Arkansas

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2020 Population
3.01M
0.417% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38.3
0.525% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
16.1%
5.66% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$49,475
3.95% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$133,600
4.54% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
1.24M
0.258% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Arkansas had a population of 3.01M people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $49,475. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Arkansas grew from 3M to 3.01M, a 0.417% increase and its median household income grew from $47,597 to $49,475, a 3.95% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (15.1%), White (Hispanic) (3.81%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.09%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.7%).

7.56% of the households in Arkansas 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.

96.7% of the residents in Arkansas are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arkansas are University of Arkansas (7,181 degrees awarded in 2020), Arkansas State University-Main Campus (4,750 degrees), and Arkansas Tech University (4,072 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Arkansas was $133,600, and the homeownership rate was 65.8%. Most people in Arkansas drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Arkansas was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Arkansas is home to a population of 3.01M people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.92% of Arkansas residents were born outside of the country (148k people).

In 2020, there were 4.73 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.16M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 455k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 115k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Arkansas are Spanish (153,429 households), Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages (7,792 households), and Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages (5,072 households).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.16M ± 3.06k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    455k ± 1.83k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    115k ± 2.96k
7.62%
Hispanic Population
230k people

In 2020, there were 4.73 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.16M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 455k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 115k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.62% of the people in Arkansas are hispanic (230k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Arkansas as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    153,429 households (5.43%)
  2. Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages
    7,792 households (0.276%)
  3. Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages
    5,072 households (0.18%)

7.56% of the households in Arkansas reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. 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.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Arkansas was Spanish. 5.43% of the households in Arkansas reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.92%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
148k people
4.84%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
145k people

As of 2020, 4.92% of Arkansas residents (148k 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 Arkansas was 4.84%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.5

In 2020, the median age of all people in Arkansas was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Arkansas are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Arkansas residents was 38.

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Global Diversity

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

96.7%
2020 Citizenship
96.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.7% of Arkansas residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Arkansas was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    67,492 ± 1,595
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    37,629 ± 1,724
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    30,108 ± 1,474

Arkansas has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

Hospitalization data for some states may be delayed or not reported.
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 Arkansas is $49,475. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $71,556, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,876 and $59,278.

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 Arkansas employs 1.24M people. The largest industries in Arkansas are Elementary & secondary schools (86,796 people), Construction (76,302 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (75,776 people), and the highest paying industries are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($167,983), Sugar & confectionery products ($116,750), and Management of companies & enterprises ($107,962).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,475
2020 value
± $431
3.95%
1 Year Growth
± 1.07%

Households in Arkansas have a median annual income of $49,475, 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 $47,597 in 2019, which represents a 3.95% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Arkansas compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$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

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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

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)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $71,556, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,876 and $59,278.

The following map shows all of the counties in Arkansas colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arkansas (470k out of 2.92M 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 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. White
    290,243 ± 4,164
  2. Black
    124,695 ± 2,988
  3. Hispanic
    50,515 ± 1,897

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

1.24M
2020 Value
0.258%
1 Year growth
± 0.258%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Arkansas grew at a rate of 0.258%, from 1.24M employees to 1.24M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arkansas, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (39,838 people), Registered nurses (33,748 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (32,634 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arkansas.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Arkansas, by number of employees, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (39,838 people), Registered nurses (33,748 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (32,634 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Arkansas has an unusually high number of residents working as Logging workers (5.11 times higher than expected), Boilermakers (4.98 times), and Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders (4.55 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Arkansas, by average salary, are Surgeons ($364,324), Physicians ($250,191), and Dentists ($226,251).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.24M
2020 Value
0.258%
1 Year growth
± 0.258%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Arkansas grew at a rate of 0.258%, from 1.24M employees to 1.24M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arkansas, are Elementary & secondary schools (86,796 people), Construction (76,302 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (75,776 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Arkansas, though some of these residents may live in Arkansas 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 Arkansas, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools (86,796 people), Construction (76,302 people), and Restaurants & Food Services (75,776 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Arkansas has an unusually high number of Animal slaughtering & processing (9.16 times higher than expected), Logging (6.61 times), and Animal food, grain & oilseed milling (4.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Arkansas, by average salary, are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($167,983), Sugar & confectionery products ($116,750), and Management of companies & enterprises ($107,962).

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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

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$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 Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 62.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%). 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

Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Arkansas
62.4% 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

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 Arkansas awarded 50,309 degrees. The student population of Arkansas is skewed towards women, with 59,999 male students and 91,584 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arkansas are White (35,196 and 72.1%), followed by Black or African American (7,051 and 14.5%), Hispanic or Latino (3,433 and 7.04%), and Two or More Races (1,465 and 3%).

The largest universities in Arkansas by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas (7,181 and 14.3%), Arkansas State University-Main Campus (4,750 and 9.44%), and Arkansas Tech University (4,072 and 8.09%).

The most popular majors in Arkansas are Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,894 and 7.74%), General Studies (3,643 and 7.24%), and Registered Nursing (2,807 and 5.58%).

The median tuition costs in Arkansas are $17,100 for private four year colleges, and $5,664 and $11,418 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,335 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 886 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 872 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arkansas was Registered Nursing with 1,335 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,181 degrees awarded
  2. 4,750 degrees awarded
  3. 4,072 degrees awarded
$5,664
Median In-State Public
$17,100
Median Private

In 2020, the Arkansas institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas with 7,181 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

19,708
Degrees Awarded to Men
30,601
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 19,708 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arkansas, which is 0.644 times less than the 30,601 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Arkansas by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    35,196 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    7,051 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,433 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Arkansas was White students. These 35,196 degrees mean that there were 4.99 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 7,051 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arkansas was $133,600 in 2020, which is 0.581 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $127,800 to $133,600, a 4.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Arkansas is 65.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Arkansas have an average commute time of 21.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Arkansas is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$133,600
2020 Median
± $1,009
$127,800
2019 Median
± $871

In 2020, the median property value in Arkansas grew to to $133,600 from the previous year's value of $127,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Arkansas 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 Arkansas the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k 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.
$49,475
Median Household Income
± $431
1.17M
Number of Households
± 8,473

In 2020, the median household income of the 1.17M households in Arkansas grew to $49,475 from the previous year's value of $47,597.

The following chart displays the households in Arkansas 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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

65.8%
2020 Homeownership
65.6%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 65.8% of the housing units in Arkansas were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.6%.

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

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Commute Time

21.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arkansas have a shorter commute time (21.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.63% of the workforce in Arkansas have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (82.3%)
  2. Carpooled (10.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.37%)

In 2020, 82.3% of workers in Arkansas drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.2%) and those who worked at home (4.37%).

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

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Health

91.7% of the population of Arkansas has health coverage, with 40.7% on employee plans, 22.8% on Medicaid, 12.9% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 2.24% 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 Arkansas see 1507 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 423 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

1,507 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,507 patients per year. This represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1,502 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 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

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Arkansas.
$7,408
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Arkansas
$3,906
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,108
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,479
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.32%
Uninsured
40.7%
Employer Coverage
22.8%
Medicaid
12.9%
Medicare
13.1%
Non-Group
2.24%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arkansas declined by 2.26% from 8.51% to 8.32%.

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