Education
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2013-17
Arkansas County14%
Ashley County13%
Baxter County18%
Benton County32%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas19%
Bradley County14%
Calhoun County12%**
Carroll County19%
Chicot County13%
Clark County26%
Clay County11%
Cleburne County16%
Cleveland County17%
Columbia County21%
Conway County16%
Craighead County27%
Crawford County15%
Crittenden County17%
Cross County14%
Dallas County14%
Desha County13%
Drew County18%
Faulkner County30%
Franklin County11%
Fulton County12%**
Garland County20%
Grant County19%
Greene County16%
Hempstead County13%
Hot Spring County14%
Howard County15%
Independence County18%
Izard County13%
Jackson County9%
Jefferson County17%
Johnson County16%
Lafayette County15%
Lawrence County15%
Lee County8%**
Lincoln County8%**
Little River County10%
Logan County12%
Lonoke County20%
Madison County12%
Marion County16%
Miller County16%
Mississippi County12%
Monroe County9%**
Montgomery County12%
Nevada County17%**
Newton County16%**
Ouachita County15%
Perry County13%**
Phillips County11%
Pike County15%
Poinsett County10%
Polk County13%
Pope County22%
Prairie County14%
Pulaski County34%
Randolph County14%
Saline County26%
Scott County10%**
Searcy County13%**
Sebastian County19%
Sevier County11%
Sharp County10%
St. Francis County10%
Stone County13%**
Union County20%
Van Buren County13%
Washington County32%
White County21%
Woodruff County11%**
Yell County14%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2013-17
Arkansas County1,793
Ashley County1,899
Baxter County5,820
Benton County51,732
Boone County4,203
Bowie County, Texas12,159
Bradley County1,087
Calhoun County457**
Carroll County3,782
Chicot County1,016
Clark County3,478
Clay County1,137
Cleburne County2,982
Cleveland County975
Columbia County3,190
Conway County2,297
Craighead County17,669
Crawford County6,048
Crittenden County5,262
Cross County1,589
Dallas County752
Desha County1,008
Drew County2,150
Faulkner County21,891
Franklin County1,371
Fulton County1,072**
Garland County14,225
Grant County2,367
Greene County4,747
Hempstead County1,887
Hot Spring County3,282
Howard County1,367
Independence County4,522
Izard County1,307
Jackson County1,150
Jefferson County8,023
Johnson County2,697
Lafayette County762
Lawrence County1,761
Lee County579**
Lincoln County815**
Little River County921
Logan County1,835
Lonoke County9,433
Madison County1,261
Marion County2,004
Miller County4,681
Mississippi County3,395
Monroe County484**
Montgomery County831
Nevada County997**
Newton County909**
Ouachita County2,576
Perry County932**
Phillips County1,413
Pike County1,133
Poinsett County1,597
Polk County1,768
Pope County8,877
Prairie County831
Pulaski County89,148
Randolph County1,761
Saline County20,433
Scott County729**
Searcy County765**
Sebastian County16,047
Sevier County1,133
Sharp County1,291
St. Francis County1,759
Stone County1,219**
Union County5,486
Van Buren County1,589
Washington County42,962
White County10,540
Woodruff County550**
Yell County1,987

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
49

OUT OF 51
2013-17

STATE TREND

Increasing


22%

2013-17
1% = 19,858
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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 2013-17, 22% of adults had a bachelor's or higher degree, up 2 percentage points from 2008-12 and up 5 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator, and only slightly higher than West Virginia and Mississippi. The rate was far higher among Asian adults (50%) than Hispanic (24%), white (23%), or African American (15%) adults. Rates were similar for men (21%) and women (23%).

Benton, Washington and Pulaski counties had the highest rates of 32-34%, while Lincoln, Lee, Jackson and Monroe counties had rates below 10%. Since 2000, Benton had the largest increase in its rate (12 percentage points).

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. 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 three 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


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas17%20%22%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas288,428380,334437,428

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas15%50%15%24%5%******8%22%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,90313,52940,910364,441194******2,7906,783371,319

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas23%21%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas234,593202,835

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
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 Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
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 Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
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


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