Families
Elderly Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Elderly Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County10%**
Ashley County13%**
Baxter County6%
Benton County8%
Boone County9%**
Bowie County, Texas7%
Bradley County12%****
Calhoun County14%****
Carroll County12%**
Chicot County21%
Clark County13%**
Clay County16%**
Cleburne County8%**
Cleveland County12%**
Columbia County16%**
Conway County13%**
Craighead County8%
Crawford County12%
Crittenden County15%
Cross County13%**
Dallas County10%****
Desha County17%**
Drew County13%**
Faulkner County8%
Franklin County14%**
Fulton County13%**
Garland County8%
Grant County8%****
Greene County9%**
Hempstead County17%**
Hot Spring County10%**
Howard County10%****
Independence County13%
Izard County9%**
Jackson County14%**
Jefferson County13%
Johnson County11%**
Lafayette County18%**
Lawrence County16%
Lee County23%**
Lincoln County17%**
Little River County8%****
Logan County11%**
Lonoke County11%
Madison County9%**
Marion County9%**
Miller County13%**
Mississippi County14%**
Monroe County19%**
Montgomery County9%****
Nevada County24%**
Newton County14%**
Ouachita County15%**
Perry County9%****
Phillips County17%**
Pike County10%**
Poinsett County11%**
Polk County12%**
Pope County11%**
Prairie County14%**
Pulaski County8%
Randolph County9%**
Saline County5%**
Scott County8%****
Searcy County13%**
Sebastian County12%
Sevier County11%**
Sharp County13%**
St. Francis County14%**
Stone County19%**
Union County11%
Van Buren County13%**
Washington County10%
White County11%
Woodruff County16%**
Yell County12%**

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 Elderly Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County333**
Ashley County469**
Baxter County773
Benton County2,314
Boone County669**
Bowie County, Texas958
Bradley County226****
Calhoun County133****
Carroll County668**
Chicot County431
Clark County446**
Clay County503**
Cleburne County516**
Cleveland County178**
Columbia County588**
Conway County476**
Craighead County949
Crawford County1,075
Crittenden County885
Cross County359**
Dallas County154****
Desha County337**
Drew County355**
Faulkner County1,053
Franklin County432**
Fulton County369**
Garland County1,695
Grant County216****
Greene County574**
Hempstead County579**
Hot Spring County538**
Howard County218****
Independence County772
Izard County286**
Jackson County396**
Jefferson County1,338
Johnson County422**
Lafayette County270**
Lawrence County484
Lee County349**
Lincoln County295**
Little River County176****
Logan County455**
Lonoke County950
Madison County250**
Marion County389**
Miller County821**
Mississippi County818**
Monroe County299**
Montgomery County200****
Nevada County376**
Newton County255**
Ouachita County663**
Perry County174****
Phillips County520**
Pike County191**
Poinsett County446**
Polk County530**
Pope County949**
Prairie County246**
Pulaski County4,237
Randolph County298**
Saline County997**
Scott County160****
Searcy County243**
Sebastian County2,190
Sevier County248**
Sharp County551**
St. Francis County506**
Stone County590**
Union County735
Van Buren County519**
Washington County2,209
White County1,339
Woodruff County221**
Yell County408**

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
43

OUT OF 51
2012-16

STATE TREND

Decreasing


11%

2012-16
1% = 4,492
Seniors (ages 65+)

What does this measure?

The percentage of people over the age of 65 with incomes below the federal poverty level. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2016, the poverty threshold for two people aged 65 and older with no children was $11,511.

Why is this important?

The percentage of people living in or near poverty is a measure of the overall economic health of a region. It also indicates the level of need for social and government supports. Seniors in poverty may be particularly vulnerable to rising housing and health care bills.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2012-16, 11% of seniors were in poverty, down 3 percentage points from 2000 and a bit higher than the national rate of 9%. This makes Arkansas 43rd in the nation on this indicator. Rates were higher among women (13%) than men (8%) and much higher among black or African American seniors (22%) than white or Hispanic seniors (both 9%). The poverty rate improved the most, however, among black or African American Arkansans, falling 13 percentage points.

Within the state, rates ranged from a low of 5% in Saline County to 24% in Nevada County.

Notes about the data

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 3 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


Elderly Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas14%11%11%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas49,09644,87747,282

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


Elderly Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas15%****13%**22%9%17%******25%****15%**9%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas259****344**9,08635,31910******424****776**36,383

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


Elderly Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas13%8%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas31,47715,805

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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