Racial Equity
Female-headed Households
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Single Female-Headed Households
2015-19
Arkansas County13%**
Ashley County13%
Baxter County7%
Benton County10%
Boone County9%
Bowie County, Texas17%
Bradley County13%
Calhoun County9%****
Carroll County7%**
Chicot County17%
Clark County14%
Clay County12%
Cleburne County8%**
Cleveland County13%**
Columbia County17%
Conway County14%
Craighead County16%
Crawford County12%
Crittenden County22%
Cross County16%
Dallas County15%**
Desha County20%
Drew County11%**
Faulkner County11%
Franklin County9%**
Fulton County11%**
Garland County13%
Grant County11%**
Greene County14%
Hempstead County16%
Hot Spring County11%
Howard County16%
Independence County12%
Izard County7%****
Jackson County16%
Jefferson County18%
Johnson County12%**
Lafayette County16%**
Lawrence County11%
Lee County17%**
Lincoln County12%**
Little River County16%
Logan County11%
Lonoke County11%
Madison County10%**
Marion County10%**
Miller County18%
Mississippi County20%
Monroe County21%
Montgomery County8%**
Nevada County20%**
Newton County8%****
Ouachita County19%
Perry County11%**
Phillips County24%
Pike County8%**
Poinsett County16%
Polk County11%**
Pope County11%
Prairie County11%**
Pulaski County17%
Randolph County13%**
Saline County11%
Scott County9%**
Searcy County10%**
Sebastian County14%
Sevier County12%**
Sharp County11%
St. Francis County22%
Stone County6%****
Union County16%
Van Buren County10%
Washington County10%
White County12%
Woodruff County17%**
Yell County14%

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 Single Female-Headed Households
2015-19
Arkansas County962**
Ashley County976
Baxter County1,199
Benton County9,760
Boone County1,360
Bowie County, Texas5,654
Bradley County596
Calhoun County162****
Carroll County824**
Chicot County709
Clark County1,167
Clay County761
Cleburne County882**
Cleveland County429**
Columbia County1,467
Conway County1,128
Craighead County6,419
Crawford County2,888
Crittenden County4,158
Cross County1,052
Dallas County436**
Desha County1,033
Drew County806**
Faulkner County5,038
Franklin County608**
Fulton County532**
Garland County5,095
Grant County789**
Greene County2,334
Hempstead County1,262
Hot Spring County1,406
Howard County846
Independence County1,702
Izard County328****
Jackson County978
Jefferson County4,930
Johnson County1,176**
Lafayette County436**
Lawrence County691
Lee County544**
Lincoln County466**
Little River County866
Logan County889
Lonoke County3,072
Madison County636**
Marion County711**
Miller County2,965
Mississippi County3,275
Monroe County709
Montgomery County293**
Nevada County678**
Newton County225****
Ouachita County1,787
Perry County397**
Phillips County1,791
Pike County327**
Poinsett County1,537
Polk County947**
Pope County2,529
Prairie County417**
Pulaski County26,142
Randolph County922**
Saline County4,957
Scott County359**
Searcy County325**
Sebastian County6,960
Sevier County692**
Sharp County824
St. Francis County2,025
Stone County291****
Union County2,506
Van Buren County715
Washington County8,603
White County3,429
Woodruff County495**
Yell County1,079

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
41

OUT OF 51
2015-19

STATE TREND

Increasing


13%

2015-19
1% = 11,581

What does this measure?

The percentage of households headed by a woman living with one or more related family members.

Why is this important?

Female-headed households are more likely to be in poverty, especially if children are present. These differences can signal gender disparities in access to income or employment.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015-19, 13% of households were headed by females, slightly changed from 2000 and slightly above the national rate of 12%. This makes Arkansas 41st in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Compared to 10% for white and Hispanic households and 7% for Asian households, the rate was higher for black or African American households at 29%, though that was a decline from 32% in 2000. Among Arkansas counties, rates were lowest at 6% in Stone County and 7% in Izard, Baxter and Carroll counties, and highest in Phillips (24%) and Crittenden (22%) counties.

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

Explanations about why more children of color are growing up in single parent households include the deliberate dismantling of Black families during slavery and its enduring influence on family structure. The high incarceration rates of men of color, economic strain and changing attitudes about marriage also influence these disparities.

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


Single Female-Headed Households
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas12%13%13%

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 Single Female-Headed Households
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas122,577147,682152,710

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


Single Female-Headed Households by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas16%**7%**29%10%18%******19%15%10%
Benton County20%****4%******18%****9%8%******10%****14%****10%
Craighead County36%******4%******40%11%0%******21%******10%******11%
Crittenden County0%******0%******33%11%0%******81%******18%****11%
Faulkner County27%******1%******23%10%0%******13%******16%******10%
Jefferson County0%******0%******26%9%0%******12%******3%******9%
Miller County76%******0%******30%12%0%******53%******34%******12%
Mississippi County0%******0%******34%13%100%******12%******5%******13%
Phillips County0%******0%******33%9%****0%******0%******39%******9%****
Pulaski County13%******6%****29%9%0%******30%****21%**9%
Saline County18%******11%******29%**10%0%******6%******16%******10%
Sebastian County23%****10%****27%11%0%******23%**25%****11%
St. Francis County33%******0%******32%10%**0%******0%******63%******10%**
Union County25%******16%******31%8%**0%******19%******17%******9%**

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 Single Female-Headed Households by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,167**956**50,38086,769331******4,1213,18492,571
Benton County238****155******264****7,10124******128****258****8,693
Craighead County40******13******2,3913,6410******110******58******3,807
Crittenden County0******0******2,9089330******44******258****948
Faulkner County40******2******1,1583,5200******81******114******3,643
Jefferson County0******0******3,9389340******35******7******950
Miller County69******0******1,2861,3640******119******100******1,391
Mississippi County0******0******1,9291,2529******30******15******1,292
Phillips County0******0******1,505277****0******0******9******277****
Pulaski County75******192****16,1427,9430******603****635**8,495
Saline County29******48******851**3,8400******15******99******3,915
Sebastian County125****194****9264,5020******740**353****4,622
St. Francis County4******0******1,568415**0******0******38******415**
Union County19******10******1,554798**0******14******15******894**

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.









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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