The 2003 US Census report shows Northwest Arkansas` population boomed between 2002 and 2003 as the Arkansas Delta continued to lose residents. overall, the state saw a .72 percent population gain. Arkansas had an estimated 2,725,714 residents in 2003. Benton County was the state`s fastest-growing county, at 4.08 percent growth. Lee County led the state in population decline with a -3.07 percent population loss. Among the state`s larger cities, Bryant recorded the highest population growth between 2002 and 2003 at 15.83 percent. Census estimates showed Bryant had more than 12,000 residents in 2003. Little Rock, the state`s largest city, had .22 percent growth from 2002 to 2003.