State of the Region

Introduction

Central Arkansas is rich in culture, history and resources. The decisions we make today as a region will impact whether we remain that way in the future. This interactive workbook will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities the region is facing. 

Learn about the future of Central Arkansas and show us how well you know your region by answering the trivia questions along the way.

Tell us about yourself!

The more you tell us about yourself and where you live the more information you’ll learn about central Arkansas.

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Our People

Central Arkansas has a growing population, adding almost 100,000 people (a 15% increase) between 2000 and 2010.

Growth means more demand on transportation and infrastructure.

We’re becoming more diverse. Minority populations, led by Hispanics, are growing at a significantly faster rate than the population as a whole. 

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Central Arkansas will grow to almost 1 million people by the year 2040 - an increase of over 40 percent.

We’re getting older. The median age will be almost 40 by the year 2040, compared to 28 in 1970.

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Transportation

Transportation infrastructure and associated services form the backbone of central Arkansas. It’s what keeps our people and our economy moving. 

This includes the interstates and arterials that take us to work every day, the streets in our neighborhood, the sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and greenways that allow us to walk and bike as well as the bus routes and trolley lines.

75% ...of Central Arkanas can not walk to a bus route from their home.

Transportation options such as walking, cycling and transit are important for people who can’t or don’t want to drive because of traffic, expense, age or physical limitations.

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75% ...of Central Arkanas who can not walk to a bus route from their home.

Transportation options such as walking, cycling and transit are important for people who can’t or don’t want to drive because of traffic, expense, age or physical limitations.

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25% ...of Central Arkansas who can walk to a bus route from their home.

CATA Bus Routes

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People can walk comfortably to their destination, school, shopping, recreation, etc., when it is 1/4 to 1/2 mile away or less.

86% ...of homes in the region do not have a sidewalk on their street.

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86% ...of homes in the region, your street does not have a sidewalk.

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14% ...of homes in the region, yours is on a street with a sidewalk.

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Land Use

Transportation decisions have a direct influence on land use patterns.

Land use decisions have a direct influence on travel behavior.

Central Arkansas’ current land use pattern is one in which most trips must be made via private automobile and many daily destinations (work, school, etc.) are far away.

What does density look like?

Generally speaking, places become more viable for walking, cycling and transit at higher densities. About four out of 10 homes in central Arkansas are located in neighborhoods with minimum densities for transit to be viable.

80% ...of Central Arkansas can't comfortably walk to shopping, retail, or entertainment from their home.

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80% ...of Central Arkansas, who can't comfortably walk to shopping, retail, or entertainment from their home.

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20% ...of Central Arkansas, who can comfortably walk to shopping, retail, or entertainment from their home.

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Housing & Transportation

Most people only consider the cost of housing (rent or mortgage) when choosing a place to live.

Transportation is a “hidden” cost associated with housing. Depending on where you live, the cost of transportation can be a significant part of monthly expenses.

If fuel prices and other transportation costs continue to increase, the lack of affordability in central Arkansas will become exacerbated.

Average fuel price per gallon

Transportation costs are highest for households in places that are least accessible and have the fewest options available.

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According to AAA, the average cost of owning a car is about $9,000 per year per car, including monthly payment, fuel, maintenance and insurance. The average household in central Arkansas spends over half (53%) the median income on housing and transportation costs each year.

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Our Future


Source: Metro 2030

Costs

Taking a business as usual approach, central Arkansas will fall roughly $5.5 billion short of meeting our transportation infrastructure needs by the year 2030. 

A new approach to meeting the region’s mobility needs is necessary, which could include more efficient transportation systems, smarter land use patterns and innovative funding strategies.

Energy Consumption by Sector

Protecting Our Future

...means ensuring that the resources we enjoy today, clean air and water, readily available energy sources, quality of life, the ability to move people and goods around the region, are available to future generations.

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What do you think are the most important challenges for central Arkansas in the next 30 years?
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Imagine Central Arkansas

day dreaming - waiting the bus by Marius Muscalu, on FlickrDo you ever find yourself daydreaming about what the future may hold? Perhaps what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be 20 or 30 years from now?

Imagine Central Arkansas is the region’s opportunity to do just that. To imagine what the future will be like…where our children will work, live and play…how they will get there.
 

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