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Times in Rural, Small Communities Keep on Changing

It’s no secret Northwest Arkansas is rapidly expanding. Smaller communities from Centerton to Jasper are in the middle of land rushes as people creep to the area. This part of the state has a net gain of 30 people a day and its population has grown about 20% since 2010, according to the Northwest Arkansas Council. Stories are reported from the Bruce and Ann Applegate News Studio at the Carver Center for Public Radio.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Anna Pope grew up listening to public radio. Pope earned a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from Oklahoma State University where she reported for the university’s paper and became its news editor. She also interned at KOSU public radio, covering topics ranging anywhere from Indigenous affairs and rural issues to business and education. She joined KUAF as a Report for America corps member covering the impact of growth in June 2022.