Lafayette County, AR

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2019 Population
6,800
1.66% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
47
1.51% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
25.9%
16.6% 1-year increase
2019 Median Household Income
$32,397
0.0463% 1-year decline
2019 Median Property Value
$64,600
2.05% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
2,511
4.52% 1-year decline

About

In 2019, Lafayette County, AR had a population of 6.8k people with a median age of 47 and a median household income of $32,397. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Lafayette County, AR declined from 6,915 to 6,800, a −1.66% decrease and its median household income declined from $32,412 to $32,397, a −0.0463% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (35.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.62%), White (Hispanic) (1.37%), and Other (Hispanic) (1.07%). 0% of the households in Lafayette County, AR speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.7% of the residents in Lafayette County, AR are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Lafayette County, AR was $64,600, and the homeownership rate was 79.1%. Most people in Lafayette County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette County, AR 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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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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

Lafayette County, AR is home to a population of 6.8k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2019, 4.71% of Lafayette County, AR residents were born outside of the country (320 people).

In 2019, there were 1.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.98k people) in Lafayette County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.43k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 110 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.98k ± 55
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.43k ± 80
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    110 ± 69.1
2.68%
Hispanic Population
182 people

In 2019, there were 1.64 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.98k people) in Lafayette County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.43k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 110 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.68% of the people in Lafayette County, AR are hispanic (182 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.71%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
320 people
1.78%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
123 people

As of 2019, 4.71% of Lafayette County, AR residents (320 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 Lafayette County, AR was 1.78%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

47
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
34
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 16.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Lafayette County, AR was 47. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Lafayette County, AR are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Lafayette County, AR residents was 46.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    60,028 ± 5,955 people
  2. El Salvador
    14,906 ± 2,990 people
  3. India
    8,724 ± 2,290 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 60,028 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,906 and India with 8,724.

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Citizenship

98.7%
2019 Citizenship
98.7%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.7% of Lafayette County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette County, AR was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    229 ± 73
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    37 ± 31
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    34 ± 27

Lafayette County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 6.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Lafayette County, AR is $32,397. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lafayette County, AR was Census Tract 4701 with a value of $35,136, followed by Census Tract 4702 and N/A, with respective values of $30,304 and N/A.

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,995. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.451, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lafayette County, AR employs 2.51k people. The largest industries in Lafayette County, AR are Manufacturing (392 people), Retail Trade (328 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (327 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,326), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,313), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($55,188).

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,397
2019 value
± $2,886
−0.0463%
1 Year Growth
± 13.2%

Households in Lafayette County, AR have a median annual income of $32,397, 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 $32,412 in 2018, which represents a −0.0463% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$56,854
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $1,935
$41,995
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

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  1. Asian
    $56,874 ± $11,128
  2. White
    $46,626 ± $1,304
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $42,148 ± $38,775

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Arkansas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.452
2018 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2019, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.451 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.384% 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)
  1. Census Tract 4701
  2. Census Tract 4702
  3. N/A

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette County, AR was Census Tract 4701 with a value of $35,136, followed by Census Tract 4702 and N/A, with respective values of $30,304 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette County, AR (1.72k out of 6.64k 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 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Females 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. Black
    1,030 ± 143
  2. White
    629 ± 135
  3. Two Or More
    62 ± 84

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette County, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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

2.51k
2019 Value
± 252
−4.52%
1 Year decline
± 14.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Lafayette County, AR declined at a rate of −4.52%, from 2.63k employees to 2.51k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (298 people), Management Occupations (278 people), and Production Occupations (264 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (298 people), Management Occupations (278 people), and Production Occupations (264 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (7.41 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.86 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, AR, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($64,531), Management Occupations ($60,056), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($56,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.51k
2019 Value
± 252
−4.52%
1 Year decline
± 14.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Lafayette County, AR declined at a rate of −4.52%, from 2.63k employees to 2.51k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette County, AR, are Manufacturing (392 people), Retail Trade (328 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (327 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette 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 Lafayette County, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (392 people), Retail Trade (328 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (327 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lafayette County, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (8.06 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (5.01 times), and Public Administration (1.65 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lafayette County, AR, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($75,326), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,313), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($55,188).

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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 Lafayette County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 61.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (36.1%), followed by Other (2.45%). 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Lafayette County, AR
61.5% 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

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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.

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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette County, AR was $64,600 in 2019, which is 0.269 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $63,300 to $64,600, a 2.05% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette County, AR is 79.1%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Lafayette County, AR have an average commute time of 24.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lafayette County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$64,600
2019 Median
± $5,354
$63,300
2018 Median
± $8,627

In 2019, the median property value in Lafayette County, AR grew to to $64,600 from the previous year's value of $63,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lafayette 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 Lafayette County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $80k - $90k range.

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Household Income

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$32,397
Median Household Income
± $2,886
2.78k
Number of Households
± 250

In 2019, the median household income of the 2.78k households in Lafayette County, AR declined from $32,397 from the previous year's value of $32,412.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

79.1%
2019 Homeownership
76.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 79.1% of the housing units in Lafayette County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.6%.

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

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Commute Time

24.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette County, AR have a shorter commute time (24.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.64% of the workforce in Lafayette County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (81.3%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.14%)

In 2019, 81.3% of workers in Lafayette County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (5.14%).

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 Lafayette County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette County, AR have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

91.8% of the population of Lafayette County, AR has health coverage, with 26.2% on employee plans, 29.3% on Medicaid, 17.4% on Medicare, 18% on non-group plans, and 1.02% 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).

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%)

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

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$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

8.16%
Uninsured
26.2%
Employer Coverage
29.3%
Medicaid
17.4%
Medicare
18%
Non-Group
1.02%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette County, AR declined by 18% from 9.95% to 8.16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafayette 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. 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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