Pulaski County, AR

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Population

393,956

0.18% growth

Median Age

37.4


Median Household Income

$52,450

10.7% growth

Poverty Rate

17.3%


Number of Employees

185,869

2.23% growth

Median Property Value

$156,300

1.63% growth

About

In 2017, Pulaski County, AR had a population of 394k people with a median age of 37.4 and a median household income of $52,450. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Pulaski County, AR grew from 393,250 to 393,956, a 0.18% increase and its median household income grew from $47,387 to $52,450, a 10.7% increase.

The population of Pulaski County, AR is 52.2% White Alone, 36.5% Black or African American Alone, and 6.17% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Pulaski County, AR speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Pulaski County, AR are Pulaski Technical College (2,767 degrees awarded in 2016), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2,424 degrees), and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (985 degrees).

The median property value in Pulaski County, AR is $156,300, and the homeownership rate is 58.4%. Most people in Pulaski County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Pulaski County, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Pulaski County, AR employs 186k people. The largest industries in Pulaski County, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (35,249 people), Retail Trade (21,141 people), and Educational Services (18,436 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,795), Information ($49,906), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,658).

Median household income in Pulaski County, AR is $52,450. Males in Pulaski County, AR have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,890. The income inequality in Pulaski County, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.44, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,450

2017 value

± $2,942

10.7%

1 Year Growth

± 7.39%

Households in Pulaski County, AR have a median annual income of $52,450, 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 $47,387 in 2016, which represents a 10.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$54,131

Average Male Salary

± $1,759

$39,890

Average Female Salary

± $1,164

In 2017, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.36 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. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $53,180 ± $44,930

  2. Asian

    $48,380 ± $7,967

  3. White

    $44,084 ± $1,161

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.44

2017 Wage GINI

0.454

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.44 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.24% 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 42.13

  2. Census Tract 42.19

  3. Census Tract 42.12

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Pulaski County, AR was Census Tract 42.13 with a value of $158,565, followed by Census Tract 42.19 and Census Tract 42.12, with respective values of $103,654 and $103,250.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Pulaski 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

17.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Pulaski County, AR (67.1k out of 387k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    37,059 ± 1,667

  2. White

    24,533 ± 1,333

  3. Hispanic

    6,905 ± 668

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Pulaski 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

186k

2017 Value

± 8,282

2.23%

1 Year growth

± 5.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pulaski County, AR grew at a rate of 2.23%, from 182k employees to 186k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Pulaski County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,648 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,621 people), and Management Occupations (16,940 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,648 people), Sales & Related Occupations (20,621 people), and Management Occupations (16,940 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.57 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (1.52 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Pulaski County, AR, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($75,751), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,352), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,007).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

186k

2017 Value

± 8,282

2.23%

1 Year growth

± 5.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Pulaski County, AR grew at a rate of 2.23%, from 182k employees to 186k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Pulaski County, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (35,249 people), Retail Trade (21,141 people), and Educational Services (18,436 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Pulaski County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (35,249 people), Retail Trade (21,141 people), and Educational Services (18,436 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Pulaski County, AR has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.48 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.38 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Pulaski County, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,795), Information ($49,906), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($48,658).

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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

93.6% of the population of Pulaski County, AR has health coverage, with 42.5% on employee plans, 21.6% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 2.66% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, AR see 890 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.87% decrease from the previous year (907 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1385 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 261 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

890 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Pulaski County, AR see an average of 890 patients per year. This represents a 1.87% decrease from the previous year (907 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pulaski 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

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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

6.44%

Uninsured

42.5%

Employer Coverage

21.6%

Medicaid

10.7%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

2.66%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Pulaski County, AR declined by 3.8% from 6.7% to 6.44%.

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

Pulaski County, AR is home to a population of 394k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.38% of Pulaski County, AR residents were born outside of the country (21.2k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Pulaski County, AR is composed of 206k White Alone residents (52.2%), 144k Black or African American Alone residents (36.5%), 24.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.17%), 8.87k Two or More Races residents (2.25%), 8.78k Asian Alone residents (2.23%), 1.47k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.372%), 781 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.198%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Pulaski County, AR was 37.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Pulaski County, AR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Pulaski County, AR residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.38%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.2k people

5.16%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.3k people

As of 2017, 5.38% of Pulaski County, AR residents (21.2k 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 Pulaski County, AR was 5.16%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    56,814 ± 5,796 people

  2. El Salvador

    14,438 ± 2,943 people

  3. India

    9,304 ± 2,364 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 56,814 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,438 and India with 9,304.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Pulaski County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Pulaski County, AR was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    206k ± 446

  2. Black or African American Alone

    144k ± 2.13k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    24.3k ± 3.88k

In 2017, there were 1.43 times more White Alone residents (206k people) in Pulaski County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 144k Black or African American Alone and 24.3k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Pulaski 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 Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, AR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Pulaski 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

    7,343 ± 1,133

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,045 ± 1,636

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,010 ± 1,695

Pulaski County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Pulaski County, AR awarded 7,898 degrees. The student population of Pulaski County, AR is skewed towards women, with 9,465 male students and 15,920 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Pulaski County, AR are White (4,175 and 54.1%), followed by Black or African American (2,685 and 34.8%), Hispanic or Latino (287 and 3.72%), and Two or More Races (249 and 3.23%).

The largest universities in Pulaski County, AR by number of degrees awarded are Pulaski Technical College (2,767 and 35%), University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2,424 and 30.7%), and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (985 and 12.5%).

The most popular majors in Pulaski County, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,366 and 17.3%), Registered Nursing (676 and 8.56%), and General Health Services (303 and 3.84%).

The median tuition costs in Pulaski County, AR are $10,282 for private four year colleges, and $6,398 and $16,533 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 166 degrees awarded

  2. 113 degrees awarded

  3. 321 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Pulaski County, AR was General Business Administration & Management with 166 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,767 degrees awarded

  2. 2,424 degrees awarded

  3. 985 degrees awarded

$6,398

Median In-State Public

$10,282

Median Private

In 2016, the Pulaski County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Pulaski Technical College with 2,767 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,388

Degrees Awarded to Men

5,510

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,388 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Pulaski County, AR, which is 0.433 times less than the 5,510 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Pulaski County, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,175 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    2,685 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    287 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Pulaski County, AR were to White students. These 4,175 degrees mean that there were 1.55 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,685 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Pulaski County, AR was $156,300 in 2017, which is 0.718 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $153,800 to $156,300, a 1.63% increase. The homeownership rate in Pulaski County, AR is 58.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Pulaski County, AR have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Pulaski 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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$52,450

Median Household Income

± $2,942

157k

Number of Households

± 6,892

In 2017, the median household income of the 157k households in Pulaski County, AR grew to $52,450 from the previous year's value of $47,387.

The following chart displays the households in Pulaski 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$156,300

2017 Median

± $5,326

$153,800

2016 Median

± $6,195

In 2017, the median property value in Pulaski County, AR grew to to $156,300 from the previous year's value of $153,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

58.4%

2017 Homeownership

56.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.4% of the housing units in Pulaski County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Pulaski 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 Pulaski County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Pulaski County, AR have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Pulaski County, AR have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.28% of the workforce in Pulaski County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.1%

  2. Carpooled

    8.94%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Pulaski County, AR was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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