Families
Children Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Children Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County29%
Ashley County30%
Baxter County22%
Benton County16%
Boone County25%
Bowie County, Texas30%
Bradley County46%
Calhoun County31%**
Carroll County25%
Chicot County44%
Clark County32%
Clay County31%
Cleburne County24%**
Cleveland County31%**
Columbia County36%
Conway County34%
Craighead County28%
Crawford County27%
Crittenden County37%
Cross County27%**
Dallas County26%**
Desha County49%
Drew County38%
Faulkner County17%
Franklin County29%**
Fulton County46%
Garland County33%
Grant County17%**
Greene County26%
Hempstead County38%
Hot Spring County24%
Howard County35%
Independence County28%
Izard County36%
Jackson County44%
Jefferson County39%
Johnson County31%
Lafayette County37%
Lawrence County30%
Lee County39%**
Lincoln County31%**
Little River County28%**
Logan County25%**
Lonoke County17%
Madison County22%**
Marion County31%
Miller County30%
Mississippi County38%
Monroe County44%
Montgomery County28%**
Nevada County48%**
Newton County29%**
Ouachita County37%
Perry County30%**
Phillips County53%
Pike County27%**
Poinsett County35%
Polk County37%
Pope County25%
Prairie County31%
Pulaski County28%
Randolph County26%**
Saline County11%
Scott County33%**
Searcy County24%**
Sebastian County34%
Sevier County34%
Sharp County29%
St. Francis County38%
Stone County32%**
Union County32%
Van Buren County27%
Washington County22%
White County20%
Woodruff County30%**
Yell County26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County1,218
Ashley County1,470
Baxter County1,591
Benton County10,620
Boone County2,014
Bowie County, Texas6,610
Bradley County1,188
Calhoun County308**
Carroll County1,506
Chicot County1,122
Clark County1,419
Clay County988
Cleburne County1,187**
Cleveland County593**
Columbia County1,788
Conway County1,581
Craighead County6,827
Crawford County4,189
Crittenden County5,069
Cross County1,148**
Dallas County380**
Desha County1,496
Drew County1,456
Faulkner County4,735
Franklin County1,196**
Fulton County1,098
Garland County6,348
Grant County726**
Greene County2,695
Hempstead County2,238
Hot Spring County1,693
Howard County1,199
Independence County2,411
Izard County911
Jackson County1,533
Jefferson County6,361
Johnson County1,929
Lafayette County510
Lawrence County1,081
Lee County732**
Lincoln County771**
Little River County763**
Logan County1,190**
Lonoke County3,090
Madison County818**
Marion County871
Miller County3,130
Mississippi County4,444
Monroe County701
Montgomery County492**
Nevada County944**
Newton County456**
Ouachita County2,084
Perry County655**
Phillips County2,795
Pike County672**
Poinsett County1,947
Polk County1,728
Pope County3,490
Prairie County518
Pulaski County25,409
Randolph County990**
Saline County2,886
Scott County849**
Searcy County380**
Sebastian County10,124
Sevier County1,657
Sharp County992
St. Francis County2,250
Stone County807**
Union County3,042
Van Buren County905
Washington County12,189
White County3,716
Woodruff County445**
Yell County1,376

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.



NATIONAL RANKING
48

OUT OF 51
2012-16

STATE TREND

Increasing


27%

2012-16
1% = 6,941
Children Under 18

What does this measure?

The number of children under 18 who live below the federally defined poverty line, expressed as a percentage of all children under 18. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2016, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $ 24,339.

Why is this important?

Children raised in impoverished environments are at higher risk for a wide variety of health and social problems, including poor performance in school. The challenges they face in childhood can diminish their chances for successful adult lives. Studies have found that the stress of living in poverty can cause biological changes in children that can lead to long-term health problems.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2012-16, 27% of children were living in poverty, up 5 percentage points from 2000 and higher than the national rate of 21%. This makes Arkansas 48th in the nation on this indicator. Rates varied greatly among groups, with 46% of black or African American and 39% of Hispanic children in poverty, compared to 21% of white children. The largest increase among the major groups was a 6 percentage point jump for white children. Among counties in the state, child poverty rates ranged from 11% in Saline to 53% in Phillips.

Notes about the data

Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing.

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 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 are released annually in December.




Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas22%27%27%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas146,321186,278186,130

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas29%**12%**46%39%35%**40%32%21%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,239**1,204**58,77431,3171,022**10,1759,591104,125

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas27%27%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas90,32695,804

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.









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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