Families
People Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
People Living in Poverty
2013-17
Arkansas County21%
Ashley County21%
Baxter County13%
Benton County10%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas18%
Bradley County26%
Calhoun County20%**
Carroll County16%
Chicot County29%
Clark County21%
Clay County22%
Cleburne County15%
Cleveland County19%
Columbia County25%
Conway County19%
Craighead County18%
Crawford County17%
Crittenden County24%
Cross County18%
Dallas County13%**
Desha County33%
Drew County24%
Faulkner County16%
Franklin County22%
Fulton County23%
Garland County19%
Grant County14%
Greene County16%
Hempstead County25%
Hot Spring County16%
Howard County21%
Independence County18%
Izard County18%
Jackson County25%
Jefferson County25%
Johnson County23%
Lafayette County24%
Lawrence County18%
Lee County27%
Lincoln County18%**
Little River County19%
Logan County20%
Lonoke County12%
Madison County18%
Marion County20%
Miller County21%
Mississippi County26%
Monroe County29%
Montgomery County18%
Nevada County23%**
Newton County18%
Ouachita County26%
Perry County18%**
Phillips County33%
Pike County17%
Poinsett County21%
Polk County27%
Pope County20%
Prairie County17%**
Pulaski County17%
Randolph County21%**
Saline County8%
Scott County20%
Searcy County17%**
Sebastian County23%
Sevier County21%
Sharp County23%
St. Francis County28%
Stone County24%**
Union County20%
Van Buren County20%
Washington County18%
White County17%
Woodruff County26%
Yell County18%

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
2013-17
Arkansas County3,735
Ashley County4,368
Baxter County5,117
Benton County26,096
Boone County5,767
Bowie County, Texas15,750
Bradley County2,864
Calhoun County986**
Carroll County4,331
Chicot County3,041
Clark County4,221
Clay County3,339
Cleburne County3,829
Cleveland County1,589
Columbia County5,553
Conway County3,845
Craighead County18,298
Crawford County10,196
Crittenden County11,422
Cross County3,041
Dallas County906**
Desha County3,886
Drew County4,246
Faulkner County18,989
Franklin County3,829
Fulton County2,718
Garland County18,300
Grant County2,579
Greene County6,879
Hempstead County5,539
Hot Spring County4,941
Howard County2,790
Independence County6,628
Izard County2,238
Jackson County3,592
Jefferson County16,140
Johnson County5,733
Lafayette County1,632
Lawrence County2,976
Lee County2,173
Lincoln County1,620**
Little River County2,291
Logan County4,326
Lonoke County8,709
Madison County2,797
Marion County3,165
Miller County8,891
Mississippi County10,921
Monroe County2,098
Montgomery County1,613
Nevada County1,920**
Newton County1,392
Ouachita County6,231
Perry County1,808**
Phillips County6,363
Pike County1,852
Poinsett County5,036
Polk County5,326
Pope County11,841
Prairie County1,364**
Pulaski County67,056
Randolph County3,557**
Saline County9,210
Scott County2,142
Searcy County1,364**
Sebastian County28,211
Sevier County3,597
Sharp County3,904
St. Francis County6,363
Stone County2,983**
Union County7,936
Van Buren County3,250
Washington County38,855
White County12,354
Woodruff County1,721
Yell County3,792

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
47

OUT OF 51
2013-17

STATE TREND

Increasing


18%

2013-17
1% = 28,901
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 2017, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $24,858.

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 2013-17, 18% of people were living in poverty, up 2 percentage points since 2000 and 3 points above the national rate. This makes Arkansas 47th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Males were a bit more likely to be in poverty, at 26%, compared to 25% of males. Some minority groups were about twice as likely as whites to be in poverty, with 32% of black or African American Arkansans and 30% of Hispanic residents in poverty, compared to 15% of white residents. Among Arkansas counties, rates ranged from a low of 8% in Saline to 33% in Phillips and Desha.

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
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas16%19%18%

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
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas411,777530,309524,211

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%32%30%29%****31%24%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
Arkansas4,4475,909139,40661,9912,031****22,85317,116332,449

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
Arkansas288,767235,444

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 Maintaining
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 Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Maintaining
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
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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