Arkansas

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2019 Population
3.02M
0.132% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
38.8
1.84% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
17%
3.02% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$48,952
4.02% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$136,200
2.33% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
1.27M
3.25% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Arkansas had a population of 3.02M people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $48,952. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Arkansas grew from 3.01M to 3.02M, a 0.132% increase and its median household income grew from $47,062 to $48,952, a 4.02% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas are White (Non-Hispanic) (72%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (15.4%), White (Hispanic) (4.74%), Other (Hispanic) (2.4%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.36%). 0% of the households in Arkansas speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 96.8% of the residents in Arkansas are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arkansas are University of Arkansas (6,818 degrees awarded in 2019), Arkansas State University-Main Campus (5,009 degrees), and Arkansas Tech University (4,040 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Arkansas was $136,200, and the homeownership rate was 65.5%. Most people in Arkansas drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Arkansas was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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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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Diversity

Arkansas is home to a population of 3.02M people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2019, 13.8% of Arkansas residents were born outside of the country (415k people).

In 2019, there were 4.67 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.17M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 465k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 143k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.17M ± 1.25k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    465k ± 5.95k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    143k ± 9.06k
7.69%
Hispanic Population
232k people

In 2019, there were 4.67 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.17M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 465k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 143k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.69% of the people in Arkansas are hispanic (232k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Arkansas as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.8%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
415k people
4.73%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
142k people

As of 2019, 13.8% of Arkansas residents (415k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arkansas was 4.73%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2019, the median age of all people in Arkansas was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Arkansas are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Arkansas residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    63,715 ± 6,131 people
  2. El Salvador
    16,368 ± 3,133 people
  3. India
    11,149 ± 2,588 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 63,715 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 16,368 and India with 11,149.

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Citizenship

96.8%
2019 Citizenship
96.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.8% of Arkansas residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Arkansas was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    67,179 ± 3,669
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    40,383 ± 3,745
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    26,962 ± 2,932

Arkansas has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Arkansas is $48,952. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $69,130, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,327 and $62,532.

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,470. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Arkansas employs 1.27M people. The largest industries in Arkansas are Elementary & secondary schools (84,009 people), Construction (80,863 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (80,099 people), and the highest paying industries are Specialty food stores ($131,688), Spectator sports ($127,038), and Air transportation ($100,755).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,952
2019 value
± $863
4.02%
1 Year Growth
± 2.23%

Households in Arkansas have a median annual income of $48,952, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,062 in 2018, which represents a 4.02% annual growth.

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

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$57,356
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $1,988
$42,470
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,371

In 2019, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.35 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

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  1. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $66,531 ± $51,831
  2. Asian
    $57,646 ± $8,149
  3. White
    $46,868 ± $1,329

In 2019 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 1.15 times more than Asian 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

0.45
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.452
2018 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2019, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.417% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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)

In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $69,130, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,327 and $62,532.

The following map shows all of the counties in Arkansas 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% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arkansas (496k out of 2.91M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    314,927 ± 4,037
  2. Black
    128,197 ± 2,782
  3. Hispanic
    56,288 ± 1,832

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

1.27M
2019 Value
3.25%
1 Year growth
± 3.25%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Arkansas grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 1.23M employees to 1.27M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arkansas, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (45,615 people), Registered nurses (31,933 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (29,319 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arkansas.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arkansas, by number of employees, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (45,615 people), Registered nurses (31,933 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (29,319 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Arkansas has an unusually high number of residents working as Logging workers (7.72 times higher than expected), Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders (7.12 times), and Tire builders (7.03 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arkansas, by average salary, are Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians ($275,567), Dentists ($243,050), and Physicians ($229,054).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.27M
2019 Value
3.25%
1 Year growth
± 3.25%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Arkansas grew at a rate of 3.25%, from 1.23M employees to 1.27M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arkansas, are Elementary & secondary schools (84,009 people), Construction (80,863 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (80,099 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arkansas, though some of these residents may live in Arkansas 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, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (84,009 people), Construction (80,863 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (80,099 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Arkansas has an unusually high number of Animal slaughtering & processing (9.96 times higher than expected), Not specified metal industries (8.93 times), and Logging (7.99 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arkansas, by average salary, are Specialty food stores ($131,688), Spectator sports ($127,038), and Air transportation ($100,755).

