Families
Median Household Income
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Median Household Income
2018-22
Arkansas County$58,695
Ashley County$44,804
Baxter County$47,403
Benton County$85,269
Boone County$52,275
Bowie County, Texas$56,628
Bradley County$43,688
Calhoun County$60,237
Carroll County$56,826
Chicot County$36,593
Clark County$48,071
Clay County$44,685
Cleburne County$52,780
Cleveland County$48,913
Columbia County$47,441
Conway County$50,282
Craighead County$55,169
Crawford County$56,702
Crittenden County$51,860
Cross County$48,129
Dallas County$40,085**
Desha County$38,067
Drew County$44,968
Faulkner County$61,273
Franklin County$47,695
Fulton County$38,917
Garland County$54,229
Grant County$68,598
Greene County$54,879
Hempstead County$45,049
Hot Spring County$50,260
Howard County$44,824
Independence County$52,361
Izard County$46,159
Jackson County$41,929
Jefferson County$46,855
Johnson County$42,470
Lafayette County$40,262**
Lawrence County$43,606
Lee County$33,801
Lincoln County$50,526
Little River County$58,627
Logan County$51,131
Lonoke County$68,078
Madison County$51,514
Marion County$42,891
Miller County$47,613
Mississippi County$50,012
Monroe County$41,786**
Montgomery County$47,103
Nevada County$43,421
Newton County$50,699
Ouachita County$47,348
Perry County$53,980
Phillips County$37,458
Pike County$49,248
Poinsett County$43,440
Polk County$48,449
Pope County$51,678
Prairie County$47,045
Pulaski County$58,326
Randolph County$45,993
Saline County$73,236
Scott County$45,340
Searcy County$42,063
Sebastian County$54,047
Sevier County$53,567
Sharp County$43,332
St. Francis County$39,822
Stone County$37,664**
Union County$49,745
Van Buren County$45,768
Washington County$61,985
White County$51,144
Woodruff County$49,608
Yell County$55,879

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2022 dollars. 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
49

OUT OF 51
2018-22

STATE TREND

Maintaining


$56,335

2018-22

What does this measure?

Median household income, in 2022 dollars. Half of incomes are below the median and half are above.

Why is this important?

Median household income is a gauge of overall economic health of the region and the financial resources of households. Examining income for different racial and ethnic groups is important as a measure of inequity.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018-22, the median income was about $56,300, up 9% after adjusting for inflation from 2008-12. This was about 75% of the national median income, making Arkansas third to last in the nation on this indicator, just above West Virginia ($55,200) and Mississippi ($53,000). Median income was by far the lowest for Black or African American households at $37,400. Median incomes were highest among Asian households at $85,000 and nearly $61,000 for white households.

Within the state, median incomes were below $37,000 in Lee and Chicot counties and above $70,000 in Saline and Benton counties.

What contributes to racial and ethnic disparities?

Large and persistent disparities in income are the result of historic and current policies and practices that disadvantage people of color. Research has connected slavery and the inability of Black Americans even after emancipation to fully participate in economic life to the wealth and income gaps still present today. Structural racism perpetuated by policies and practices that systematically disadvantage African American and Latino communities include inequitable education, low wages, job and wage discrimination, lack of access to capital, and globalization. Even when a recovery from the current economic crisis occurs, it is not expected to make up for the pre-existing racial disparities experienced over time unless policies are enacted to address these gaps.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2022 dollars. 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


Median Household Income
2008-122013-172018-22
Arkansas$51,663$52,309$56,335
United States$67,616$68,832$75,149

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2022 dollars. 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


Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas$51,043$85,002$37,395$54,771$52,070$54,985$60,756
Benton County$66,984$116,121$79,590**$70,922$89,083$82,404$83,699
Craighead County$68,090****$56,500****$30,889**$47,500**$37,198******$51,771****$61,422
Crittenden County$******$78,286**$38,343$41,165$65,735******$40,714**$68,803
Faulkner County$54,500******$******$41,393$45,562**$56,087****$65,322$63,873
Jefferson County$2,499$******$42,390$62,969******$******$44,098$59,198
Miller County$250,001$******$29,029$47,062****$47,138******$80,397****$56,780
Mississippi County$******$******$31,259$62,958**$46,292$55,379****$61,551
Phillips County$******$******$27,216**$******$******$40,000******$55,815**
Pulaski County$55,938******$68,125**$41,738$43,251$41,391**$47,054$75,249
Saline County$83,689**$65,360******$67,148$68,048$51,953******$64,231**$74,828
Sebastian County$42,652****$70,109$38,539$48,247$44,304$54,848$56,477
St. Francis County$13,889******$******$30,883$48,882$******$47,957**$50,568
Union County$56,471******$61,414**$33,736$******$34,597******$50,139******$62,927

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Figures are in constant 2022 dollars. 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.









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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