Education
Adults with a High School Degree
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a High School Degree or Higher
2018-22
Arkansas County86%
Ashley County86%
Baxter County90%
Benton County90%
Boone County91%
Bowie County, Texas90%
Bradley County86%
Calhoun County85%
Carroll County86%
Chicot County80%
Clark County90%
Clay County84%
Cleburne County88%
Cleveland County92%
Columbia County88%
Conway County89%
Craighead County90%
Crawford County85%
Crittenden County86%
Cross County83%
Dallas County88%
Desha County79%
Drew County87%
Faulkner County93%
Franklin County86%
Fulton County87%
Garland County91%
Grant County93%
Greene County88%
Hempstead County84%
Hot Spring County89%
Howard County88%
Independence County87%
Izard County83%
Jackson County86%
Jefferson County89%
Johnson County80%
Lafayette County81%
Lawrence County82%
Lee County84%
Lincoln County83%
Little River County91%
Logan County88%
Lonoke County90%
Madison County85%
Marion County88%
Miller County87%
Mississippi County83%
Monroe County80%
Montgomery County87%
Nevada County90%
Newton County85%
Ouachita County88%
Perry County91%
Phillips County82%
Pike County89%
Poinsett County82%
Polk County88%
Pope County85%
Prairie County86%
Pulaski County92%
Randolph County87%
Saline County92%
Scott County84%
Searcy County82%
Sebastian County85%
Sevier County74%
Sharp County85%
St. Francis County84%
Stone County86%
Union County87%
Van Buren County84%
Washington County87%
White County86%
Woodruff County84%
Yell County77%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
2018-22
Arkansas County10,221
Ashley County11,354
Baxter County28,664
Benton County169,954
Boone County23,793
Bowie County, Texas56,416
Bradley County6,099
Calhoun County2,953
Carroll County17,312
Chicot County5,627
Clark County11,148
Clay County8,718
Cleburne County16,361
Cleveland County4,973
Columbia County12,530
Conway County12,920
Craighead County64,108
Crawford County35,122
Crittenden County26,163
Cross County9,654
Dallas County4,131
Desha County6,074
Drew County9,528
Faulkner County71,796
Franklin County10,371
Fulton County7,565
Garland County66,087
Grant County11,681
Greene County27,207
Hempstead County11,158
Hot Spring County21,269
Howard County7,520
Independence County22,044
Izard County8,701
Jackson County10,288
Jefferson County40,715
Johnson County13,870
Lafayette County3,659
Lawrence County9,009
Lee County5,172
Lincoln County8,354
Little River County7,622
Logan County13,392
Lonoke County44,715
Madison County9,902
Marion County11,296
Miller County25,097
Mississippi County21,723
Monroe County3,826
Montgomery County5,610
Nevada County5,069
Newton County4,447
Ouachita County13,890
Perry County6,509
Phillips County8,749
Pike County6,325
Poinsett County12,781
Polk County11,899
Pope County35,007
Prairie County5,130
Pulaski County249,351
Randolph County11,177
Saline County79,213
Scott County5,792
Searcy County4,701
Sebastian County73,022
Sevier County7,216
Sharp County10,666
St. Francis County13,718
Stone County7,821
Union County23,102
Van Buren County9,937
Washington County131,555
White County43,633
Woodruff County3,703
Yell County10,723

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
42

OUT OF 51
2018-22

STATE TREND

Increasing


88%

2018-22
1% = 20,318
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 2018-22, 88% of adults had at least a high school degree, up 2 percentage points from 2013-17 and 13 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 42nd 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 higher among white (90%), Black or African American (87%), and Asian adults (87%), than Hispanic (62%) adults. Rates were similar for men (87%) and women (89%).

There was some variation in rates across the state, with the lowest rates in Sevier and Yell counties (74% and 77%, respectively), and the highest rates in Faulkner and Grant counties both at 93%.

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

There are a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in graduation rates and other measures of student achievement. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color.

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
20002013-172018-22
Arkansas75%86%88%
United States80%87%89%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with a high school degree or higher
20002013-172018-22
Arkansas1,303,7511,699,6531,792,192
United States146,496,014188,834,530202,001,294

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%87%87%62%60%57%83%90%
Benton County82%90%96%65%64%**67%83%93%
Craighead County81%******87%**90%60%0%******66%**85%**91%
Crittenden County82%******93%**81%64%**0%******12%******87%90%
Faulkner County78%****92%**94%78%100%******73%**91%93%
Jefferson County99%******86%**88%74%**100%******64%****91%**90%
Miller County97%****100%******88%56%**0%******56%****80%****87%
Mississippi County30%******100%******81%59%**100%******66%****74%**85%
Phillips County100%******100%******80%81%******0%******22%******56%******86%
Pulaski County86%**92%91%71%92%******70%88%94%
Saline County88%******84%**89%65%100%******75%**84%93%
Sebastian County90%**78%82%55%0%******49%84%90%
St. Francis County79%******100%******82%65%****0%******86%******47%****89%
Union County96%******98%******81%69%**0%******49%******88%**90%

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
Arkansas8,92627,541246,29876,6733,38927,33987,2211,391,478
Benton County1,7357,3253,10817,167618**4,17422,131130,863
Craighead County201******674**8,0691,7170******869**1,831**52,464
Crittenden County18******256**11,377445**0******10******1,59512,907
Faulkner County197****708**7,7742,04913******845**1,81360,446
Jefferson County79******324**21,261691**143******352****705**17,851
Miller County229****12******5,814540**0******316****502****18,224
Mississippi County15******108******6,758597**9******222****772**13,839
Phillips County4******93******4,99267******0******4******87******3,569
Pulaski County731**5,82384,2128,97295******3,7857,233147,472
Saline County191******930**5,6752,07227******894**1,91469,582
Sebastian County771**3,1003,8855,2820******3,1854,19357,888
St. Francis County75******25******6,661592****0******346******227****6,384
Union County50******197******6,565542**0******68******471**15,751

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a High School Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas89%87%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a High School Degree or higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas933,350858,842

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Child Care for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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