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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. $19.1B
  2. $16.5B
  3. $10.9B

In 2018, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Meat/seafood with $19.1B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($16.5B) and Mixed freight ($10.9B).

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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$154B
2018 Value in Arkansas
$263B
Projected 2045 Value in Arkansas
71% growth

In 2018, total outbound Arkansas trade was $154B. This is expected to increase 71% to $263B 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. $12.9B
  2. $7.68B
  3. $6.49B

In 2018, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $12.9B, followed by Mississippi with $7.68B and Tennessee and $6.49B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 60.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (33.7%), followed by Gary Johnson (2.64%). 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.

Arkansas 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Arkansas
60.6% for the Republican 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

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, excluding special elections, 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 Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2019, universities in Arkansas awarded 50,290 degrees. The student population of Arkansas is skewed towards women, with 65,154 male students and 95,657 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arkansas are White (35,388 and 72.7%), followed by Black or African American (7,276 and 14.9%), Hispanic or Latino (3,022 and 6.21%), and Two or More Races (1,394 and 2.86%).

The largest universities in Arkansas by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas (6,818 and 13.6%), Arkansas State University-Main Campus (5,009 and 9.96%), and Arkansas Tech University (4,040 and 8.03%).

The most popular majors in Arkansas are Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,969 and 7.89%), General Studies (3,446 and 6.85%), and Registered Nursing (2,689 and 5.35%).

The median tuition costs in Arkansas are $16,668 for private four year colleges, and $6,495 and $11,640 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,280 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 848 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 840 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arkansas was Registered Nursing with 1,280 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,818 degrees awarded
  2. 5,009 degrees awarded
  3. 4,040 degrees awarded
$6,495
Median In-State Public
$16,668
Median Private

In 2019, the Arkansas institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas with 6,818 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

19,946
Degrees Awarded to Men
30,344
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 19,946 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arkansas, which is 0.657 times less than the 30,344 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Arkansas by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    35,388 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    7,276 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,022 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Arkansas was White students. These 35,388 degrees mean that there were 4.86 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 7,276 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arkansas was $136,200 in 2019, which is 0.566 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $133,100 to $136,200, a 2.33% increase. The homeownership rate in Arkansas is 65.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Arkansas have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Arkansas is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$136,200
2019 Median
± $2,039
$133,100
2018 Median
± $2,166

In 2019, the median property value in Arkansas grew to to $136,200 from the previous year's value of $133,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arkansas 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 the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k 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.
$48,952
Median Household Income
± $863
1.16M
Number of Households
± 18,247

In 2019, the median household income of the 1.16M households in Arkansas grew to $48,952 from the previous year's value of $47,062.

The following chart displays the households in Arkansas 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.5%
2019 Homeownership
65.8%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 65.5% of the housing units in Arkansas were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Arkansas compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arkansas have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 1.83% of the workforce in Arkansas have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (10.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.52%)

In 2019, 82.4% of workers in Arkansas drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.7%) and those who worked at home (3.52%).

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

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Health

90.9% of the population of Arkansas has health coverage, with 40.2% on employee plans, 23.2% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 2.15% 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 Arkansas see 1507 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 423 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (28.8%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,507 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,507 patients per year. This represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1,502 patients).

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

9.15%
Uninsured
40.2%
Employer Coverage
23.2%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
2.15%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arkansas grew by 11.2% from 8.23% to 9.15%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Arkansas 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. 28.8% prevalence
  2. 27.1% prevalence
  3. 21.2% prevalence

Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 28.8%.

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

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