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Arkansas more diverse, older in census data; migration to urban areas continues

By Emily Walkenhorst

This article was originally published June 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated June 22, 2018 at 11:32 a.m.

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The aging of certain Arkansans correlates with population declines across most of the state's counties and an increase in diversity, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday.

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RBear says... June 22, 2018 at 6:23 a.m.

Several key points to take from this report. "Overall, Arkansas has gotten older, more urban and more diverse on average." That means the rural areas will continue to die and fade, leaving the state with a growing infrastructure problem, further straining state budgets. The areas that will grow will have the infrastructure they need, but the state cannot neglect the rest of the area within its borders, leading to further decline and decay. It's a cycle that will need smarter minds than what we currently have to solve the problems.
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"While no racial group decreased in numbers, the percentage of Arkansans who identify as white dropped from 76.8 percent to 73.3 percent, while the percentages increased for the other groups." Our state is becoming ethnically diverse and Republicans will need to acknowledge it or face the music later on when the tides really shift. Those whites are older and will die off. The whites that will replace them are more progressive.
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These messages will carry forward into the election in November. While the majority will probably ignore them, I think planting the seeds with the younger generation will be all Democrats will need to do to lay a foundation for greater gains later. That's why candidates like Jared Henderson and Clarke Tucker are key to the effort. They have the new and innovative ideas needed to grow this state. Right now, the growth is limited and the future is not bright.

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ArkieStrong says... June 22, 2018 at 8:29 a.m.

"...Fewer college-age people in general are migrating to the state than in the past, Willrodt said, but she was unsure whether that was because of the cost of out-of-state tuition". This is an ominous sign for any state that strives to be nationally and globally competitive. I hope our state's leaders will focus on reversing this frightening trend.

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Nodmcm says... June 22, 2018 at 9:07 a.m.

If we outlawed all forms of birth control and abortion, that might bring up the white birth rate. Sure, the babies would be unwanted and the parents unprepared to raise them, but the white population might not further decrease. But who really cares about the percentage of whites versus other racial groups? One political party in Arkansas is almost entirely composed of white people, so I suppose that party has some worrying to do. Plus, that political party has been really hard on Hispanics lately, what with the border mess, so it might be really critical for white folks to get rid of that birth control and abortion. I hear there are a lot of groups working on raising the white birth rate. Is everybody ready to give up birth control?

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GeneralMac says... June 22, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

RBear mentioned Clarke Tucker.

Whenever I see the name "Clarke Tucker" I think of Nancy Pelosi.

I doubt I'm the only one who automatically makes that connection.

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GeneralMac says... June 22, 2018 at 9:55 a.m.

The chicken processing plants and meat packing plants have to keep the flow of "immigrants" coming in order to hold down wages.

In yesterdays paper it was reported ICE made a raid at a Ohio packing plant and arrested 146 workers. It stated...." many are using fraudulent identification belonging to United States citizens "

Also,114 ILLEGALS at a gardening place and 97 at a Tennessee packing plant.

Liberals are complaining that raids are " unfair because they cause fear in the community "

Isn't "immigration" wonderful, RBear ?

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GeneralMac says... June 22, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Marshal Islands................MANY went to Pocahontas Arkansas for the new Peco plant that processes chickens.

A huge apartment complex was built nearby to house workers.

It was reported in the Jonesboro Sun that place alone accounts for most of the police calls in that city.

But, anything to keep wages down .

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RBear says... June 22, 2018 at 10:06 a.m.

Fake I have been ignoring your stupid drunken rants for the most part. The other actually engaged in rational, thoughtful comments. You do good to even get a couple of sentences strung together, usually off topic. Go back to bed.

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GeneralMac says... June 22, 2018 at 10:54 a.m.

Insulting people as a means to silence them does not work on me and ( thankfully) on all other posters you disagree with.

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RBear says... June 22, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

Just pointing out your relentless rants bring absolutely NOTHING to the table other than giving you something to do during the day. Pretty sure this article was WAY over your head in terms of comprehension. So, instead of doing any research you just copied and pasted some unrelated rants from other posts in to make it sound like you have something to say.
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I know you're bored holed up in that trailer watching Fox News all day.

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Jfish says... June 22, 2018 at 11:34 a.m.

"We need more migrants," said Pam Willrodt, a demographer at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. "We need more young, vibrant people who will then start having more babies." I wonder if Ms. Willrodt has ever considered terms like sustainability and carrying capacity? I would recommend a tour of China.

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