Families
People Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
People Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County20%
Ashley County20%
Baxter County14%
Benton County11%
Boone County17%
Bowie County, Texas20%
Bradley County29%
Calhoun County19%**
Carroll County17%
Chicot County31%
Clark County24%
Clay County22%
Cleburne County15%
Cleveland County20%
Columbia County25%
Conway County22%
Craighead County19%
Crawford County19%
Crittenden County25%
Cross County20%
Dallas County15%**
Desha County32%
Drew County28%
Faulkner County16%
Franklin County21%
Fulton County23%
Garland County21%
Grant County13%**
Greene County18%
Hempstead County27%
Hot Spring County17%
Howard County20%
Independence County19%
Izard County22%
Jackson County27%
Jefferson County26%
Johnson County21%
Lafayette County26%
Lawrence County24%
Lee County30%
Lincoln County23%**
Little River County19%
Logan County19%
Lonoke County12%
Madison County18%
Marion County20%
Miller County21%
Mississippi County26%
Monroe County29%
Montgomery County19%
Nevada County31%**
Newton County22%
Ouachita County25%
Perry County18%
Phillips County33%
Pike County18%
Poinsett County22%
Polk County25%
Pope County20%
Prairie County20%
Pulaski County18%
Randolph County20%**
Saline County9%
Scott County21%
Searcy County21%**
Sebastian County22%
Sevier County22%
Sharp County22%
St. Francis County25%
Stone County24%**
Union County21%
Van Buren County18%
Washington County19%
White County18%
Woodruff County24%
Yell County17%

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 People Living in Poverty
2012-16
Arkansas County3,587
Ashley County4,131
Baxter County5,600
Benton County27,562
Boone County6,409
Bowie County, Texas17,166
Bradley County3,163
Calhoun County969**
Carroll County4,789
Chicot County3,252
Clark County4,762
Clay County3,340
Cleburne County3,901
Cleveland County1,671
Columbia County5,581
Conway County4,482
Craighead County18,682
Crawford County11,491
Crittenden County11,991
Cross County3,364
Dallas County1,054**
Desha County3,859
Drew County4,851
Faulkner County18,590
Franklin County3,684
Fulton County2,769
Garland County19,639
Grant County2,318**
Greene County7,621
Hempstead County5,861
Hot Spring County5,347
Howard County2,605
Independence County6,891
Izard County2,775
Jackson County3,866
Jefferson County16,959
Johnson County5,418
Lafayette County1,830
Lawrence County3,840
Lee County2,447
Lincoln County2,158**
Little River County2,384
Logan County4,071
Lonoke County8,535
Madison County2,823
Marion County3,220
Miller County8,749
Mississippi County11,057
Monroe County2,139
Montgomery County1,677
Nevada County2,615**
Newton County1,713
Ouachita County5,970
Perry County1,804
Phillips County6,588
Pike County1,997
Poinsett County5,238
Polk County5,069
Pope County11,620
Prairie County1,617
Pulaski County69,467
Randolph County3,357**
Saline County9,706
Scott County2,204
Searcy County1,619**
Sebastian County27,745
Sevier County3,804
Sharp County3,711
St. Francis County5,761
Stone County2,925**
Union County8,220
Van Buren County3,084
Washington County40,272
White County13,201
Woodruff County1,622
Yell County3,738

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


19%

2012-16
1% = 28,814
Individuals

What does this measure?

The percentage of residents with incomes below the federal poverty level. 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?

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.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2012-16, 19% of people were living in poverty, up 3 percentage points since 2000 and 4 points above the national rate. This makes Arkansas 48th in the nation on this indicator. Females were a bit more likely to be in poverty, 20%, compared to 17% of males. Some minority groups were about twice as likely as whites to be in poverty, with 33% of black or African American Arkansans and 31% of Hispanic residents in poverty, compared to 15% of white residents. Among Arkansas counties, rates ranged from a low of 9% in Saline to 33% in Phillips.

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


People Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas16%18%19%

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 People Living in Poverty
20002007-112012-16
Arkansas411,777516,822542,431

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


People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas24%14%33%31%30%****31%26%15%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Data not shown where sample sizes were too small. 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 People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African/AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas4,3405,678145,11962,5171,970****20,79716,660347,867

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Data not shown where sample sizes were too small. 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


People Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas20%17%

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 People Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas300,222242,209

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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