Families
Children Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Children Living in Poverty
2014-18
Arkansas County26%**
Ashley County29%
Baxter County20%
Benton County14%
Boone County22%
Bowie County, Texas24%
Bradley County35%
Calhoun County30%**
Carroll County21%
Chicot County42%
Clark County25%
Clay County33%
Cleburne County22%**
Cleveland County32%**
Columbia County35%
Conway County26%
Craighead County24%
Crawford County23%
Crittenden County35%
Cross County23%**
Dallas County20%****
Desha County44%
Drew County25%
Faulkner County16%
Franklin County28%**
Fulton County40%
Garland County30%
Grant County18%**
Greene County26%
Hempstead County38%
Hot Spring County25%
Howard County32%**
Independence County25%
Izard County29%**
Jackson County36%
Jefferson County37%
Johnson County32%
Lafayette County31%
Lawrence County20%**
Lee County35%**
Lincoln County24%**
Little River County21%**
Logan County34%
Lonoke County17%
Madison County19%**
Marion County31%**
Miller County32%
Mississippi County39%
Monroe County48%
Montgomery County28%**
Nevada County44%**
Newton County19%****
Ouachita County36%
Perry County26%**
Phillips County53%
Pike County21%**
Poinsett County36%
Polk County29%
Pope County23%
Prairie County22%**
Pulaski County26%
Randolph County21%**
Saline County11%
Scott County31%**
Searcy County26%**
Sebastian County30%
Sevier County32%
Sharp County32%
St. Francis County40%
Stone County34%**
Union County29%
Van Buren County30%
Washington County19%
White County22%
Woodruff County39%**
Yell County23%

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
2014-18
Arkansas County1,038**
Ashley County1,373
Baxter County1,423
Benton County9,377
Boone County1,824
Bowie County, Texas5,357
Bradley County902
Calhoun County313**
Carroll County1,297
Chicot County1,037
Clark County1,056
Clay County1,081
Cleburne County1,055**
Cleveland County599**
Columbia County1,704
Conway County1,221
Craighead County6,093
Crawford County3,492
Crittenden County4,681
Cross County914**
Dallas County239****
Desha County1,295
Drew County939
Faulkner County4,620
Franklin County1,155**
Fulton County949
Garland County5,922
Grant County732**
Greene County2,769
Hempstead County2,147
Hot Spring County1,740
Howard County1,099**
Independence County2,209
Izard County713**
Jackson County1,231
Jefferson County5,758
Johnson County2,010
Lafayette County399
Lawrence County732**
Lee County609**
Lincoln County574**
Little River County545**
Logan County1,600
Lonoke County3,128
Madison County713**
Marion County937**
Miller County3,300
Mississippi County4,341
Monroe County712
Montgomery County467**
Nevada County823**
Newton County294****
Ouachita County1,968
Perry County593**
Phillips County2,586
Pike County488**
Poinsett County2,003
Polk County1,370
Pope County3,215
Prairie County359**
Pulaski County23,481
Randolph County786**
Saline County2,972
Scott County835**
Searcy County393**
Sebastian County9,107
Sevier County1,550
Sharp County1,097
St. Francis County2,222
Stone County824**
Union County2,776
Van Buren County997
Washington County10,603
White County3,964
Woodruff County510**
Yell County1,229

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
46

OUT OF 51
2014-18

STATE TREND

Increasing


25%

2014-18
1% = 6,934
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 2018, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $25,465.

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 2014-18, 25% of children were living in poverty, up 3 percentage points from 2000 and higher than the national rate of 20%. This makes Arkansas 46th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates varied greatly among racial and ethnic groups, with 43% of black or African American and 36% of Hispanic children in poverty, compared to 19% of white children. The largest increase among the biggest groups was a 4 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
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas22%28%25%

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
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas146,321194,398171,109

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
Arkansas34%**12%43%36%41%**36%28%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%. 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
Arkansas1,700**1,18953,78230,2661,285**10,2589,46893,427

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
Arkansas25%25%

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
Arkansas83,59587,514

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
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
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
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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