Families
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Elderly Living in Poverty
2014-18
Arkansas County14%**
Ashley County16%**
Baxter County9%
Benton County7%
Boone County11%
Bowie County, Texas9%
Bradley County9%****
Calhoun County8%****
Carroll County10%**
Chicot County19%**
Clark County9%**
Clay County17%**
Cleburne County8%**
Cleveland County10%****
Columbia County16%**
Conway County12%**
Craighead County8%**
Crawford County11%**
Crittenden County12%
Cross County12%**
Dallas County11%****
Desha County16%**
Drew County15%**
Faulkner County11%
Franklin County13%**
Fulton County14%**
Garland County8%
Grant County8%****
Greene County9%**
Hempstead County13%**
Hot Spring County10%**
Howard County11%**
Independence County9%**
Izard County7%**
Jackson County14%**
Jefferson County12%
Johnson County14%**
Lafayette County18%**
Lawrence County11%**
Lee County13%**
Lincoln County11%****
Little River County11%**
Logan County10%**
Lonoke County8%**
Madison County10%****
Marion County11%**
Miller County11%**
Mississippi County8%**
Monroe County19%**
Montgomery County10%****
Nevada County20%**
Newton County12%**
Ouachita County15%**
Perry County11%**
Phillips County16%**
Pike County11%****
Poinsett County9%**
Polk County15%**
Pope County9%**
Prairie County9%**
Pulaski County10%
Randolph County13%**
Saline County7%
Scott County6%****
Searcy County11%**
Sebastian County10%
Sevier County9%****
Sharp County11%**
St. Francis County17%**
Stone County12%****
Union County10%**
Van Buren County10%**
Washington County9%
White County12%
Woodruff County13%**
Yell County10%**

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
2014-18
Arkansas County454**
Ashley County609**
Baxter County1,113
Benton County2,355
Boone County808
Bowie County, Texas1,308
Bradley County178****
Calhoun County90****
Carroll County610**
Chicot County386**
Clark County304**
Clay County541**
Cleburne County519**
Cleveland County156****
Columbia County622**
Conway County456**
Craighead County1,036**
Crawford County1,021**
Crittenden County740
Cross County352**
Dallas County160****
Desha County338**
Drew County439**
Faulkner County1,494
Franklin County417**
Fulton County421**
Garland County1,779
Grant County239****
Greene County629**
Hempstead County502**
Hot Spring County584**
Howard County243**
Independence County579**
Izard County233**
Jackson County381**
Jefferson County1,352
Johnson County562**
Lafayette County278**
Lawrence County344**
Lee County212**
Lincoln County198****
Little River County263**
Logan County395**
Lonoke County748**
Madison County288****
Marion County473**
Miller County750**
Mississippi County480**
Monroe County306**
Montgomery County234****
Nevada County313**
Newton County222**
Ouachita County656**
Perry County203**
Phillips County506**
Pike County222****
Poinsett County370**
Polk County636**
Pope County823**
Prairie County167**
Pulaski County5,484
Randolph County422**
Saline County1,328
Scott County128****
Searcy County207**
Sebastian County1,841
Sevier County209****
Sharp County455**
St. Francis County630**
Stone County390****
Union County676**
Van Buren County430**
Washington County2,250
White County1,497
Woodruff County180**
Yell County361**

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
40

OUT OF 51
2014-18

STATE TREND

Decreasing


10%

2014-18
1% = 4,714
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 2018, the poverty threshold for two people aged 65 and older with no children was $15,178.

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 2014-18, 10% of seniors were in poverty, down 4 percentage points from 2000 and similar to the national rate of 9%. This makes Arkansas 40th in the nation on this indicator. Rates were higher among women (12%) than men (8%) and much higher among black or African American seniors (21%) than white or Hispanic seniors (both 9%). The poverty rate improved the most, however, among black or African American Arkansans, falling 14 percentage points since 2000.

Within the state, populations of seniors in poverty were too small in most counties to report reliable data.

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
20002009-132014-18
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
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas49,09645,03448,277

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
Arkansas12%****10%****21%9%18%******25%**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
Arkansas262****341****9,51035,88826******553**754**36,831

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
Arkansas31,23817,039

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%.









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