Arkansas population exceeds 3M

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)   The population in Arkansas has topped 3 million this year for the first time in the state's history.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the U.S. Census Bureau released its state figures for Arkansas this week.

Arkansas' population climbed more than 16,000 from July 2016 to July 2017, putting the state at over 3 million residents for the first time, according to the bureau. The state is still the 32nd largest state in the U.S., which is the same from last year.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he's "delighted" to see the state reach the population milestone. Hutchinson says the growth shows job creation is attracting people to the state.

The report says 42 states and Washington, D.C., grew in population over a year, while eight states' populations dropped.

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