Arkansas

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2022 Population
3.02M
0.411% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.4
0.261% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
16.2%
1.36% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$56,335
8.08% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$162,400
14.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
1.22M
1.38% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Arkansas had a population of 3.02M people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $56,335. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Arkansas grew from 3.01M to 3.02M, a 0.411% increase and its median household income grew from $52,123 to $56,335, a 8.08% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas are White (Non-Hispanic) (69.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (15.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.64%), White (Hispanic) (2.97%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.74%).

7.77% 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.

96.8% of the residents in Arkansas are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Arkansas are University of Arkansas (7,274 degrees awarded in 2022), Arkansas State University (5,133 degrees), and Arkansas Tech University (3,923 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Arkansas was $162,400, and the homeownership rate was 66.2%.

Most people in Arkansas drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Arkansas was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Arkansas is home to a population of 3.02M people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.8% of Arkansas residents were born outside of the country (145k people).

In 2022, there were 4.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.1M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 455k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 140k Two+ (Non-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 (159,013 households), Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages (8,010 households), and Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages (5,451 households).

Population by Location

Sex
RACE/ETHNICITY

In 2022 there were 2,953,067 residents in Arkansas.

The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) with the highest resident population were Lauderdale, Colbert & Franklin Counties PUMA, AL (180,852 people), Limestone County PUMA, AL (107,704 people), and Morgan & Lawrence Counties--Decatur City PUMA, AL (156,100 people).

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Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
1,494,289
Women
50.6%
1,458,778
Men
49.4%

The resident population of United States in 2022 was 2,953,067 inhabitants, with 49.4% men, and 50.6% women.

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Citizenship

96.8%
2022 Citizenship
96.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.8% of Arkansas residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Arkansas was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Arkansas
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    2.1M ± 4.33k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    455k ± 2.19k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    140k ± 4.71k
8.06%
Hispanic Population
243k people

In 2022, there were 4.63 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (2.1M people) in Arkansas than any other race or ethnicity. There were 455k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 140k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.06% of the people in Arkansas are hispanic (243k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,018 ± 6,050 people
  2. El Salvador
    15,360 ± 3,035 people
  3. India
    9,985 ± 2,449 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,018 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 15,360 and India with 9,985.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
145k people
4.93%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
148k people

As of 2022, 4.8% of Arkansas residents (145k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Arkansas was 4.93%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    159,013 households (5.6%)
  2. Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or Other Austronesian Languages
    8,010 households (0.282%)
  3. Thai, Lao, or Other Tai-Kadai Languages
    5,451 households (0.192%)

7.77% 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 21.7%. 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 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Arkansas was Spanish. 5.6% 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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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    61,987 ± 2,069
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    40,920 ± 1,641
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    28,222 ± 1,184

Arkansas has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Arkansas employs 1.22M people. The largest industries in Arkansas are Elementary & secondary schools (81,626 people), Restaurants & Food Services (74,867 people), and Construction (74,835 people), and the highest paying industries are Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals ($163,097), Sugar & confectionery products ($148,688), and Computer & peripheral equipment manufacturing ($126,754).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
599,372
Women
48.4%
639,304
Men
51.6%

The workforce of Arkansas in 2020 was 1,238,676 people, with 48.4% woman, and 51.6% men.

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Workforce and Wage by Location

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RACE/ETHNICITY

In 2022 there were 1,218,298 people working in Arkansas. The Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA) that concentrated the largest workforce were Lauderdale, Colbert & Franklin Counties PUMA, AL (76,240 people), Limestone County PUMA, AL (50,166 people), and Morgan & Lawrence Counties--Decatur City PUMA, AL (63,996 people).

