Jonesboro, AR

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Population

128,344

1.05% growth

Median Age

35


Median Household Income

$43,649

4.22% growth

Poverty Rate

18.9%


Number of Employees

57,708

2.63% growth

Median Property Value

$120,200

3.09% growth

About

In 2017, Jonesboro, AR had a population of 128k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $43,649. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Jonesboro, AR grew from 127,015 to 128,344, a 1.05% increase and its median household income grew from $41,883 to $43,649, a 4.22% increase.

The population of Jonesboro, AR is 79.2% White Alone, 11.9% Black or African American Alone, and 4.5% Hispanic or Latino. 4.62% of the people in Jonesboro, AR speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jonesboro, AR are Arkansas State University-Main Campus (4,039 degrees awarded in 2016) and Arthur's Beauty College-Jonesboro (32 degrees).

The median property value in Jonesboro, AR is $120,200, and the homeownership rate is 59.6%. Most people in Jonesboro, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Jonesboro, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Jonesboro, AR employs 57.7k people. The largest industries in Jonesboro, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,907 people), Manufacturing (8,849 people), and Retail Trade (7,053 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,694), Wholesale Trade ($42,442), and Utilities ($41,983).

Median household income in Jonesboro, AR is $43,649. Males in Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,649

2017 value

± $1,523

4.22%

1 Year Growth

± 3.93%

Households in Jonesboro, AR have a median annual income of $43,649, 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 $41,883 in 2016, which represents a 4.22% 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 Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, 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)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jonesboro, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $63,746, followed by Saline County, AR and Pulaski County, AR, with respective values of $59,633 and $52,450.

The following map shows all of the counties in Jonesboro, 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

18.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jonesboro, AR (23.3k out of 124k 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 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    15,441 ± 896

  2. Black

    5,367 ± 595

  3. Hispanic

    2,070 ± 297

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

57.7k

2017 Value

± 1,746

2.63%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jonesboro, AR grew at a rate of 2.63%, from 56.2k employees to 57.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jonesboro, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,669 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,165 people), and Production Occupations (5,555 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jonesboro, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jonesboro, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,669 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,165 people), and Production Occupations (5,555 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Jonesboro, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.86 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.66 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jonesboro, AR, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,779), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,351), and Legal Occupations ($55,625).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

57.7k

2017 Value

± 1,746

2.63%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jonesboro, AR grew at a rate of 2.63%, from 56.2k employees to 57.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jonesboro, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,907 people), Manufacturing (8,849 people), and Retail Trade (7,053 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jonesboro, AR, though some of these residents may live in Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,907 people), Manufacturing (8,849 people), and Retail Trade (7,053 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Jonesboro, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.54 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.51 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.24 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jonesboro, AR, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,694), Wholesale Trade ($42,442), and Utilities ($41,983).

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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

88.8% of the population of Jonesboro, AR has health coverage, with 37.6% on employee plans, 25.4% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 2.1% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Jonesboro, AR see 1522 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.588% decrease from the previous year (1531 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2218 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 488 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

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1,522 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,522 patients per year. This represents a 0.588% decrease from the previous year (1,531 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 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

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%).

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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

11.2%

Uninsured

37.6%

Employer Coverage

25.4%

Medicaid

11.1%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

2.1%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jonesboro, AR declined by 18% from 13.7% to 11.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Jonesboro, 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

Jonesboro, AR is home to a population of 128k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.53% of Jonesboro, AR residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Jonesboro, AR is composed of 102k White Alone residents (79.2%), 15.3k Black or African American Alone residents (11.9%), 5.78k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.5%), 3.9k Two or More Races residents (3.04%), 1.21k Asian Alone residents (0.94%), 247 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.192%), 154 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.12%), and 114 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0888%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Jonesboro, AR are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,559 speakers), Chinese (201 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (170 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.1

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Jonesboro, AR was 35. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Jonesboro, AR are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Jonesboro, AR residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.53%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.25%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.53% of Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, AR was 3.25%, 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 Jonesboro, AR was Mexico, the natal country of 62,950 Jonesboro, AR residents, followed by El Salvador with 12,524 and India with 8,219.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Jonesboro, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Jonesboro, AR was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    102k ± 88

  2. Black or African American Alone

    15.3k ± 615

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    5.78k ± 762

In 2017, there were 6.66 times more White Alone residents (102k people) in Jonesboro, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 15.3k Black or African American Alone and 5.78k 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 Jonesboro, AR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,559 speakers (3.04%)

  2. Chinese

    201 speakers (0.172%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    170 speakers (0.145%)

4.62% of Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, AR was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 3.04% of the overall population of Jonesboro, AR are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.172% speak Chinese and 0.145% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,755 ± 275

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,162 ± 277

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    912 ± 247

Jonesboro, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Jonesboro, AR awarded 4,071 degrees. The student population of Jonesboro, AR is skewed towards women, with 5,626 male students and 8,530 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jonesboro, AR are White (3,062 and 79.6%), followed by Black or African American (536 and 13.9%), Hispanic or Latino (89 and 2.31%), and Two or More Races (56 and 1.46%).

The largest universities in Jonesboro, AR by number of degrees awarded are Arkansas State University-Main Campus (4,039 and 99.2%) and Arthur's Beauty College-Jonesboro (32 and 0.786%).

The most popular majors in Jonesboro, AR are Elementary & Middle School Administration (641 and 15.7%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (337 and 8.28%), and Curriculum & Instruction (302 and 7.42%).

The median tuition costs in Jonesboro, AR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,060 and $12,120 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 203 degrees awarded

  2. 123 degrees awarded

  3. 119 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jonesboro, AR was General Studies with 203 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,039 degrees awarded

  2. 32 degrees awarded

$6,060

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Jonesboro, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Arkansas State University-Main Campus with 4,039 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,420

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,651

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,420 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jonesboro, AR, which is 0.536 times less than the 2,651 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,062 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    536 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    89 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jonesboro, AR were to White students. These 3,062 degrees mean that there were 5.71 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 536 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jonesboro, AR was $120,200 in 2017, which is 0.552 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $116,600 to $120,200, a 3.09% increase. The homeownership rate in Jonesboro, AR is 59.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jonesboro, AR have an average commute time of 18.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jonesboro, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,649

Median Household Income

± $1,523

49.3k

Number of Households

± 1,549

In 2017, the median household income of the 49.3k households in Jonesboro, AR grew to $43,649 from the previous year's value of $41,883.

The following chart displays the households in Jonesboro, 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$120,200

2017 Median

± $3,328

$116,600

2016 Median

± $3,503

In 2017, the median property value in Jonesboro, AR grew to to $120,200 from the previous year's value of $116,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, 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 Jonesboro, AR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Jonesboro, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.6%

2017 Homeownership

59.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59.6% of the housing units in Jonesboro, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 59.6%.

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

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Commute Time

18.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jonesboro, AR have a shorter commute time (18.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.37% of the workforce in Jonesboro, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.3%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.36%

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

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