 7.1% 6.9% 6.7% 6.5%
10 - 14 6.3% 6.6% 6.6% 6.7% 6.6%
15 - 19 7.8% 7.5% 7.3% 6.7% 6.8%
20 - 24 10.5% 9.2% 8.5% 6.9% 7.1%
25 - 34 15.3% 14.6% 14.0% 13.1% 13.5%
35 - 44 11.4% 12.0% 12.1% 12.2% 12.9%
45 - 54 11.5% 12.2% 12.5% 13.5% 14.1%
55 – 64 10.3% 10.9% 11.4% 12.5% 12.3%
65 – 74 6.6% 7.2% 7.7% 8.6% 7.5%
75 – 84 3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 4.2%
85+ 1.7% 1.6% 1.6% 1.8% 1.9%
Median Age 31.8 33.4 34.6 37.7 37.3

Source: Community Analyst, 2012 Estimate; July 2013.  


Population by Race

Race Jonesboro Craighead County Jonesboro MSA Arkansas United States
Total 69,438 99,253 123,677 2,90,196 313,129,017
White 74.0% 80.2% 82.1% 76.6% 71.9%
Black or African American 18.6% 13.6% 12.3% 15.5% 12.6%
American Indian 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.8% 1.0%
Asian 1.5% 1.1% 1.0% 1.3% 4.9%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2%
Some other Race 3.2% 2.7% 2.4% 3.6% 6.4%
Two or More Races 2.2% 1.9% 1.8% 2.0% 3.0%
Hispanic Origin (Any Race) 5.6% 4.9% 4.4% 6.8% 16.9%

Source:  Community Analyst, 2012Estimate; July 2013.