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Occupations

1.22M
2022 Value
−1.38%
1 Year decline
± −1.38%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Arkansas declined at a rate of −1.38%, from 1.24M employees to 1.22M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Arkansas, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (38,583 people), Registered nurses (33,574 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (30,203 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Arkansas.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.22M
2022 Value
−1.38%
1 Year decline
± −1.38%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Arkansas declined at a rate of −1.38%, from 1.24M employees to 1.22M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Arkansas, are Elementary & secondary schools (81,626 people), Restaurants & Food Services (74,867 people), and Construction (74,835 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$44,320
Median earning men ± $500
$33,236
Median earning women ± $302

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,600), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,406), and Wholesale Trade ($55,466).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($44,406), Public Administration ($42,290), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,834).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 53,574
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 35,718
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 26,928
    Retail Trade

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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. $15.7B
  2. $14.3B
  3. $10.5B

In 2023, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $15.7B, followed by Meat/seafood ($14.3B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($10.5B).

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$155B
2023 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
74.6% growth

In 2023, total outbound Arkansas trade was $155B. This is expected to increase 74.6% to $271B by 2050.

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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. $12.6B
  2. $7.48B
  3. $6.32B

In 2023, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $12.6B, followed by Mississippi with $7.48B and Oklahoma and $6.32B.

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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.

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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.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Arkansas awarded 53,692 degrees. The student population of Arkansas in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 62,499 male students and 94,452 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Arkansas are White (35,994 and 68.9%), followed by Black or African American (7,930 and 15.2%), Hispanic or Latino (4,088 and 7.83%), and Two or More Races (2,064 and 3.95%).

The largest universities in Arkansas by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas (7,274 and 13.5%), Arkansas State University (5,133 and 9.56%), and Arkansas Tech University (3,923 and 7.31%).

The most popular majors in Arkansas are General Studies (4,003 and 7.46%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,869 and 7.21%), and Registered Nursing (2,619 and 4.88%).

The median tuition costs in Arkansas are $17,090 for private four year colleges, and $6,692 and $12,597 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Arkansas, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.8%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 31.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 156,951 (39.8% men and 60.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 156,951 students enrolled in Arkansas, 39.8% men and 60.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 100,102 records, of which 60.1% were women and 39.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,289 degrees awarded
  2. 1,077 degrees awarded
  3. 943 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Arkansas was Registered Nursing with 1,289 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,274 degrees awarded
  2. 5,133 degrees awarded
  3. 3,923 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas with 7,274 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 20,455 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Arkansas, which is 0.615 times less than the 33,237 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 35,994 degrees mean that there were 4.54 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 7,930 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($17,090) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,235) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, less-than 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Arkansas in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Arkansas was $162,400 in 2022, which is 0.576 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $142,100 to $162,400, a 14.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Arkansas is 66.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Arkansas have an average commute time of 22.2 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.

Median household income in Arkansas is $56,335. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Saline County, AR and Grant County, AR, with respective values of $73,236 and $68,598.

In 2022, 14% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Arkansas. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.676%.

Property

$162,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$1,008
$775,956
Median Property Taxes
±$6,588

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Rent vs Own

66.2%
Homeownership
2022
67.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.2% of the housing units in Arkansas were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Arkansas was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Saline County, AR and Grant County, AR, with respective values of $73,236 and $68,598.

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Household Income

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$56,335
Median Household Income
± $422
1.17M
Number of Households
± 8,470

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.17M households in Arkansas grew to $56,335 from the previous year's value of $52,123.

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Wage Distribution

0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.7%)
  2. Carpooled (9.62%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.75%)

In 2022, 80.7% of workers in Arkansas drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.62%) and those who worked at home (6.75%).

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Arkansas have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.82% of the workforce in Arkansas have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Arkansas. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.676%.

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Poverty & Diversity

16.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Arkansas (476k out of 2.93M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 20.8% of the children was living in poverty in Arkansas. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.3%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 516 in Arkansas. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 15 per 100,000 population.

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Health

91.2% of the population of Arkansas has health coverage, with 40.3% on employee plans, 23.1% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 2.16% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1471 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1507 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2087 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 399 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,471 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,471 patients per year. This represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1,507 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25% under 18 years, 20.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 17% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.83%
Uninsured
40.3%
Employer Coverage
23.1%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
12.5%
Non-Group
2.16%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Arkansas grew by 1.52% from 8.7% to 8.83%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 67 in Arkansas.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 38% in Arkansas.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.8% in Arkansas.

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