Racial Equity
Median Household Income
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Median Household Income
2015-19
Arkansas County$46,696
Ashley County$44,744
Baxter County$42,260
Benton County$66,362
Boone County$45,374
Bowie County, Texas$50,164
Bradley County$43,184
Calhoun County$46,417
Carroll County$46,110
Chicot County$34,147
Clark County$41,620
Clay County$37,233
Cleburne County$44,483
Cleveland County$46,684
Columbia County$36,193
Conway County$42,802
Craighead County$47,286
Crawford County$46,828
Crittenden County$40,161
Cross County$46,787
Dallas County$38,072
Desha County$31,893
Drew County$46,997
Faulkner County$52,827
Franklin County$38,923
Fulton County$35,405
Garland County$44,777
Grant County$55,388
Greene County$47,056
Hempstead County$42,860
Hot Spring County$43,889
Howard County$36,059
Independence County$44,319
Izard County$42,876
Jackson County$34,109
Jefferson County$40,726
Johnson County$38,511
Lafayette County$32,397
Lawrence County$39,993
Lee County$29,681
Lincoln County$46,596
Little River County$45,113
Logan County$41,466
Lonoke County$59,094
Madison County$41,682
Marion County$36,719
Miller County$43,371
Mississippi County$39,962
Monroe County$38,468
Montgomery County$35,741
Nevada County$38,042
Newton County$38,082
Ouachita County$35,425
Perry County$48,667
Phillips County$29,320
Pike County$40,401
Poinsett County$40,921
Polk County$37,974
Pope County$43,462
Prairie County$42,660
Pulaski County$51,749
Randolph County$37,218
Saline County$64,412
Scott County$36,092
Searcy County$36,438
Sebastian County$46,228
Sevier County$47,704
Sharp County$34,671
St. Francis County$35,348
Stone County$38,188
Union County$44,663
Van Buren County$38,499
Washington County$50,451
White County$44,029
Woodruff County$32,845
Yell County$43,923

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. 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
49

OUT OF 51
2015-19

STATE TREND

Maintaining


$47,597

2015-19

What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2019 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.

Why is this important?

Median household income is a gauge of overall economic health of the region and the financial resources of households. Examining income for different racial and ethnic groups is important as a measure of inequity.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015-19, the median income was about $47,600, down 4% after adjusting for inflation from 2000. This was about 76% of the national median income, making Arkansas third to last in the nation on this indicator, just above Mississippi ($45,100) and West Virginia ($46,700). Median income was by far the lowest for black or African American households at $32,100, close to the poverty threshold for a four-person family with two children (about $26,200). Median incomes were highest among Asian households at $71,700 and were nearly $51,300 for white households.

Within the state, median incomes were below $30,000 in Lee and Phillips counties and above $60,000 in Saline and Benton counties.

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

Large and persistent disparities in income are the result of historic and current policies and practices that disadvantaged people of color. Research has connected slavery and the inability of black Americans even after emancipation to fully participate in economic life to the wealth and income gaps still present today. Structural racism perpetuated by policies and practices that systematically disadvantage African American and Latino communities include inequitable education, low wages, job and wage discrimination, lack of access to capital, and globalization. Even when a recovery from the current economic crisis occurs, it is not expected to make up for the pre-existing racial disparities experienced over time unless policies are enacted to address these gaps.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2019 dollars. 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


Median Household Income
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas$49,385$44,562$47,597

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. 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


Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas$40,625$71,716$32,070$42,532$40,276$38,755$51,340
Benton County$49,583$95,190$60,000$53,554$62,877$66,662$65,493
Craighead County$******$33,125******$30,564$33,482**$32,415****$25,547****$51,477
Crittenden County$******$68,882$31,509$27,500******$20,476******$31,281$55,716
Faulkner County$62,679******$63,947**$35,776$30,300$30,921$38,989******$56,927
Jefferson County$******$60,960**$34,776$32,679**$28,278**$30,461******$51,952
Miller County$******$******$27,835**$25,764******$28,958******$30,274**$52,743
Mississippi County$******$78,696**$30,858$40,164**$41,150**$33,036******$45,390
Phillips County$******$******$20,054$******$******$******$48,615**
Pulaski County$49,417******$78,514$36,475$43,411$40,096$55,273**$64,057
Saline County$******$73,167****$56,375$53,330$43,929****$50,673**$65,417
Sebastian County$46,563******$52,281$33,231$37,280$38,063$36,743**$48,023
St. Francis County$11,667****$******$29,248$******$******$38,158$41,685
Union County$******$84,071$28,122$******$******$14,706******$54,772

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars. 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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