Education
Adults with a High School Degree
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a High School Degree or Higher
2012-16
Arkansas County83%
Ashley County84%
Baxter County87%
Benton County87%
Boone County85%
Bowie County, Texas87%
Bradley County80%
Calhoun County83%
Carroll County84%
Chicot County80%
Clark County87%
Clay County79%
Cleburne County83%
Cleveland County86%
Columbia County85%
Conway County85%
Craighead County88%
Crawford County85%
Crittenden County82%
Cross County81%
Dallas County83%
Desha County76%
Drew County82%
Faulkner County91%
Franklin County81%
Fulton County84%
Garland County88%
Grant County90%
Greene County85%
Hempstead County79%
Hot Spring County86%
Howard County79%
Independence County84%
Izard County84%
Jackson County77%
Jefferson County84%
Johnson County79%
Lafayette County80%
Lawrence County82%
Lee County69%
Lincoln County79%
Little River County86%
Logan County83%
Lonoke County88%
Madison County80%
Marion County86%
Miller County86%
Mississippi County80%
Monroe County78%
Montgomery County80%
Nevada County83%
Newton County80%
Ouachita County86%
Perry County82%
Phillips County76%
Pike County81%
Poinsett County79%
Polk County84%
Pope County83%
Prairie County82%
Pulaski County90%
Randolph County83%
Saline County89%
Scott County76%
Searcy County85%
Sebastian County82%
Sevier County70%
Sharp County83%
St. Francis County78%
Stone County77%
Union County84%
Van Buren County84%
Washington County84%
White County84%
Woodruff County76%
Yell County78%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
2012-16
Arkansas County10,517
Ashley County12,028
Baxter County27,417
Benton County138,507
Boone County22,210
Bowie County, Texas54,953
Bradley County6,056
Calhoun County3,083
Carroll County16,325
Chicot County6,188
Clark County11,371
Clay County8,554
Cleburne County15,681
Cleveland County4,961
Columbia County12,809
Conway County12,334
Craighead County57,561
Crawford County35,321
Crittenden County25,395
Cross County9,362
Dallas County4,505
Desha County6,098
Drew County9,451
Faulkner County66,476
Franklin County9,771
Fulton County7,476
Garland County61,491
Grant County11,141
Greene County24,731
Hempstead County11,622
Hot Spring County20,165
Howard County7,196
Independence County21,128
Izard County8,415
Jackson County9,623
Jefferson County40,498
Johnson County13,471
Lafayette County4,071
Lawrence County9,349
Lee County4,807
Lincoln County7,963
Little River County7,672
Logan County12,649
Lonoke County40,936
Madison County8,695
Marion County10,751
Miller County25,198
Mississippi County22,594
Monroe County4,102
Montgomery County5,382
Nevada County5,002
Newton County4,739
Ouachita County14,806
Perry County5,897
Phillips County9,659
Pike County6,265
Poinsett County12,848
Polk County11,876
Pope County33,093
Prairie County4,940
Pulaski County237,083
Randolph County10,224
Saline County71,218
Scott County5,459
Searcy County4,965
Sebastian County69,193
Sevier County7,405
Sharp County10,229
St. Francis County14,467
Stone County6,998
Union County22,975
Van Buren County10,471
Washington County111,038
White County42,425
Woodruff County3,659
Yell County11,322

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
44

OUT OF 51
2012-16

STATE TREND

Increasing


85%

2012-16
1% = 19,736
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with at least a high school degree. This includes adults with higher degrees, such as bachelor's or master's.

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, 85% of adults had at least a high school degree, up 10 percentage points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 44th in the nation on this indicator. Rates were fairly similar across the major racial and ethnic groups: 87% for white, 88% for Hispanic, 82% for black or African American, and 86% for Asian adults.

There was some variation in rates across the state with the lowest rates in Lee and Sevier counties (69% and 70%), and the highest rates in Grant, Pulaski and Faulkner counties (all at 90% or 91%).

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. 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 High School Degree or Higher
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas75%83%85%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas1,303,7511,574,2951,681,363

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas82%86%82%88%70%45%85%87%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas10,16523,140225,0561,344,9812,31315,04924,0701,381,570

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas86%84%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas881,935799,428

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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