Health
Life Expectancy
Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Life Expectancy
2020
Arkansas County70
Ashley County72
Baxter County75
Benton County79
Boone County75
Bradley County71
Calhoun County71
Carroll County76
Chicot County71
Clark County74
Clay County72
Cleburne County75
Cleveland County74
Columbia County73
Conway County74
Craighead County75
Crawford County75
Crittenden County70
Cross County72
Dallas County71
Desha County71
Drew County74
Faulkner County76
Franklin County73
Fulton County73
Garland County73
Grant County74
Greene County74
Hempstead County75
Hot Spring County73
Howard County73
Independence County74
Izard County74
Jackson County72
Jefferson County71
Johnson County74
Lafayette County74
Lawrence County72
Lee County69
Lincoln County73
Little River County72
Logan County72
Lonoke County75
Madison County76
Marion County74
Miller County72
Mississippi County68
Monroe County69
Montgomery County73
Nevada County73
Newton County75
Ouachita County72
Perry County74
Phillips County68
Pike County74
Poinsett County69
Polk County73
Pope County76
Prairie County74
Pulaski County74
Randolph County73
Saline County72
Scott County74
Searcy County74
Sebastian County74
Sevier County73
Sharp County73
St. Francis County76
Stone County75
Union County71
Van Buren County75
Washington County77
White County74
Woodruff County74
Yell County74

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)







NATIONAL RANKING
43

OUT OF 50
2020

STATE TREND

Decreasing


74

2020

What does this measure?

Life expectancy at birth (reported in years) reflects the expected average years of life for a group of infants born in a particular year.

Why is this important?

Life expectancy at birth is a frequently used indicator of health status and is often used to gauge the health of a community. Differences in life expectancy among racial and ethnic groups may reflect differences in socioeconomic status, access to health care, and the prevalence of risk factors particular to a subpopulation.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2020, the latest year for which nationwide comparative data is available, life expectancy in Arkansas was 74 years, down nearly 2 years from 2019 and below the national figure of 77. This makes Arkansas 43rd in the nation on this indicator.

Life expectancy was highest for Hispanics and Latinos in 2020, at 89 years followed by Asians at 84. Black/African Americans had the lowest life expectancy at 72. In 2019, the latest year for which gender data is available, life expectancy was higher for women in Arkansas than men at 79 vs. 74 years.

Among Arkansas counties, life expectancy in 2020 ranged from 68 years in Phillips and Mississippi Counties to 79 years in Benton County.

Notes about the data

The rates are calculated with the assumption that age-specific mortality rates stay the same throughout the lifespan of each age cohort. The most recent year for nationwide comparative data, county-level comparative data, and race statistics on life expectancy is 2020. The most recent year for gender statistics on life expectancy is 2019.




Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)


Life Expectancy
2000200520102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Arkansas75757676767676767676767674

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)






Source: Arkansas Department of Health


Life Expectancy by Race/Ethnicity
AsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhite
Arkansas83.772.089.375.6

Source: Arkansas Department of Health





Source: Arkansas Department of Health


Life Expectancy by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas79.073.5

Source: Arkansas Department of Health









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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