Families
Elderly Living in Poverty
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Elderly Living in Poverty
2013-17
Arkansas County12%**
Ashley County15%**
Baxter County7%**
Benton County8%
Boone County10%**
Bowie County, Texas7%**
Bradley County11%****
Calhoun County15%****
Carroll County10%**
Chicot County21%
Clark County12%**
Clay County14%**
Cleburne County8%**
Cleveland County10%****
Columbia County16%**
Conway County11%**
Craighead County8%**
Crawford County11%
Crittenden County14%
Cross County10%**
Dallas County12%****
Desha County18%**
Drew County16%**
Faulkner County9%**
Franklin County13%**
Fulton County12%****
Garland County8%
Grant County10%**
Greene County12%**
Hempstead County16%**
Hot Spring County10%**
Howard County9%****
Independence County12%**
Izard County7%****
Jackson County13%**
Jefferson County13%
Johnson County13%**
Lafayette County18%**
Lawrence County14%
Lee County17%**
Lincoln County14%****
Little River County10%**
Logan County10%**
Lonoke County10%**
Madison County10%**
Marion County10%**
Miller County12%**
Mississippi County9%**
Monroe County18%**
Montgomery County8%****
Nevada County18%**
Newton County13%**
Ouachita County15%**
Perry County10%****
Phillips County18%**
Pike County9%**
Poinsett County10%**
Polk County13%**
Pope County11%**
Prairie County10%**
Pulaski County9%
Randolph County10%**
Saline County5%**
Scott County6%******
Searcy County11%**
Sebastian County12%
Sevier County11%****
Sharp County12%**
St. Francis County16%**
Stone County15%**
Union County10%**
Van Buren County13%**
Washington County9%
White County12%
Woodruff County16%**
Yell County13%**

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 Elderly Living in Poverty
2013-17
Arkansas County392**
Ashley County570**
Baxter County817**
Benton County2,452
Boone County739**
Bowie County, Texas990**
Bradley County207****
Calhoun County161****
Carroll County574**
Chicot County420
Clark County387**
Clay County448**
Cleburne County483**
Cleveland County161****
Columbia County606**
Conway County422**
Craighead County1,046**
Crawford County1,075
Crittenden County818
Cross County282**
Dallas County173****
Desha County373**
Drew County442**
Faulkner County1,218**
Franklin County398**
Fulton County343****
Garland County1,739
Grant County292**
Greene County758**
Hempstead County573**
Hot Spring County598**
Howard County189****
Independence County690**
Izard County226****
Jackson County345**
Jefferson County1,458
Johnson County526**
Lafayette County272**
Lawrence County411
Lee County266**
Lincoln County241****
Little River County236**
Logan County402**
Lonoke County902**
Madison County279**
Marion County419**
Miller County801**
Mississippi County534**
Monroe County286**
Montgomery County183****
Nevada County284**
Newton County238**
Ouachita County661**
Perry County198****
Phillips County572**
Pike County189**
Poinsett County416**
Polk County546**
Pope County966**
Prairie County185**
Pulaski County4,805
Randolph County343**
Saline County1,013**
Scott County127******
Searcy County204**
Sebastian County2,259
Sevier County261****
Sharp County526**
St. Francis County578**
Stone County481**
Union County664**
Van Buren County522**
Washington County2,059
White County1,397
Woodruff County218**
Yell County425**

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
44

OUT OF 51
2013-17

STATE TREND

Decreasing


10%

2013-17
1% = 4,602
Seniors (ages 65+)

What does this measure?

The percentage of people over the age of 65 with incomes below the federal poverty level. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2017, the poverty threshold for two people aged 65 and older with no children was $11,756.

Why is this important?

The percentage of people living in or near poverty is a measure of the overall economic health of a region. It also indicates the level of need for social and government supports. Seniors in poverty may be particularly vulnerable to rising housing and health care bills.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2013-17, 10% of seniors were in poverty, down 4 percentage points from 2000 and similar to the national rate of 9%. This makes Arkansas 44th in the nation on this indicator. Rates were higher among women (12%) than men (8%) and much higher among black or African American seniors (22%) than white or Hispanic seniors (both 9%). The poverty rate improved the most, however, among black or African American Arkansans, falling 13 percentage points since 2000.

Within the state, rates ranged from a low of 5% in Saline County to 21% in Chicot County.

Notes about the data

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 3 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


Elderly Living in Poverty
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas14%11%10%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty
20002008-122013-17
Arkansas49,09645,23147,770

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


Elderly Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas11%****13%**22%9%11%******24%**13%**9%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas235****369**9,50235,46415******511**684**36,454

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


Elderly Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas12%8%

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 Elderly Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas31,58116,189

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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