West Memphis, AR

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2019 Population
24,823
0.744% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
33.3
0% 1-year change
2019 Poverty Rate
26.3%
5.51% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$33,103
4.55% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$86,800
2.6% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
9,901
3.3% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, West Memphis, AR had a population of 24.8k people with a median age of 33.3 and a median household income of $33,103. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of West Memphis, AR declined from 25,009 to 24,823, a −0.744% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,662 to $33,103, a 4.55% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Memphis, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (57.8%), White (Non-Hispanic) (35.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.52%), White (Hispanic) (0.939%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.5%). 0% of the households in West Memphis, AR speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.1% of the residents in West Memphis, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Memphis, AR are Arkansas State University Mid-South (567 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in West Memphis, AR was $86,800, and the homeownership rate was 48.7%. Most people in West Memphis, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 17.8 minutes. The average car ownership in West Memphis, AR was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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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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Diversity

West Memphis, AR is home to a population of 24.8k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 2.96% of West Memphis, AR residents were born outside of the country (734 people).

In 2019, there were 1.63 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.3k people) in West Memphis, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.12k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Memphis, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    14.3k ± 577
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.8k ± 428
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.12k ± 442
1.47%
Hispanic Population
366 people

In 2019, there were 1.63 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (14.3k people) in West Memphis, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.8k White (Non-Hispanic) and 1.12k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.47% of the people in West Memphis, AR are hispanic (366 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.96%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
734 people
1.18%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
296 people

As of 2019, 2.96% of West Memphis, AR residents (734 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 West Memphis, AR was 1.18%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.2
32
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 10.5

In 2019, the median age of all people in West Memphis, AR was 33.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in West Memphis, AR are getting staying the same age. In 2018, the average age of all West Memphis, AR residents was 33.

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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

99.1%
2019 Citizenship
99.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.1% of West Memphis, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in West Memphis, AR was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    325 ± 115
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    140 ± 68
  3. Korea
    87 ± 60

West Memphis, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in West Memphis, AR is $33,103. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in West Memphis, AR was Census Tract 302.02 with a value of $65,705, followed by Census Tract 303.01 and Census Tract 302.01, with respective values of $38,824 and $34,365.

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 West Memphis, AR employs 9.9k people. The largest industries in West Memphis, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,643 people), Retail Trade (1,407 people), and Manufacturing (1,148 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,667), Educational Services ($41,595), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,878).

Wages

Median Household Income

$33,103
2019 value
± $1,661
4.55%
1 Year Growth
± 6.58%

Households in West Memphis, AR have a median annual income of $33,103, 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 $31,662 in 2018, which represents a 4.55% 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 West Memphis, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 302.02
  2. Census Tract 303.01
  3. Census Tract 302.01

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Memphis, AR was Census Tract 302.02 with a value of $65,705, followed by Census Tract 303.01 and Census Tract 302.01, with respective values of $38,824 and $34,365.

The following map shows all of the places in West Memphis, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males < 5
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Memphis, AR (6.37k out of 24.2k 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 Males < 5, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females < 5.

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
    4,989 ± 500
  2. White
    939 ± 244
  3. Two Or More
    409 ± 223

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

9.9k
2019 Value
± 689
3.3%
1 Year growth
± 9.65%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in West Memphis, AR grew at a rate of 3.3%, from 9.59k employees to 9.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Memphis, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,108 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,024 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (880 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Memphis, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of West Memphis, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,108 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,024 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (880 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Memphis, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.96 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.94 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.9 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of West Memphis, AR, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($71,276), Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($60,533), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,281).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.9k
2019 Value
± 689
3.3%
1 Year growth
± 9.65%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in West Memphis, AR grew at a rate of 3.3%, from 9.59k employees to 9.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Memphis, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,643 people), Retail Trade (1,407 people), and Manufacturing (1,148 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Memphis, AR, though some of these residents may live in West Memphis, 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 West Memphis, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,643 people), Retail Trade (1,407 people), and Manufacturing (1,148 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, West Memphis, AR has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.24 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.4 times), and Retail Trade (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in West Memphis, AR, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,667), Educational Services ($41,595), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($40,878).

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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 Crittenden County, AR went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 52.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (43.7%), followed by Other (3.62%). 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.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Crittenden County, AR
52.7% for the Democratic 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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Education

In 2019, universities in West Memphis, AR awarded 567 degrees. The student population of West Memphis, AR is skewed towards women, with 516 male students and 814 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Memphis, AR are Black or African American (333 and 59%), followed by White (200 and 35.5%), Hispanic or Latino (24 and 4.26%), and Asian (4 and 0.709%).

The largest universities in West Memphis, AR by number of degrees awarded are Arkansas State University Mid-South (567 and 100%).

The most popular majors in West Memphis, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (146 and 25.7%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (78 and 13.8%), and Welding Technology (58 and 10.2%).

The median tuition costs in West Memphis, 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. 78 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 58 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 31 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in West Memphis, AR was Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant with 78 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
567 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the West Memphis, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Arkansas State University Mid-South with 567 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

207
Degrees Awarded to Men
360
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 207 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Memphis, AR, which is 0.575 times less than the 360 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in West Memphis, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    333 degrees awarded
  2. White
    200 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    24 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in West Memphis, AR was Black or African American students. These 333 degrees mean that there were 1.67 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 200 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in West Memphis, AR was $86,800 in 2019, which is 0.361 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $84,600 to $86,800, a 2.6% increase. The homeownership rate in West Memphis, AR is 48.7%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in West Memphis, AR have an average commute time of 17.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Memphis, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$86,800
2019 Median
± $5,324
$84,600
2018 Median
± $4,484

In 2019, the median property value in West Memphis, AR grew to to $86,800 from the previous year's value of $84,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in West Memphis, 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 West Memphis, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$33,103
Median Household Income
± $1,661
9.94k
Number of Households
± 666

In 2019, the median household income of the 9.94k households in West Memphis, AR grew to $33,103 from the previous year's value of $31,662.

The following chart displays the households in West Memphis, 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 $15k - $20k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

48.7%
2019 Homeownership
49.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 48.7% of the housing units in West Memphis, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 49.6%.

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

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Commute Time

17.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Memphis, AR have a shorter commute time (17.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.14% of the workforce in West Memphis, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82.4%)
  2. Carpooled (11.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.16%)

In 2019, 82.4% of workers in West Memphis, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.5%) and those who worked at home (2.16%).

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

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Health

91% of the population of West Memphis, AR has health coverage, with 32.1% on employee plans, 39.4% on Medicaid, 9.95% on Medicare, 8.7% on non-group plans, and 0.86% 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 Crittenden County, AR see 3223 patients per year on average, which represents a 12.4% increase from the previous year (2868 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1547 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 444 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

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3,223 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Crittenden County, AR

Primary care physicians in Crittenden County, AR see an average of 3,223 patients per year. This represents a 12.4% increase from the previous year (2,868 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Crittenden 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

9.03%
Uninsured
32.1%
Employer Coverage
39.4%
Medicaid
9.95%
Medicare
8.7%
Non-Group
0.86%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Memphis, AR declined by 7.63% from 9.78% to 9.03%.

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