Paragould, AR

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Population

44,197

1.03% growth

Median Age

37.7


Median Household Income

$45,566

6.57% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

19,093

4.38% growth

Median Property Value

$110,400

4.84% growth

About

In 2017, Paragould, AR had a population of 44.2k people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $45,566. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Paragould, AR grew from 43,745 to 44,197, a 1.03% increase and its median household income grew from $42,755 to $45,566, a 6.57% increase.

The population of Paragould, AR is 93.9% White Alone, 2.72% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.57% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Paragould, AR speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Paragould, AR are Crowley's Ridge College (35 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Paragould, AR is $110,400, and the homeownership rate is 67.3%. Most people in Paragould, AR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Paragould, AR is 2 cars per household.

Paragould, AR borders Jonesboro, AR and Kennett, MO.

Economy

The economy of Paragould, AR employs 19.1k people. The largest industries in Paragould, AR are Manufacturing (4,226 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,257 people), and Retail Trade (2,403 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($53,250), Finance & Insurance ($50,475), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,633).

Median household income in Paragould, AR is $45,566. Males in Paragould, 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 Paragould, AR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,566

2017 value

± $3,644

6.57%

1 Year Growth

± 9.72%

Households in Paragould, AR have a median annual income of $45,566, 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 $42,755 in 2016, which represents a 6.57% 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Paragould, 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 Paragould, 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.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Paragould, AR (6.88k out of 43.3k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    6,603 ± 582

  2. Two Or More

    144 ± 168

  3. Hispanic

    91 ± 128

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

19.1k

2017 Value

± 1,020

4.38%

1 Year growth

± 7.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Paragould, AR grew at a rate of 4.38%, from 18.3k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Paragould, AR, are Production Occupations (2,978 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,412 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,951 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Paragould, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Paragould, AR, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (2,978 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,412 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,951 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Paragould, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.69 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.78 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.58 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Paragould, AR, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($54,423), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($52,996), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($51,884).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

19.1k

2017 Value

± 1,020

4.38%

1 Year growth

± 7.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Paragould, AR grew at a rate of 4.38%, from 18.3k employees to 19.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Paragould, AR, are Manufacturing (4,226 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,257 people), and Retail Trade (2,403 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Paragould, AR, though some of these residents may live in Paragould, 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 Paragould, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (4,226 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,257 people), and Retail Trade (2,403 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Paragould, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.19 times), and Utilities (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Paragould, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($53,250), Finance & Insurance ($50,475), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($48,633).

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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 ($17.5B) and Mixed freight ($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

91% of the population of Paragould, AR has health coverage, with 41.7% on employee plans, 21.6% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 12.9% on non-group plans, and 2.64% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Paragould, 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

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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

8.99%

Uninsured

41.7%

Employer Coverage

21.6%

Medicaid

12.2%

Medicare

12.9%

Non-Group

2.64%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Paragould, AR declined by 24.1% from 11.8% to 8.99%.

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

Paragould, AR is home to a population of 44.2k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.726% of Paragould, AR residents were born outside of the country (321 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Paragould, AR is composed of 41.5k White Alone residents (93.9%), 1.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.72%), 692 Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 461 Black or African American Alone residents (1.04%), 145 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.328%), 126 Asian Alone residents (0.285%), 46 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.104%), and 38 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.086%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Paragould, AR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

30

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Paragould, AR was 37.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 30. But people in Paragould, AR are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Paragould, AR residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.726%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

321 people

0.77%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

337 people

As of 2017, 0.726% of Paragould, AR residents (321 people) 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 Paragould, AR was 0.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Paragould, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Paragould, AR was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    41.5k ± 45

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.2k ± 240

  3. Two or More Races

    692 ± 223

In 2017, there were 34.5 times more White Alone residents (41.5k people) in Paragould, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.2k Hispanic or Latino and 692 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Paragould, AR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Paragould, AR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Paragould, AR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Paragould, AR are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,134 ± 199

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    525 ± 185

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    403 ± 170

Paragould, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Paragould, AR awarded 35 degrees. The student population of Paragould, AR is skewed towards men, with 130 male students and 104 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Paragould, AR are White (33 and 94.3%), followed by Black or African American (1 and 2.86%), Hispanic or Latino (1 and 2.86%), and Asian (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Paragould, AR by number of degrees awarded are Crowley's Ridge College (35 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Paragould, AR are Religious Studies (9 and 25.7%), General Business Administration & Management (7 and 20%), and Elementary Education & Teaching (6 and 17.1%).

The median tuition costs in Paragould, AR are $10,500 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Paragould, AR was General Business Administration & Management with 7 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

35 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$10,500

Median Private

In 2016, the Paragould, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Crowley's Ridge College with 35 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

15

Degrees Awarded to Men

20

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 15 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Paragould, AR, which is 0.75 times less than the 20 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

    33 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Paragould, AR were to White students. These 33 degrees mean that there were 33 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Paragould, AR was $110,400 in 2017, which is 0.507 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $105,300 to $110,400, a 4.84% increase. The homeownership rate in Paragould, AR is 67.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Paragould, AR have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Paragould, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,566

Median Household Income

± $3,644

16.8k

Number of Households

± 922

In 2017, the median household income of the 16.8k households in Paragould, AR grew to $45,566 from the previous year's value of $42,755.

The following chart displays the households in Paragould, 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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Housing

Property Value

$110,400

2017 Median

± $4,417

$105,300

2016 Median

± $4,933

In 2017, the median property value in Paragould, AR grew to to $110,400 from the previous year's value of $105,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Paragould, 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 Paragould, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

67.3%

2017 Homeownership

66.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.3% of the housing units in Paragould, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Paragould, 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 Paragould, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Paragould, AR have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Paragould, AR have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.33% of the workforce in Paragould, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.9%

  2. Carpooled

    8.79%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.24%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Paragould, AR was Drove Alone (86.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.79%) and those who Worked At Home (2.24%).

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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