Independence County, AR

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2022 Population
37,910
0.302% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
39.1
0.761% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
19.3%
9.47% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$52,361
4.66% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$111,300
11.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
16,037
0.859% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Independence County, AR had a population of 37.9k people with a median age of 39.1 and a median household income of $52,361. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Independence County, AR grew from 37,796 to 37,910, a 0.302% increase and its median household income grew from $50,028 to $52,361, a 4.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Independence County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.51%), Other (Hispanic) (3.34%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.88%), and White (Hispanic) (1.76%).

None of the households in Independence County, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.9% of the residents in Independence County, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Independence County, AR are University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (770 degrees awarded in 2022) and Lyon College (181 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Independence County, AR was $111,300, and the homeownership rate was 69.4%.

Most people in Independence County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Independence County, AR was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Independence County, AR is home to a population of 37.9k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.18% of Independence County, AR residents were born outside of the country (1.2k people).

In 2022, there were 18.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.2k people) in Independence County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.9%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.9% of Independence County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Independence County, AR was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Independence County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    32.2k ± 560
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.71k ± 579
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    1.27k ± 248
7.11%
Hispanic Population
2.7k people

In 2022, there were 18.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (32.2k people) in Independence County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.71k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.27k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.11% of the people in Independence County, AR are hispanic (2.7k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,018 ± 6,050 people
  2. El Salvador
    15,360 ± 3,035 people
  3. India
    9,985 ± 2,449 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,018 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 15,360 and India with 9,985.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.18%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.2k people
3.38%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.28k people

As of 2022, 3.18% of Independence County, AR residents (1.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Independence County, AR was 3.38%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    771 ± 183
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    447 ± 163
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    415 ± 203

Independence County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Independence County, AR employs 16k people. The largest industries in Independence County, AR are Manufacturing (3,294 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,400 people), and Retail Trade (1,683 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($112,854), Finance & Insurance ($45,396), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,360).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

16k
2022 Value
± 1,074
−0.859%
1 Year decline
± 9.41%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Independence County, AR declined at a rate of −0.859%, from 16.2k employees to 16k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Independence County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,792 people), Production Occupations (1,606 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,418 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Independence County, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

16k
2022 Value
± 1,074
−0.859%
1 Year decline
± 9.41%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Independence County, AR declined at a rate of −0.859%, from 16.2k employees to 16k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Independence County, AR, are Manufacturing (3,294 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,400 people), and Retail Trade (1,683 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Independence County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Independence County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$38,398
Median earning men ± $3,125
$30,788
Median earning women ± $1,866

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($84,412), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($65,000), and Information ($58,430).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($50,667), Construction ($36,875), and Public Administration ($36,528).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

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

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 338
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 198
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 195
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Independence County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 77.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (19.3%), followed by Other (2.13%).

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.

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.

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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 2022, universities in Independence County, AR awarded 951 degrees. The student population of Independence County, AR in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 638 male students and 866 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Independence County, AR are White (731 and 79.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (78 and 8.47%), Two or More Races (45 and 4.89%), and Unknown (45 and 4.89%).

The largest universities in Independence County, AR by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (770 and 81%) and Lyon College (181 and 19%).

The most popular majors in Independence County, AR are General Health Services (267 and 28.1%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (124 and 13%), and Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (66 and 6.94%).

The median tuition cost in Independence County, AR for private four year colleges is $29,900.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Independence County, AR, the percentage of applicants admitted was 59.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,504 (42.4% men and 57.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,504 students enrolled in Independence County, AR, 42.4% men and 57.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,077 records, of which 61.4% were women and 38.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 119 degrees awarded
  2. 66 degrees awarded
  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Independence County, AR was General Health Services with 119 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Independence County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 770 degrees awarded
  2. 181 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville with 770 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 371 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Independence County, AR, which is 0.64 times less than the 580 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 731 degrees mean that there were 9.37 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 78 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($29,900) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,500) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Independence County, AR was $111,300 in 2022, which is 0.395 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $100,100 to $111,300, a 11.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Independence County, AR is 69.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Independence County, AR have an average commute time of 19.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Independence County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Independence County, AR is $52,361. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Independence County, AR was Census Tract 4905 with a value of $71,300, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4902, with respective values of $57,733 and $52,418.

In 2022, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Independence County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.551%.

Property

$111,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,887
$10,006
Median Property Taxes
±$799

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Independence County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

69.4%
Homeownership
2022
62.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 69.4% of the housing units in Independence County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4905
  2. Census Tract 4903
  3. Census Tract 4902

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Independence County, AR was Census Tract 4905 with a value of $71,300, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4902, with respective values of $57,733 and $52,418.

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

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Household Income

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$52,361
Median Household Income
± $4,661
14.4k
Number of Households
± 962

In 2022, the median household income of the 14.4k households in Independence County, AR grew to $52,361 from the previous year's value of $50,028.

The following chart displays the households in Independence 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Independence County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (82.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.42%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.23%)

In 2022, 82.7% of workers in Independence County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.42%) and those who worked at home (4.23%).

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Commute Time

19.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Independence County, AR have a shorter commute time (19.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.75% of the workforce in Independence County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 12.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Independence County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.551%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Independence County, AR (7.12k out of 36.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 55 - 64.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 19% of the children was living in poverty in Independence County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 496 in Independence County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 27.5 per 100,000 population.

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Health

89.9% of the population of Independence County, AR has health coverage, with 37.1% on employee plans, 26.6% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 1.63% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Independence County, AR see 1576 patients per year on average, which represents a 21.3% increase from the previous year (1299 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2221 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 547 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,576 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Independence County, AR

Primary care physicians in Independence County, AR see an average of 1,576 patients per year. This represents a 21.3% increase from the previous year (1,299 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.7% under 18 years, 19% between 18 and 34 years, 38.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.5% were men and 50.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.1%
Uninsured
37.1%
Employer Coverage
26.6%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
10.5%
Non-Group
1.63%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Independence County, AR grew by 9.34% from 9.22% to 10.1%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 63 in Independence County, AR.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.1% in Independence County, AR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10% in Independence County, AR.

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