Union County, AR

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2020 Population
39,089
0.913% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
41.3
2.48% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
19.7%
3.12% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$45,293
1.41% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$89,700
3.7% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
15,928
2.17% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Union County, AR had a population of 39.1k people with a median age of 41.3 and a median household income of $45,293. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Union County, AR declined from 39,449 to 39,089, a −0.913% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,663 to $45,293, a 1.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Union County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (32.9%), White (Hispanic) (3.48%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.977%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.773%).

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

98.7% of the residents in Union County, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Union County, AR are South Arkansas Community College (788 degrees awarded in 2020) and Professional Cosmetology Education Center (17 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Union County, AR was $89,700, and the homeownership rate was 74.4%. Most people in Union County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Union County, AR was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Union County, AR is home to a population of 39.1k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.42% of Union County, AR residents were born outside of the country (946 people).

In 2020, there were 1.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Union County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.36k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Union County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    23.7k ± 41
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    12.9k ± 130
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.36k ± 164
4.02%
Hispanic Population
1.57k people

In 2020, there were 1.84 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (23.7k people) in Union County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.36k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

4.02% of the people in Union County, AR are hispanic (1.57k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.42%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
946 people
1.85%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
729 people

As of 2020, 2.42% of Union County, AR residents (946 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Union County, AR was 1.85%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
43
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2020, the median age of all people in Union County, AR was 41.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Union County, AR are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Union County, AR residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,610 ± 6,079 people
  2. El Salvador
    14,219 ± 2,921 people
  3. India
    8,923 ± 2,316 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,610 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,219 and India with 8,923.

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Citizenship

98.7%
2020 Citizenship
98.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.7% of Union County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Union 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
    849 ± 154
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    290 ± 144
  3. Korea
    178 ± 77

Union County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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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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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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Economy

Median household income in Union County, AR is $45,293. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Union County, AR was Census Tract 9508 with a value of $59,543, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $52,606 and $47,500.

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,744. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Union County, AR employs 15.9k people. The largest industries in Union County, AR are Manufacturing (2,761 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,650 people), and Retail Trade (1,876 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,813), Utilities ($64,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,333).

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,293
2020 value
± $3,346
1.41%
1 Year Growth
± 10.8%

Households in Union County, AR have a median annual income of $45,293, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,663 in 2019, which represents a 1.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$58,913
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $2,021
$43,744
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,472

In 2020, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $58,926 ± $11,306
  2. White
    $48,329 ± $1,369
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $44,900 ± $40,512

In 2020 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 Union County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2020, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 9508
  2. Census Tract 9506
  3. Census Tract 9503

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Union County, AR was Census Tract 9508 with a value of $59,543, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9503, with respective values of $52,606 and $47,500.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 6 - 11
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Union County, AR (7.62k out of 38.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    4,319 ± 541
  2. White
    2,949 ± 415
  3. Hispanic
    691 ± 202

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Union County, AR is Black, followed by White 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

15.9k
2020 Value
± 962
2.17%
1 Year growth
± 7.97%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Union County, AR grew at a rate of 2.17%, from 15.6k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Union County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,002 people), Production Occupations (1,609 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,433 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Union County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Union County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,002 people), Production Occupations (1,609 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,433 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Union County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.81 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.81 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Union County, AR, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($151,182), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($88,250), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,446).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.9k
2020 Value
± 962
2.17%
1 Year growth
± 7.97%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Union County, AR grew at a rate of 2.17%, from 15.6k employees to 15.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Union County, AR, are Manufacturing (2,761 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,650 people), and Retail Trade (1,876 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Union County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Union 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 Union County, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,761 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,650 people), and Retail Trade (1,876 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Union County, AR has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.3 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.84 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.76 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Union County, AR, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,813), Utilities ($64,875), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,333).

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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. $14.2B
  2. $13.7B
  3. $9.55B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $14.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($13.7B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($9.55B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

Showing data for Arkansas.
$144B
2020 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
87.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $144B. This is expected to increase 87.8% to $271B by 2050.

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. $11.8B
  2. $6.92B
  3. $5.91B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $11.8B, followed by Mississippi with $6.92B and Oklahoma and $5.91B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arkansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Union County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 63.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.6%), followed by Other (2.19%). The most partisan county was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Union County, AR
63.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Arkansas
  1. 83.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Arkansas was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% 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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Education

In 2020, universities in Union County, AR awarded 805 degrees. The student population of Union County, AR is skewed towards women, with 384 male students and 907 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Union County, AR are White (461 and 58.1%), followed by Black or African American (269 and 33.9%), Hispanic or Latino (49 and 6.17%), and Two or More Races (9 and 1.13%).

The largest universities in Union County, AR by number of degrees awarded are South Arkansas Community College (788 and 97.9%) and Professional Cosmetology Education Center (17 and 2.11%).

The most popular majors in Union County, AR are General Health Services (143 and 17.8%), Welding Technology (137 and 17%), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (84 and 10.4%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 143 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 57 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 53 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Union County, AR was General Health Services with 143 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 788 degrees awarded
  2. 17 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Union County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was South Arkansas Community College with 788 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

292
Degrees Awarded to Men
513
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 292 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Union County, AR, which is 0.569 times less than the 513 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Union County, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    461 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    269 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    49 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Union County, AR was White students. These 461 degrees mean that there were 1.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 269 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Union County, AR was $89,700 in 2020, which is 0.39 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $86,500 to $89,700, a 3.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Union County, AR is 74.4%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Union County, AR have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Union County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$89,700
2020 Median
± $6,899
$86,500
2019 Median
± $4,672

In 2020, the median property value in Union County, AR grew to to $89,700 from the previous year's value of $86,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Union 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 Union County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$45,293
Median Household Income
± $3,346
15.9k
Number of Households
± 909

In 2020, the median household income of the 15.9k households in Union County, AR grew to $45,293 from the previous year's value of $44,663.

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

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Rent vs Own

74.4%
2020 Homeownership
75.4%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 74.4% of the housing units in Union County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Union County, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Union County, AR have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.589% of the workforce in Union County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (88.2%)
  2. Carpooled (6.81%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.39%)

In 2020, 88.2% of workers in Union County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.81%) and those who worked at home (2.39%).

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

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Health

93.1% of the population of Union County, AR has health coverage, with 41.5% on employee plans, 22.5% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.16% 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).

Primary care physicians in Union County, AR see 1701 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.13% decrease from the previous year (1793 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2275 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 545 patients per year.

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%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,701 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Union County, AR

Primary care physicians in Union County, AR see an average of 1,701 patients per year. This represents a 5.13% decrease from the previous year (1,793 patients).

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

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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%).

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

6.93%
Uninsured
41.5%
Employer Coverage
22.5%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
13.8%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Union County, AR declined by 7.64% from 7.5% to 6.93%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Union 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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