Community






Arkansans are more generous than the nation as a whole in giving to charity, but less apt to volunteer, participate in community groups and vote in local elections.

Arkansans gave 3.2% of income to charitable causes, compared to 2.2% locally. In the 2016 election, 50% of state residents voted, a small increase from 2000 and below the nation by 5 percentage points. A quarter of residents said they always vote in local elections, compared to 32% across the country. Local voting was particularly low among some groups in Arkansas, with only 15% of black residents saying they always participate and no Hispanic residents indicating this. In fact, 86% of Hispanic residents said they never vote in local elections.

About 30% of Arkansans said they participate in a community group of some kind, and 21% said they volunteer. On both measures, the state was 5 percentage points below national levels.

The state group participation rate was higher for whites (32%) than for Asians (27%) and blacks (24%), and much higher than for Hispanics (11%).

The state volunteering rate was higher for whites (22%) than for blacks (15%) or Hispanics (14%), and higher for women (25%) than men (17%).

Arkansans were as social in their neighborhoods as residents across the country, with 38% saying they talk with neighbors a few times a week or every day.





INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Not Applicable
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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