Racial Equity
Adults with a High School Degree
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a High School Degree or Higher
2015-19
Arkansas County84%
Ashley County83%
Baxter County89%
Benton County89%
Boone County87%
Bowie County, Texas89%
Bradley County81%
Calhoun County84%
Carroll County86%
Chicot County81%
Clark County90%
Clay County82%
Cleburne County86%
Cleveland County90%
Columbia County86%
Conway County87%
Craighead County89%
Crawford County85%
Crittenden County83%
Cross County84%
Dallas County84%
Desha County81%
Drew County87%
Faulkner County92%
Franklin County84%
Fulton County86%
Garland County89%
Grant County91%
Greene County88%
Hempstead County83%
Hot Spring County86%
Howard County85%
Independence County86%
Izard County84%
Jackson County80%
Jefferson County86%
Johnson County79%
Lafayette County80%
Lawrence County84%
Lee County76%
Lincoln County81%
Little River County89%
Logan County86%
Lonoke County89%
Madison County81%
Marion County87%
Miller County86%
Mississippi County81%
Monroe County79%
Montgomery County80%
Nevada County90%
Newton County86%
Ouachita County86%
Perry County85%
Phillips County80%
Pike County87%
Poinsett County80%
Polk County85%
Pope County84%
Prairie County83%
Pulaski County90%
Randolph County83%
Saline County91%
Scott County79%
Searcy County82%
Sebastian County84%
Sevier County77%
Sharp County83%
St. Francis County82%
Stone County81%
Union County85%
Van Buren County85%
Washington County85%
White County84%
Woodruff County82%
Yell County78%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
2015-19
Arkansas County10,424
Ashley County11,495
Baxter County28,194
Benton County154,050
Boone County22,712
Bowie County, Texas56,134
Bradley County6,094
Calhoun County3,131
Carroll County17,128
Chicot County6,010
Clark County11,848
Clay County8,680
Cleburne County16,066
Cleveland County5,105
Columbia County12,590
Conway County12,610
Craighead County61,602
Crawford County35,909
Crittenden County25,582
Cross County9,630
Dallas County4,319
Desha County6,344
Drew County10,135
Faulkner County69,673
Franklin County10,061
Fulton County7,576
Garland County63,688
Grant County11,550
Greene County26,538
Hempstead County11,838
Hot Spring County20,851
Howard County7,484
Independence County21,610
Izard County8,542
Jackson County9,786
Jefferson County40,405
Johnson County13,743
Lafayette County3,908
Lawrence County9,447
Lee County5,122
Lincoln County8,363
Little River County7,734
Logan County13,201
Lonoke County43,008
Madison County9,015
Marion County10,900
Miller County25,643
Mississippi County22,114
Monroe County3,968
Montgomery County5,336
Nevada County5,283
Newton County4,952
Ouachita County14,094
Perry County6,153
Phillips County9,632
Pike County6,576
Poinsett County13,088
Polk County11,934
Pope County34,215
Prairie County4,974
Pulaski County241,026
Randolph County10,139
Saline County74,944
Scott County5,539
Searcy County4,736
Sebastian County71,458
Sevier County8,176
Sharp County10,354
St. Francis County14,675
Stone County7,481
Union County22,734
Van Buren County10,415
Washington County119,852
White County43,133
Woodruff County3,809
Yell County11,337

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
44

OUT OF 51
2015-19

STATE TREND

Increasing


87%

2015-19
1% = 20,116
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with at least a high school degree. This includes adults with higher degrees, such as bachelor's or master's.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce. Well-educated workers likely have access to more economic opportunities than workers with less education. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015-19, 87% of adults had at least a high school degree, up 3 percentage points from 2010-14 and 12 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 44th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C., but similar to the U.S as a whole. Rates were higher among white (88%), black or African American (84%), and Asian adults (86%), than Hispanic (58%) adults. Rates were similar for men (85%) and women (88%).

There was some variation in rates across the state, with the lowest rates in Lee and Sevier counties (76% and 77%, respectively), and the highest rates in Cleveland, Clark, Pulaski, Nevada, Saline, Grant and Faulkner counties (all between 90% and 92%).

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

There are a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in graduation rates and other measures of student achievement. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color.

Notes about the data

Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. 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


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas75%84%87%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas1,303,7511,643,7641,741,471

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas83%86%84%58%56%51%86%88%
Benton County89%91%92%59%54%**55%89%89%
Craighead County61%******89%**89%56%0%******64%**83%**90%
Crittenden County65%******84%**77%53%**0%******33%******83%88%
Faulkner County82%****84%**93%75%100%******76%**88%**92%
Jefferson County100%******76%******85%69%**100%******78%****96%**88%
Miller County70%******100%******85%60%**100%******71%**83%****87%
Mississippi County100%******100%****79%56%**100%******56%****87%****83%
Phillips County100%******0%******78%85%******0%******100%******60%******84%
Pulaski County87%**93%87%65%84%******60%90%93%
Saline County100%****82%90%62%100%******64%****89%**91%
Sebastian County86%**78%82%45%100%******39%90%88%
St. Francis County84%******100%******79%70%****0%******67%******67%******86%
Union County80%****96%****76%50%****0%******70%******57%******89%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas10,84625,700235,20763,2112,48321,19629,7101,416,329
Benton County2,1686,2372,54113,402524**1,6553,086137,839
Craighead County135******617**7,1151,4260******674**606**52,455
Crittenden County53******189**10,378339**0******28******1,52613,408
Faulkner County277****702**7,3421,69638******795**970**59,549
Jefferson County171******460******20,575523**33******355****388**18,423
Miller County128******149******5,638483**11******356**330****19,031
Mississippi County31******159****6,704507**22******273****356****14,569
Phillips County7******0******5,46096******0******6******21******4,138
Pulaski County699**5,64777,3387,934151******2,2253,903151,063
Saline County231****8834,6721,68584******256****942**67,876
Sebastian County857**2,8664,4083,9818******2,2792,22958,811
St. Francis County70******108******7,069525****0******260******148******7,020
Union County163****152****6,230336****0******147******75******15,967

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas88%85%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas916,025825,446

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









INDICATORS
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers
Grade 3 Reading
Grade 8 Math
Graduation Rate
Remediation Rate
Adults with a High School Degree
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Adults Pursuing Further Education
Infant Mortality
Early Prenatal Care
Overweight or Obese Students
Student Drug Usage
Overweight or Obese Adults
Physically Inactive Adults
Smoking Rate
Flouridated Water
Insurance Coverage Rates
Oral Health
Life Expectancy
Routine Check-ups
Births to Teens
Female-headed Households
Children Living in Poverty
People Living in Poverty
Elderly Living in Poverty
Median Household Income
Unemployment Rate
Homeownership Rate
Child Abuse and Neglect
Access to Financial Services
Food Insecurity
Incarceration Rate
Homelessness
Change in Total Jobs
Housing Affordability - Owning
Housing Affordability - Renting
Households Below ALICE Threshold
Voter Participation Rate
Charitable Giving
Volunteering
Group Participation
Connection to Neighbors
Local Voting
Change in Population
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity
Change in Population by Age
Adults with a High School Degree
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Female-headed Households
Children Living in Poverty
People Living in Poverty
Elderly Living in Poverty
Median Household Income
Unemployment Rate
Homeownership Rate
Incarceration Rate
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity


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