Arkansas County, AR

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Population

18,352

1.17% decline

Median Age

40.9


Median Household Income

$38,532

3.22% growth

Poverty Rate

20.7%


Number of Employees

7,920

1.41% decline

Median Property Value

$80,300

3.48% growth

About

In 2017, Arkansas County, AR had a population of 18.4k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $38,532. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Arkansas County, AR declined from 18,569 to 18,352, a -1.17% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,330 to $38,532, a 3.22% increase.

The population of Arkansas County, AR is 70.2% White Alone, 26% Black or African American Alone, and 2.96% Hispanic or Latino. 3.1% of the people in Arkansas County, AR speak a non-English language, and 99% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Arkansas County, AR is $80,300, and the homeownership rate is 62.7%. Most people in Arkansas County, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Arkansas County, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Arkansas County, AR employs 7.92k people. The largest industries in Arkansas County, AR are Manufacturing (1,893 people), Retail Trade (969 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (760 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,972), Wholesale Trade ($43,125), and Educational Services ($40,350).

Median household income in Arkansas County, AR is $38,532. Males in Arkansas 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 Arkansas County, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,532

2017 value

± $2,759

3.22%

1 Year Growth

± 9.23%

Households in Arkansas County, AR have a median annual income of $38,532, 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 $37,330 in 2016, which represents a 3.22% 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 County, AR 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 County, AR 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 Arkansas 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 4805

  2. Census Tract 4802

  3. Census Tract 4808

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arkansas County, AR was Census Tract 4805 with a value of $45,056, followed by Census Tract 4802 and Census Tract 4808, with respective values of $43,000 and $39,803.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Arkansas 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

20.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arkansas County, AR (3.74k out of 18k 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 18 - 24 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

    2,110 ± 263

  2. Black

    1,564 ± 261

  3. Hispanic

    155 ± 116

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

7.92k

2017 Value

± 481

-1.41%

1 Year decline

± 8.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arkansas County, AR declined at a rate of -1.41%, from 8.03k employees to 7.92k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arkansas County, AR, are Production Occupations (1,084 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,036 people), and Management Occupations (902 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arkansas County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arkansas County, AR, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (1,084 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,036 people), and Management Occupations (902 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arkansas County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.5 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.36 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.23 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arkansas County, AR, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($78,636), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($57,625), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($55,667).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.92k

2017 Value

± 481

-1.41%

1 Year decline

± 8.4%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Arkansas County, AR declined at a rate of -1.41%, from 8.03k employees to 7.92k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arkansas County, AR, are Manufacturing (1,893 people), Retail Trade (969 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (760 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arkansas County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Arkansas 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 Arkansas County, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,893 people), Retail Trade (969 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (760 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Arkansas County, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.53 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.36 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.5 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arkansas County, AR, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,972), Wholesale Trade ($43,125), and Educational Services ($40,350).

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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 with $17.5B and Mixed freight and $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

91.6% of the population of Arkansas County, AR has health coverage, with 32.2% on employee plans, 28.9% on Medicaid, 13.5% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 1.9% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Arkansas County, AR see 2048 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.2% increase from the previous year (1859 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2602 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1071 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

2,048 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arkansas County, AR see an average of 2,048 patients per year. This represents a 10.2% increase from the previous year (1,859 patients).

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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%).

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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

8.4%

Uninsured

32.2%

Employer Coverage

28.9%

Medicaid

13.5%

Medicare

15.1%

Non-Group

1.9%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arkansas County, AR declined by 11.9% from 9.53% to 8.4%.

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

Arkansas County, AR is home to a population of 18.4k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.21% of Arkansas County, AR residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Arkansas County, AR is composed of 12.9k White Alone residents (70.2%), 4.77k Black or African American Alone residents (26%), 543 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.96%), 156 Two or More Races residents (0.85%), 3 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0163%), 2 Asian Alone residents (0.0109%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Arkansas County, AR are Spanish or Spanish Creole (373 speakers), Chinese (83 speakers), and Other Slavic Languages (39 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 1

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 12

In 2017, the median age of all people in Arkansas County, AR was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Arkansas County, AR are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Arkansas County, AR residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.21%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.13%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.21% of Arkansas County, AR residents 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 Arkansas County, AR was 1.13%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 County, AR was Mexico, the natal country of 62,950 Arkansas County, AR residents, followed by El Salvador with 12,524 and India with 8,219.

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Citizenship

99%

2017 Citizenship

99.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99% of Arkansas County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Arkansas County, AR was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    12.9k ± 12

  2. Black or African American Alone

    4.77k ± 80

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    543 ± 194

In 2017, there were 2.7 times more White Alone residents (12.9k people) in Arkansas County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.77k Black or African American Alone and 543 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 Arkansas County, AR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    373 speakers (2.13%)

  2. Chinese

    83 speakers (0.475%)

  3. Other Slavic Languages

    39 speakers (0.223%)

3.1% of Arkansas County, AR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Arkansas County, AR was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 2.13% of the overall population of Arkansas County, AR are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.475% speak Chinese and 0.223% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    486 ± 130

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    113 ± 66

  3. Korea

    105 ± 38

Arkansas County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.3 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arkansas County, AR was $80,300 in 2017, which is 0.369 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $77,600 to $80,300, a 3.48% increase. The homeownership rate in Arkansas County, AR is 62.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Arkansas County, AR have an average commute time of 14.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Arkansas 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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$38,532

Median Household Income

± $2,759

7.69k

Number of Households

± 468

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.69k households in Arkansas County, AR grew to $38,532 from the previous year's value of $37,330.

The following chart displays the households in Arkansas 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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Housing

Property Value

$80,300

2017 Median

± $3,637

$77,600

2016 Median

± $2,963

In 2017, the median property value in Arkansas County, AR grew to to $80,300 from the previous year's value of $77,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arkansas 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 Arkansas County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

62.7%

2017 Homeownership

64.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.7% of the housing units in Arkansas County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.6%.

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

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Commute Time

14.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arkansas County, AR have a shorter commute time (14.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.25% of the workforce in Arkansas County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.8%

  2. Carpooled

    11.5%

  3. Walked

    3.1%

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

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