Baxter County, AR

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Population

41,093

0.246% growth

Median Age

51.8


Median Household Income

$40,072

5.13% growth

Poverty Rate

12.6%


Number of Employees

15,926

3.23% growth

Median Property Value

$124,400

1.06% growth

About

In 2017, Baxter County, AR had a population of 41.1k people with a median age of 51.8 and a median household income of $40,072. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Baxter County, AR grew from 40,992 to 41,093, a 0.246% increase and its median household income grew from $38,115 to $40,072, a 5.13% increase.

The population of Baxter County, AR is 95.1% White Alone, 2.14% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.46% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Baxter County, AR speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Baxter County, AR are Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (571 degrees awarded in 2016) and The Beauty School (485731) (5 degrees).

The median property value in Baxter County, AR is $124,400, and the homeownership rate is 75.4%. Most people in Baxter County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Baxter County, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Baxter County, AR employs 15.9k people. The largest industries in Baxter County, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,282 people), Manufacturing (2,676 people), and Retail Trade (2,293 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($73,625), Information ($45,901), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,809).

Median household income in Baxter County, AR is $40,072. Males in Baxter County, AR have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,953. The income inequality in Baxter County, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,072

2017 value

± $1,602

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 5.7%

Households in Baxter County, AR have a median annual income of $40,072, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $38,115 in 2016, which represents a 5.13% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$53,721

Average Male Salary

± $1,816

$38,953

Average Female Salary

± $1,246

In 2017, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.38 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $55,861 ± $11,571

  2. White

    $43,596 ± $1,206

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,912 ± $29,718

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Baxter County, AR is from Arkansas.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.453

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0272% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9502

  2. Census Tract 9508

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Baxter County, AR was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $44,175, followed by Census Tract 9508 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $43,101 and $41,794.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Baxter County, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Baxter County, AR (5.12k out of 40.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,935 ± 449

  2. Hispanic

    109 ± 115

  3. Two Or More

    87 ± 134

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Baxter County, AR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

15.9k

2017 Value

± 880

3.23%

1 Year growth

± 7.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baxter County, AR grew at a rate of 3.23%, from 15.4k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Baxter County, AR, are Production Occupations (1,958 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,906 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,734 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Baxter County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Baxter County, AR, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,958 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,906 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,734 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Baxter County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.12 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.91 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.9 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Baxter County, AR, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($66,279), Legal Occupations ($56,528), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($50,731).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.9k

2017 Value

± 880

3.23%

1 Year growth

± 7.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Baxter County, AR grew at a rate of 3.23%, from 15.4k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Baxter County, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,282 people), Manufacturing (2,676 people), and Retail Trade (2,293 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Baxter County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Baxter County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Baxter County, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,282 people), Manufacturing (2,676 people), and Retail Trade (2,293 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Baxter County, AR has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (4.01 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.66 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.49 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Baxter County, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($73,625), Information ($45,901), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,809).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.5B

  2. $17.5B

  3. $8.54B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $24.5B, followed by Meat/seafood ($17.5B) and Mixed freight ($8.54B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$150B

2015 Value

$228B

Projected 2045 Value

52.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Arkansas trade was $150B. This is expected to increase 52.4% to $228B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arkansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.4B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $7.98B

In 2015, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Mississippi with $12.4B, followed by Texas with $11.4B and Missouri and $7.98B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arkansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.4% of the population of Baxter County, AR has health coverage, with 33% on employee plans, 16.7% on Medicaid, 22.3% on Medicare, 17.6% on non-group plans, and 2.74% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Baxter County, AR was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Baxter County, AR see 1173 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.35% increase from the previous year (1135 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1955 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 357 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.2%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (44.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,173 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Baxter County, AR see an average of 1,173 patients per year. This represents a 3.35% increase from the previous year (1,135 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Baxter County, AR in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,408

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,906

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,108

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,479

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.56%

Uninsured

33%

Employer Coverage

16.7%

Medicaid

22.3%

Medicare

17.6%

Non-Group

2.74%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Baxter County, AR declined by 18% from 9.21% to 7.56%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Baxter County, AR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.2% prevalence

  2. 17.1% prevalence

  3. 16.6% prevalence

Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 17.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Baxter County, AR is home to a population of 41.1k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.17% of Baxter County, AR residents were born outside of the country (892 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Baxter County, AR is composed of 39.1k White Alone residents (95.1%), 879 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.14%), 601 Two or More Races residents (1.46%), 206 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.501%), 160 Asian Alone residents (0.389%), 83 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.202%), 74 Black or African American Alone residents (0.18%), and 11 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0268%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Baxter County, AR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

52

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

65

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Baxter County, AR was 51.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 52, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 65. But people in Baxter County, AR are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Baxter County, AR residents was 52.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.17%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

892 people

2.35%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

965 people

As of 2017, 2.17% of Baxter County, AR residents (892 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Baxter County, AR was 2.35%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    62,950 ± 6,094 people

  2. El Salvador

    12,524 ± 2,742 people

  3. India

    8,219 ± 2,223 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,950 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 12,524 and India with 8,219.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Baxter County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Baxter County, AR was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    39.1k ± 10

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    879 ± 245

  3. Two or More Races

    601 ± 86.4

In 2017, there were 44.5 times more White Alone residents (39.1k people) in Baxter County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 879 Hispanic or Latino and 601 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Baxter County, AR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Baxter County, AR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Baxter County, AR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Baxter County, AR are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,916 ± 242

  2. Korea

    552 ± 138

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    347 ± 118

Baxter County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Baxter County, AR awarded 576 degrees. The student population of Baxter County, AR is skewed towards women, with 577 male students and 805 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Baxter County, AR are White (527 and 91.5%), followed by Two or More Races (24 and 4.17%), Hispanic or Latino (16 and 2.78%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (6 and 1.04%).

The largest universities in Baxter County, AR by number of degrees awarded are Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (571 and 99.1%) and The Beauty School (485731) (5 and 0.868%).

The most popular majors in Baxter County, AR are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (112 and 19.4%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (74 and 12.8%), and General Health Services (52 and 9.03%).

The median tuition costs in Baxter County, AR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 74 degrees awarded

  2. 37 degrees awarded

  3. 29 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Baxter County, AR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 74 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Baxter County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 571 degrees awarded

  2. 5 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Baxter County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Arkansas State University-Mountain Home with 571 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

192

Degrees Awarded to Men

384

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 192 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Baxter County, AR, which is 0.5 times less than the 384 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    527 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    24 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Baxter County, AR were to White students. These 527 degrees mean that there were 22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 24 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Baxter County, AR was $124,400 in 2017, which is 0.572 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $123,100 to $124,400, a 1.06% increase. The homeownership rate in Baxter County, AR is 75.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Baxter County, AR have an average commute time of 15.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Baxter County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$40,072

Median Household Income

± $1,602

18.4k

Number of Households

± 903

In 2017, the median household income of the 18.4k households in Baxter County, AR grew to $40,072 from the previous year's value of $38,115.

The following chart displays the households in Baxter County, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $50k - $60k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$124,400

2017 Median

± $4,818

$123,100

2016 Median

± $4,725

In 2017, the median property value in Baxter County, AR grew to to $124,400 from the previous year's value of $123,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Baxter County, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baxter County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Baxter County, AR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Baxter County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.4%

2017 Homeownership

75.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.4% of the housing units in Baxter County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Baxter County, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Baxter County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Baxter County, AR have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

15.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Baxter County, AR have a shorter commute time (15.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.98% of the workforce in Baxter County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.17%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.26%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Baxter County, AR was Drove Alone (84.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.17%) and those who Worked At Home (3.26%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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