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Arkansans are more generous than the nation as a whole in giving to charity, but less apt to volunteer, participate in community groups and vote in local elections.
Arkansans gave 3.2% of income to charitable causes, compared to 2.2% locally. In the 2016 election, 50% of state residents voted, a small increase from 2000 and below the nation by 5 percentage points. A quarter of residents said they always vote in local elections, compared to 32% across the country. Local voting was particularly low among some groups in Arkansas, with only 15% of black residents saying they always participate and no Hispanic residents indicating this. In fact, 86% of Hispanic residents said they never vote in local elections.
About 30% of Arkansans said they participate in a community group of some kind, and 21% said they volunteer. On both measures, the state was 5 percentage points below national levels.
The state group participation rate was higher for whites (32%) than for Asians (27%) and blacks (24%), and much higher than for Hispanics (11%).
The state volunteering rate was higher for whites (22%) than for blacks (15%) or Hispanics (14%), and higher for women (25%) than men (17%).
Arkansans were as social in their neighborhoods as residents across the country, with 38% saying they talk with neighbors a few times a week or every day.
|INDICATORS||TREND | STATE|
|Grade 3 Reading||Increasing|
|Grade 8 Math||Increasing|
|Adults with a High School Degree||Increasing|
|Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher||Increasing|
|Early Prenatal Care||Increasing|
|Overweight or Obese Students||Maintaining|
|Student Drug Usage||Decreasing|
|Overweight or Obese Adults||Increasing|
|Physically Inactive Adults||Increasing|
|Insurance Coverage Rates||Increasing|
|Births to Teens||Decreasing|
|Children Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|People Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|Elderly Living in Poverty||Decreasing|
|Median Household Income||Maintaining|
|Child Abuse and Neglect||Decreasing|
|Access to Financial Services||Maintaining|
|Change in Total Jobs||Maintaining|
|Housing Affordability - Owning||Maintaining|
|Housing Affordability - Renting||Increasing|
|Voter Participation Rate||Increasing|
|Connection to Neighbors||Decreasing|
|Change in Population||Increasing|
|Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Change in Population by Age||Not Applicable|