Education
Adults with a High School Degree
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a High School Degree or Higher
2014-18
Arkansas County83%
Ashley County82%
Baxter County88%
Benton County88%
Boone County87%
Bowie County, Texas88%
Bradley County82%
Calhoun County83%
Carroll County86%
Chicot County81%
Clark County89%
Clay County81%
Cleburne County85%
Cleveland County89%
Columbia County85%
Conway County86%
Craighead County89%
Crawford County85%
Crittenden County82%
Cross County83%
Dallas County84%
Desha County79%
Drew County85%
Faulkner County91%
Franklin County83%
Fulton County85%
Garland County88%
Grant County91%
Greene County87%
Hempstead County81%
Hot Spring County85%
Howard County83%
Independence County86%
Izard County85%
Jackson County79%
Jefferson County86%
Johnson County79%
Lafayette County82%
Lawrence County85%
Lee County73%
Lincoln County81%
Little River County88%
Logan County85%
Lonoke County89%
Madison County80%
Marion County87%
Miller County86%
Mississippi County81%
Monroe County77%
Montgomery County78%
Nevada County87%
Newton County83%
Ouachita County86%
Perry County83%
Phillips County78%
Pike County85%
Poinsett County81%
Polk County85%
Pope County85%
Prairie County82%
Pulaski County90%
Randolph County83%
Saline County90%
Scott County79%
Searcy County84%
Sebastian County83%
Sevier County74%
Sharp County84%
St. Francis County81%
Stone County80%
Union County85%
Van Buren County86%
Washington County85%
White County85%
Woodruff County80%
Yell County80%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
2014-18
Arkansas County10,357
Ashley County11,467
Baxter County27,899
Benton County148,718
Boone County22,576
Bowie County, Texas55,974
Bradley County6,142
Calhoun County3,101
Carroll County16,858
Chicot County6,076
Clark County11,753
Clay County8,535
Cleburne County15,890
Cleveland County5,047
Columbia County12,510
Conway County12,533
Craighead County60,342
Crawford County35,728
Crittenden County25,629
Cross County9,503
Dallas County4,406
Desha County6,243
Drew County9,984
Faulkner County68,304
Franklin County9,968
Fulton County7,465
Garland County62,725
Grant County11,429
Greene County25,938
Hempstead County11,656
Hot Spring County20,479
Howard County7,353
Independence County21,574
Izard County8,615
Jackson County9,723
Jefferson County40,776
Johnson County13,719
Lafayette County4,068
Lawrence County9,640
Lee County4,955
Lincoln County8,289
Little River County7,750
Logan County13,005
Lonoke County42,160
Madison County8,794
Marion County10,822
Miller County25,581
Mississippi County22,217
Monroe County3,941
Montgomery County5,247
Nevada County5,165
Newton County4,733
Ouachita County14,304
Perry County6,022
Phillips County9,674
Pike County6,423
Poinsett County13,160
Polk County11,936
Pope County34,242
Prairie County4,910
Pulaski County240,703
Randolph County10,147
Saline County73,618
Scott County5,473
Searcy County4,912
Sebastian County70,301
Sevier County7,949
Sharp County10,307
St. Francis County14,790
Stone County7,286
Union County22,950
Van Buren County10,529
Washington County117,392
White County43,476
Woodruff County3,779
Yell County11,607

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
44

OUT OF 51
2014-18

STATE TREND

Increasing


86%

2014-18
1% = 19,993
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with at least a high school degree. This includes adults with higher degrees, such as bachelor's or master's.

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, 86% of adults had at least a high school degree, up 2 percentage points from 2009-13 and 11 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 44th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C., but similar to the U.S as a whole. Rates were fairly similar across the major racial and ethnic groups: 88% for white, 89% for Hispanic, 83% for black or African American, and 86% for Asian adults. Rates also were similar for men (85%) and women (87%).

There was some variation in rates across the state, with the lowest rates in Lee and Sevier counties (73% and 74%), and the highest rates in Grant, Pulaski, Saline and Faulkner counties (all at 90% or 91%).

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. 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 High School Degree or Higher
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas75%84%86%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas1,303,7511,621,4931,723,278

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas82%86%83%89%66%50%86%88%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas10,62724,655231,5561,367,6922,76319,48228,1321,406,063

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas87%85%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas905,131818,147

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