Physically Inactive Adults
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Physically Inactive Adults
Arkansas County41%
Ashley County36%
Baxter County29%
Benton County27%
Boone County29%
Bradley County39%
Calhoun County38%
Carroll County30%
Chicot County38%
Clark County39%
Clay County27%
Cleburne County38%
Cleveland County38%
Columbia County38%
Conway County36%
Craighead County34%
Crawford County29%
Crittenden County40%
Cross County36%
Dallas County36%
Desha County44%
Drew County41%
Faulkner County32%
Franklin County31%
Fulton County31%
Garland County26%
Grant County27%
Greene County31%
Hempstead County39%
Hot Spring County26%
Howard County26%
Independence County33%
Izard County32%
Jackson County31%
Jefferson County30%
Johnson County29%
Lafayette County48%
Lawrence County31%
Lee County46%
Lincoln County42%
Little River County38%
Logan County32%
Lonoke County31%
Madison County29%
Marion County25%
Miller County43%
Mississippi County36%
Monroe County45%
Montgomery County28%
Nevada County45%
Newton County29%
Ouachita County38%
Perry County28%
Phillips County42%
Pike County38%
Poinsett County36%
Polk County22%
Pope County34%
Prairie County38%
Pulaski County28%
Randolph County30%
Saline County25%
Scott County29%
Searcy County31%
Sebastian County29%
Sevier County27%
Sharp County34%
St. Francis County45%
Stone County36%
Union County35%
Van Buren County37%
Washington County26%
White County34%
Woodruff County39%
Yell County30%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







What does this measure?

The percentage of adults who did not engage in leisure-time physical activity within the past 30 days, such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking, as reported through a national survey.

Why is this important?

Active adults are likely to be healthier than their inactive counterparts, leading to a higher quality of life and lower long-term health costs. Exercise can control weight, improve physical strength and mental health, and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018, 31% of adults were not active, the same rate as in 2011 and 7 points higher than the national rate. Arkansas was 49th in the nation on this indicator (including the 50 states and Washington D.C.). Women were less active (33%) than men (28%), and black, non-Hispanic adults (34%) less active than white, non-Hispanics (30%) and Hispanics (32%).

Within Arkansas, a dozen counties had inactivity rates of 40% or higher: Arkansas, Drew, Lincoln, Phillips, Miller, Desha, Nevada, Lee, Lafayette, Crittenden, St. Francis and Monroe. The most active counties had rates around 25%: Marion, Saline, Hot Spring, Howard, Garland and Washington. Polk had the lowest rate, at 22% (based on 2017 data, the latest available).

Notes about the data

National data comes from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rates are not age adjusted

Number of Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Physically Inactive Adults by Race
American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanicMultiracial, non-HispanicWhite, non-Hispanic

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Physically Inactive Adults by Gender

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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