Jefferson County, AR

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Population
70,424
1.33% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
Median Age
38.8

Poverty Rate
23.2%

Median Household Income
$38,289
1.75% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$83,800
2.44% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
26,047
3.08% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Jefferson County, AR had a population of 70.4k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $38,289. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Jefferson County, AR declined from 71,373 to 70,424, a -1.33% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,630 to $38,289, a 1.75% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (56.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (39.2%), Other (Hispanic) (1.03%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.939%), and White (Hispanic) (0.852%). NaNk% of the people in Jefferson County, AR speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jefferson County, AR are Southeast Arkansas College (519 degrees awarded in 2017), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (450 degrees), and New Beginnings Beauty Academy (35 degrees).

The median property value in Jefferson County, AR is $83,800, and the homeownership rate is 62.4%. Most people in Jefferson County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Jefferson County, AR is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Arkansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Arkansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 60.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (35.7%), followed by Other (3.37%). The most partisan county was Polk County, AR with 80.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Jefferson County, AR is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Arkansas
60.9% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Arkansas
  1. 80.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 79.3% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 79.1% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Arkansas was Polk County, AR with 80.4% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Arkansas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arkansas over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Jefferson County, AR have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Jefferson County, AR is home to a population of 70.4k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.57% of Jefferson County, AR residents were born outside of the country (1.11k people).

In 2018, there were 1.44 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.9k people) in Jefferson County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 27.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 727 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    39.9k ± 151
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    27.6k ± 35
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    727 ± 178
2.03%
Hispanic Population
1.43k people

In 2018, there were 1.44 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (39.9k people) in Jefferson County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 27.6k White (Non-Hispanic) and 727 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.03% of the people in Jefferson County, AR are hispanic (1.43k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Jefferson County, AR as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.57%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.11k people
1.64%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.17k people

As of 2018, 1.57% of Jefferson County, AR residents (1.11k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Jefferson County, AR was 1.64%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
37
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 3.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Jefferson County, AR was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Jefferson County, AR are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Jefferson County, AR residents was 39.

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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%
2018 Citizenship
98.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99% of Jefferson County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Jefferson County, AR was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,774 ± 221
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    618 ± 173
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    507 ± 135

Jefferson County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.87 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Jefferson County, AR is $38,289. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Jefferson County, AR was Census Tract 3.02 with a value of $65,352, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 3.01, with respective values of $63,430 and $52,700.

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

The economy of Jefferson County, AR employs 26k people. The largest industries in Jefferson County, AR are Manufacturing (4,306 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,087 people), and Educational Services (3,047 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,056), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,500), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,917).

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,289
2018 value
± $2,040
1.75%
1 Year Growth
± 6.49%

Households in Jefferson County, AR have a median annual income of $38,289, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $37,630 in 2017, which represents a 1.75% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Jefferson County, AR compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$53,721
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $1,816
$38,953
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,246

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  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 in Arkansas.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Jefferson County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.453
2017 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.453
2016 Wage GINI in Arkansas

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 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 3.02
  2. Census Tract 21.04
  3. Census Tract 3.01

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jefferson County, AR was Census Tract 3.02 with a value of $65,352, followed by Census Tract 21.04 and Census Tract 3.01, with respective values of $63,430 and $52,700.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jefferson County, AR (14.9k out of 64.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 18 - 24.

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. Black
    10,908 ± 707
  2. White
    3,560 ± 418
  3. Hispanic
    317 ± 151

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jefferson County, AR is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

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

26k
2018 Value
± 1,128
-3.08%
1 Year decline
± 6.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Jefferson County, AR declined at a rate of -3.08%, from 26.9k employees to 26k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jefferson County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,105 people), Production Occupations (2,793 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,133 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,105 people), Production Occupations (2,793 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,133 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.26 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.87 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.57 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, AR, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,438), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($55,739), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($52,794).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

26k
2018 Value
± 1,128
-3.08%
1 Year decline
± 6.3%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Jefferson County, AR declined at a rate of -3.08%, from 26.9k employees to 26k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jefferson County, AR, are Manufacturing (4,306 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,087 people), and Educational Services (3,047 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jefferson County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,306 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,087 people), and Educational Services (3,047 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, AR has an unusually high number of Public Administration (2.11 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.64 times), and Utilities (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jefferson County, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($83,056), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($52,500), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,917).

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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 in Arkansas
$228B
Projected 2045 Value in Arkansas
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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Education

In 2017, universities in Jefferson County, AR awarded 1,029 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, AR is skewed towards women, with 1,491 male students and 2,507 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jefferson County, AR are Black or African American (735 and 72.3%), followed by White (252 and 24.8%), Hispanic or Latino (17 and 1.67%), and Asian (9 and 0.886%).

The largest universities in Jefferson County, AR by number of degrees awarded are Southeast Arkansas College (519 and 50.4%), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (450 and 43.7%), and New Beginnings Beauty Academy (35 and 3.4%).

The most popular majors in Jefferson County, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (184 and 17.9%), General Biological Sciences (60 and 5.83%), and General Health Services (59 and 5.73%).

The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, AR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $4,908 and $11,160 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 33 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 33 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jefferson County, AR was General Studies with 33 degree-majorss awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 519 degrees awarded
  2. 450 degrees awarded
  3. 35 degrees awarded
$4,908
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2017, the Jefferson County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southeast Arkansas College with 519 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

322
Degrees Awarded to Men
707
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 322 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jefferson County, AR, which is 0.455 times less than the 707 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Jefferson County, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    735 degrees awarded
  2. White
    252 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    17 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jefferson County, AR were to Black or African American students. These 735 degrees mean that there were 2.92 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 252 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jefferson County, AR was $83,800 in 2018, which is 0.365 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $81,800 to $83,800, a 2.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Jefferson County, AR is 62.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jefferson County, AR have an average commute time of 20.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jefferson County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$83,800
2018 Median
± $2,721
$81,800
2017 Median
± $3,017

In 2018, the median property value in Jefferson County, AR grew to to $83,800 from the previous year's value of $81,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$38,289
Median Household Income
± $2,040
27k
Number of Households
± 1,045

In 2018, the median household income of the 27k households in Jefferson County, AR grew to $38,289 from the previous year's value of $37,630.

The following chart displays the households in Jefferson 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.4%
2018 Homeownership
63.5%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 62.4% of the housing units in Jefferson County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 63.5%.

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

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Commute Time

20.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jefferson County, AR have a shorter commute time (20.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 0.881% of the workforce in Jefferson County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    87.3%
  2. Carpooled
    6.03%
  3. Other
    2.51%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Jefferson County, AR was Drove Alone (87.3%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.03%) and those who Other (2.51%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Jefferson County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Jefferson County, AR have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

92.1% of the population of Jefferson County, AR has health coverage, with 37% on employee plans, 26.1% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 1.82% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, AR see 1491 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.5% increase from the previous year (1314 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2693 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 526 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

1,491 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Jefferson County, AR

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, AR see an average of 1,491 patients per year. This represents a 13.5% increase from the previous year (1,314 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Arkansas.
$7,408
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Arkansas
$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

7.94%
Uninsured
37%
Employer Coverage
26.1%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
14.8%
Non-Group
1.82%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jefferson County, AR declined by 11.5% from 8.97% to 7.94%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Jefferson 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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