Families
Children Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Children Living in Poverty
2013-17
Arkansas County29%
Ashley County32%**
Baxter County18%
Benton County14%
Boone County24%
Bowie County, Texas26%
Bradley County42%
Calhoun County34%**
Carroll County24%
Chicot County41%
Clark County28%
Clay County32%
Cleburne County23%
Cleveland County31%**
Columbia County35%
Conway County28%
Craighead County25%
Crawford County24%
Crittenden County37%
Cross County27%**
Dallas County17%****
Desha County49%
Drew County29%**
Faulkner County17%
Franklin County32%**
Fulton County40%
Garland County30%
Grant County18%**
Greene County23%
Hempstead County38%
Hot Spring County20%**
Howard County36%
Independence County28%
Izard County30%**
Jackson County42%
Jefferson County39%
Johnson County31%
Lafayette County32%
Lawrence County21%
Lee County35%**
Lincoln County22%**
Little River County25%**
Logan County30%
Lonoke County17%
Madison County23%**
Marion County31%
Miller County32%
Mississippi County38%
Monroe County47%
Montgomery County29%**
Nevada County34%****
Newton County23%**
Ouachita County41%
Perry County29%**
Phillips County53%
Pike County23%**
Poinsett County35%
Polk County36%
Pope County25%
Prairie County23%**
Pulaski County26%
Randolph County29%**
Saline County10%
Scott County31%**
Searcy County18%****
Sebastian County34%
Sevier County31%
Sharp County35%
St. Francis County43%
Stone County37%**
Union County30%
Van Buren County30%
Washington County21%
White County20%
Woodruff County34%**
Yell County27%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty
2013-17
Arkansas County1,169
Ashley County1,535**
Baxter County1,261
Benton County9,754
Boone County1,943
Bowie County, Texas5,822
Bradley County1,084
Calhoun County342**
Carroll County1,457
Chicot County997
Clark County1,201
Clay County1,072
Cleburne County1,115
Cleveland County590**
Columbia County1,684
Conway County1,308
Craighead County6,308
Crawford County3,708
Crittenden County4,985
Cross County1,111**
Dallas County222****
Desha County1,461
Drew County1,112**
Faulkner County4,695
Franklin County1,313**
Fulton County953
Garland County5,750
Grant County738**
Greene County2,412
Hempstead County2,149
Hot Spring County1,356**
Howard County1,259
Independence County2,376
Izard County723**
Jackson County1,470
Jefferson County6,223
Johnson County1,973
Lafayette County423
Lawrence County764
Lee County637**
Lincoln County542**
Little River County674**
Logan County1,410
Lonoke County3,227
Madison County828**
Marion County892
Miller County3,248
Mississippi County4,346
Monroe County723
Montgomery County504**
Nevada County658****
Newton County361**
Ouachita County2,261
Perry County654**
Phillips County2,721
Pike County550**
Poinsett County1,934
Polk County1,670
Pope County3,420
Prairie County392**
Pulaski County23,812
Randolph County1,082**
Saline County2,776
Scott County785**
Searcy County284****
Sebastian County10,184
Sevier County1,552
Sharp County1,209
St. Francis County2,464
Stone County919**
Union County2,844
Van Buren County984
Washington County11,764
White County3,602
Woodruff County486**
Yell County1,452

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.



NATIONAL RANKING
46

OUT OF 50
2013-17

STATE TREND

Increasing


26%

2013-17
1% = 6,925
Children Under 18

What does this measure?

The number of children under 18 who live below the federally defined poverty line, expressed as a percentage of all children under 18. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2017, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $24,858.

Why is this important?

Children raised in impoverished environments are at higher risk for a wide variety of health and social problems, including poor performance in school. The challenges they face in childhood can diminish their chances for successful adult lives. Studies have found that the stress of living in poverty can cause biological changes in children that can lead to long-term health problems.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2013-17, 26% of children were living in poverty, up 4 percentage points from 2000 and higher than the national rate of 20%. This makes Arkansas 46th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates varied greatly among racial and ethnic groups, with 45% of black or African American and 38% of Hispanic children in poverty, compared to 20% of white children. The largest increase among the biggest groups was a 5 percentage-point jump for white children. Among counties in the state, child poverty rates ranged from 10% in Saline to 53% in Phillips.

Notes about the data

Poverty status is not reported for people in institutions, including college dormitories and military barracks, and people in living situations without conventional housing.

The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined 5 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 are released annually in December.




Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas22%27%26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas146,321188,764177,847

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas33%**12%**45%38%35%**40%29%20%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.




Number of Children Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,510**1,155**55,86631,285997**11,1859,37697,758

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%. The Census Bureau asks people to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Children Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas25%26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.




Number of Children Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas85,64892,199

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Multiyear results are from rolling American Community Survey. * Margin of error between 20% & 35% of estimate; ** margin of error between 35% & 50%; *** margin of error greater than 50%.









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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