Education
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2014-18
Arkansas County16%
Ashley County13%
Baxter County18%
Benton County32%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas20%
Bradley County15%
Calhoun County12%**
Carroll County20%
Chicot County15%
Clark County28%
Clay County12%
Cleburne County15%
Cleveland County16%
Columbia County21%
Conway County16%
Craighead County26%
Crawford County15%
Crittenden County18%
Cross County15%
Dallas County14%
Desha County12%
Drew County21%
Faulkner County30%
Franklin County12%
Fulton County12%**
Garland County20%
Grant County18%
Greene County16%
Hempstead County15%
Hot Spring County15%
Howard County15%
Independence County19%
Izard County14%
Jackson County10%
Jefferson County18%
Johnson County16%
Lafayette County16%
Lawrence County15%
Lee County9%**
Lincoln County9%**
Little River County11%
Logan County12%
Lonoke County20%
Madison County12%
Marion County17%
Miller County17%
Mississippi County13%
Monroe County11%
Montgomery County11%
Nevada County15%**
Newton County16%
Ouachita County16%
Perry County12%**
Phillips County14%
Pike County15%
Poinsett County10%
Polk County13%
Pope County22%
Prairie County15%
Pulaski County34%
Randolph County14%
Saline County26%
Scott County9%**
Searcy County13%**
Sebastian County20%
Sevier County12%
Sharp County11%
St. Francis County11%
Stone County13%**
Union County21%
Van Buren County14%
Washington County33%
White County21%
Woodruff County12%**
Yell County14%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2014-18
Arkansas County1,937
Ashley County1,838
Baxter County5,802
Benton County54,780
Boone County4,145
Bowie County, Texas12,626
Bradley County1,142
Calhoun County452**
Carroll County4,015
Chicot County1,110
Clark County3,642
Clay County1,228
Cleburne County2,796
Cleveland County920
Columbia County3,028
Conway County2,329
Craighead County17,809
Crawford County6,432
Crittenden County5,607
Cross County1,771
Dallas County721
Desha County984
Drew County2,420
Faulkner County22,472
Franklin County1,423
Fulton County1,043**
Garland County14,335
Grant County2,287
Greene County4,734
Hempstead County2,178
Hot Spring County3,526
Howard County1,308
Independence County4,754
Izard County1,397
Jackson County1,254
Jefferson County8,432
Johnson County2,735
Lafayette County821
Lawrence County1,696
Lee County607**
Lincoln County903**
Little River County1,003
Logan County1,846
Lonoke County9,639
Madison County1,375
Marion County2,148
Miller County4,934
Mississippi County3,521
Monroe County537
Montgomery County722
Nevada County916**
Newton County927
Ouachita County2,671
Perry County858**
Phillips County1,729
Pike County1,113
Poinsett County1,643
Polk County1,872
Pope County8,860
Prairie County903
Pulaski County90,726
Randolph County1,719
Saline County21,234
Scott County631**
Searcy County728**
Sebastian County16,641
Sevier County1,232
Sharp County1,397
St. Francis County1,947
Stone County1,173**
Union County5,638
Van Buren County1,730
Washington County45,385
White County10,878
Woodruff County569**
Yell County1,963

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
49

OUT OF 51
2014-18

STATE TREND

Increasing


23%

2014-18
1% = 19,993
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 2014-18, 23% of adults had a bachelor's or higher degree, up 3 percentage points from 2009-13 and up 6 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator (including Washington, D.C.), and only slightly higher than West Virginia and Mississippi. The rate was far higher among Asian adults (49%) than Hispanic and white (both 24%), or African American (15%) adults. Rates were similar for men (22%) and women (23%).

Benton, Washington and Pulaski counties had the highest rates of 32-34%, while Lincoln, Lee, and Scott 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
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas17%20%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas288,428389,317451,621

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%49%15%24%5%****8%21%24%

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
Arkansas1,95314,13142,638375,081212****3,2796,727382,681

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas23%22%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas243,517208,104

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









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