Education
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2012-16
Arkansas County14%
Ashley County14%
Baxter County18%
Benton County31%
Boone County15%
Bowie County, Texas19%
Bradley County14%
Calhoun County12%**
Carroll County18%
Chicot County13%
Clark County25%
Clay County11%
Cleburne County15%
Cleveland County16%
Columbia County22%
Conway County17%
Craighead County25%
Crawford County14%
Crittenden County17%
Cross County15%
Dallas County13%**
Desha County13%
Drew County20%
Faulkner County29%
Franklin County13%
Fulton County11%
Garland County21%
Grant County20%
Greene County16%
Hempstead County13%
Hot Spring County13%
Howard County16%
Independence County18%
Izard County12%
Jackson County9%
Jefferson County17%
Johnson County16%
Lafayette County14%
Lawrence County13%
Lee County8%**
Lincoln County8%
Little River County10%
Logan County13%
Lonoke County20%
Madison County11%
Marion County15%
Miller County14%
Mississippi County13%
Monroe County9%**
Montgomery County13%
Nevada County15%**
Newton County15%**
Ouachita County17%
Perry County11%**
Phillips County12%
Pike County15%
Poinsett County10%
Polk County12%
Pope County21%
Prairie County13%
Pulaski County33%
Randolph County14%
Saline County25%
Scott County11%
Searcy County14%**
Sebastian County19%
Sevier County9%
Sharp County10%
St. Francis County10%
Stone County14%
Union County19%
Van Buren County14%
Washington County31%
White County19%
Woodruff County10%**
Yell County14%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2012-16
Arkansas County1,839
Ashley County1,948
Baxter County5,576
Benton County48,781
Boone County3,912
Bowie County, Texas11,790
Bradley County1,079
Calhoun County445**
Carroll County3,446
Chicot County1,015
Clark County3,248
Clay County1,227
Cleburne County2,895
Cleveland County907
Columbia County3,296
Conway County2,456
Craighead County16,618
Crawford County5,612
Crittenden County5,401
Cross County1,712
Dallas County685**
Desha County1,056
Drew County2,297
Faulkner County21,251
Franklin County1,567
Fulton County983
Garland County14,352
Grant County2,455
Greene County4,770
Hempstead County1,864
Hot Spring County3,166
Howard County1,427
Independence County4,406
Izard County1,241
Jackson County1,086
Jefferson County8,164
Johnson County2,718
Lafayette County694
Lawrence County1,534
Lee County566**
Lincoln County786
Little River County867
Logan County1,988
Lonoke County9,065
Madison County1,226
Marion County1,915
Miller County4,271
Mississippi County3,551
Monroe County475**
Montgomery County844
Nevada County906**
Newton County874**
Ouachita County2,855
Perry County762**
Phillips County1,475
Pike County1,142
Poinsett County1,563
Polk County1,729
Pope County8,459
Prairie County781
Pulaski County86,671
Randolph County1,679
Saline County19,571
Scott County756
Searcy County848**
Sebastian County15,763
Sevier County998
Sharp County1,240
St. Francis County1,929
Stone County1,321
Union County5,275
Van Buren County1,691
Washington County41,124
White County9,765
Woodruff County495**
Yell County2,091

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
49

OUT OF 51
2012-16

STATE TREND

Increasing


22%

2012-16
1% = 19,736
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce. Well-educated workers likely have access to more economic opportunities than workers with less education. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2012-16, 22% of adults had a bachelor's or higher degree, up 5 percentage points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator. The rate was far higher among Asian adults (50%), than white or Hispanic (both 23%) or black or African American (14%) adults - but similar for men and women. Benton, Washington and Pulaski counties had the highest rates of 31-33%, while Lincoln, Lee, Jackson, Monroe and Sevier counties had rates below 10%.

Notes about the data

Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator is expected to be released annually in December.




Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas17%20%22%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas288,428373,005424,446

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas15%51%14%23%4%******7%23%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,83813,54039,915353,682138******2,3996,468360,148

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas22%21%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas227,235197,211

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









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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