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View Poll Results: What's Your Fave Arkansas Metro?
Little Rock-N. Little Rock 11 35.48%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-Bentonville 16 51.61%
Ft. Smith-Van Buren 1 3.23%
Texarkana 2 6.45%
Jonesboro 1 3.23%
Hot Springs 3 9.68%
Pine Bluff 0 0%
Conway? 0 0%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 31. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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actually, Conway is part of LR's MSA, but Pine Bluff isn't. Pine Bluff and Searcy have their own MSA's which are sometimes included in a CSA with LR/NLR/Conway.

and you know my vote is for LR.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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actually, Conway is part of LR's MSA, but Pine Bluff isn't. Pine Bluff and Searcy have their own MSA's which are sometimes included in a CSA with LR/NLR/Conway.

and you know my vote is for LR.
Yep, that's what I said about Pine Bluff- part of the Little Rock CSA. It amazes me that Searcy has it's own MSA.. surely it's micropolitan.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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it is.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Helena-West Helena feels like Detroit.
Wow! That bad huh?
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Eh, this is a rough one. Little Rock gets my vote as best "metro" because, as others have said, it's the only place in Arkansas that actually feels like a decent sized city and has the density to demand the "metro" moniker (in my opinion, of course). NWA would be my vote as best "metro" to live in however, due to really low cost of living, relatively few traffic issues, low crime, and Fayetteville's superior entertainment district and fun atmosphere. I like both, but they're both very different and have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Texarkana is too small to be a real metro in my opinion, as is Jonesboro and Hot Springs. Jonesboro and Texarkana are significant regional anchors for their parts of the state, and Hot Springs is a beautiful touristy city, but there's no real "metro" to any of them. Fort-Smith Van Buren I'm okay with considering a real metro due to the population and the way it is put together. Conway is in the Little Rock MSA, and Pine Bluff is part of the Little Rock CSA, but Pine Bluff barely warrants a "metro" consideration (once again, in my opinion) anymore with its declining population and relevance.
Thanks for clearing that up about Conway and Pine Bluff. I had no idea they were in Little Rock's MSA/CSA.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Yep, that's what I said about Pine Bluff- part of the Little Rock CSA. It amazes me that Searcy has it's own MSA.. surely it's micropolitan.
I wonder do people in Searcy commute to Little Rock and also isn't Searcy a college town.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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yes, they do, and yes it is.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Ok, thanks.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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yes, they do, and yes it is.
I have a friend that went to school in Searcy. Said it's a nice little town, but not very active, especially for a college town. I'd like to go look around sometime, I haven't been through Searcy in years and have very little memory of what Harding looks like. I always liked getting to see the different colleges around the state.

I don't think Helena-West Helena feels "like Detroit" necessarily, but it is in a sad state of affairs. Quite a few towns in that part of the state are, unfortunately. There's a lot of faded glory there and a few people with great intentions and plans to rejuvenate and rebuild things, but there's just no money to back it up and help fix some of the problems. Too bad, especially considering they were once beautiful little towns and have some great history. I'd really like to see some major employment pop up in that part of the state to help turn those towns around, but it's a tough sell to most manufacturers.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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me too, wiz. the Delta has some wonderful culture and history to offer, and some beautiful scenery as well. I wish it would get the appreciation it deserves.
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