Mena, AR

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Population

5,612

1.09% decline

Median Age

40.9


Median Household Income

$28,230

4.21% decline

Poverty Rate

36.1%


Number of Employees

1,931

2.82% decline

Median Property Value

$82,500

3.9% growth

About

In 2017, Mena, AR had a population of 5.61k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $28,230. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mena, AR declined from 5,674 to 5,612, a -1.09% decrease and its median household income declined from $29,471 to $28,230, a -4.21% decrease.

The population of Mena, AR is 92.4% White Alone, 2.82% Two or More Races, and 2.05% Hispanic or Latino. 0.698% of the people in Mena, AR speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mena, AR are University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain (262 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Mena, AR is $82,500, and the homeownership rate is 65%. Most people in Mena, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Mena, AR is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Mena, AR employs 1.93k people. The largest industries in Mena, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (469 people), Retail Trade (374 people), and Manufacturing (240 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($61,111), Public Administration ($34,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($34,022).

Median household income in Mena, AR is $28,230. Males in Mena, 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 Mena, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$28,230

2017 value

± $3,663

-4.21%

1 Year Growth

± 23%

Households in Mena, AR have a median annual income of $28,230, 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 $29,471 in 2016, which represents a -4.21% 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 Mena, 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 Mena, 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 Mena, 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9502

  2. Census Tract 9504

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mena, AR was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $34,331, followed by Census Tract 9504 and N/A, with respective values of $30,262 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

36.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mena, AR (1.97k out of 5.45k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 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

    1,795 ± 311

  2. Two Or More

    98 ± 100

  3. Hispanic

    73 ± 94

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mena, AR is White, followed by Two Or More 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

1.93k

2017 Value

± 293

-2.82%

1 Year decline

± 22.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mena, AR declined at a rate of -2.82%, from 1.99k employees to 1.93k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mena, AR, are Sales & Related Occupations (292 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (210 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (188 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mena, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mena, AR, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (292 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (210 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (188 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Mena, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.53 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (2.42 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.96 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mena, AR, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($88,393), Community & Social Service Occupations ($72,969), and Education, Legal, Community Service, Arts, & Media Occupations ($40,900).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.93k

2017 Value

± 293

-2.82%

1 Year decline

± 22.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mena, AR declined at a rate of -2.82%, from 1.99k employees to 1.93k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mena, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (469 people), Retail Trade (374 people), and Manufacturing (240 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mena, AR, though some of these residents may live in Mena, 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 Mena, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (469 people), Retail Trade (374 people), and Manufacturing (240 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Mena, AR has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.92 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.76 times), and Construction (1.79 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mena, AR, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($61,111), Public Administration ($34,375), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($34,022).

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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

82.6% of the population of Mena, AR has health coverage, with 17.9% on employee plans, 32.3% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 2.72% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mena, 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).

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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

17.4%

Uninsured

17.9%

Employer Coverage

32.3%

Medicaid

15.1%

Medicare

14.6%

Non-Group

2.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mena, AR declined by 3.45% from 18% to 17.4%.

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

Mena, AR is home to a population of 5.61k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.19% of Mena, AR residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Mena, AR is composed of 5.19k White Alone residents (92.4%), 158 Two or More Races residents (2.82%), 115 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.05%), 68 Asian Alone residents (1.21%), 51 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.909%), 18 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.321%), 16 Black or African American Alone residents (0.285%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Mena, AR are German (30 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (8 speakers), and French Creole (0 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.8

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 22.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mena, AR was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Mena, AR are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Mena, AR residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.19%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.45%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 2.19% of Mena, 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 Mena, AR was 2.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

97.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Mena, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mena, AR was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.19k ± 179

  2. Two or More Races

    158 ± 122

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    115 ± 99.3

In 2017, there were 32.8 times more White Alone residents (5.19k people) in Mena, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 158 Two or More Races and 115 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 Mena, AR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. German

    30 speakers (0.551%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    8 speakers (0.147%)

  3. French Creole

    0 speakers (0%)

0.698% of Mena, 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 Mena, AR was German. 0.551% of the overall population of Mena, AR are native German speakers. 0.147% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0% speak German, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    225 ± 86

  2. Korea

    36 ± 37

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    34 ± 32

Mena, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 6.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Mena, AR awarded 262 degrees. The student population of Mena, AR is skewed towards women, with 271 male students and 603 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mena, AR are White (235 and 90.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (9 and 3.46%), Asian (5 and 1.92%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (5 and 1.92%).

The largest universities in Mena, AR by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain (262 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Mena, AR are Health Information & Medical Records Technology (27 and 10.3%), Tool & Die Technology (26 and 9.92%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (26 and 9.92%).

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

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 23 degrees awarded

  2. 21 degrees awarded

  3. 20 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Mena, AR was General Studies with 23 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

262 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Mena, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain with 262 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

81

Degrees Awarded to Men

181

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 81 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mena, AR, which is 0.448 times less than the 181 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

    235 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    5 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mena, AR were to White students. These 235 degrees mean that there were 26.1 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mena, AR was $82,500 in 2017, which is 0.379 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $79,400 to $82,500, a 3.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Mena, AR is 65%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mena, AR have an average commute time of 13.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mena, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$28,230

Median Household Income

± $3,663

2.28k

Number of Households

± 317

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.28k households in Mena, AR declined from $28,230 from the previous year's value of $29,471.

The following chart displays the households in Mena, 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 - $15k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$82,500

2017 Median

± $7,958

$79,400

2016 Median

± $9,823

In 2017, the median property value in Mena, AR grew to to $82,500 from the previous year's value of $79,400.

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

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Rent vs Own

65%

2017 Homeownership

66.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 65% of the housing units in Mena, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.9%.

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

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Commute Time

13.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mena, AR have a shorter commute time (13.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.16% of the workforce in Mena, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.4%

  2. Carpooled

    19.9%

  3. Walked

    2.65%

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

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