Families
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
People Living in Poverty
2014-18
Arkansas County20%
Ashley County20%
Baxter County14%
Benton County10%
Boone County15%
Bowie County, Texas17%
Bradley County23%
Calhoun County16%**
Carroll County15%
Chicot County29%
Clark County20%
Clay County23%
Cleburne County15%
Cleveland County19%
Columbia County25%
Conway County18%
Craighead County18%
Crawford County16%
Crittenden County22%
Cross County17%
Dallas County14%**
Desha County29%
Drew County21%
Faulkner County17%
Franklin County22%
Fulton County24%
Garland County19%
Grant County15%**
Greene County16%
Hempstead County24%
Hot Spring County18%
Howard County19%**
Independence County17%
Izard County17%
Jackson County23%
Jefferson County23%
Johnson County22%
Lafayette County22%
Lawrence County18%
Lee County26%**
Lincoln County19%**
Little River County16%**
Logan County21%
Lonoke County12%
Madison County17%
Marion County21%
Miller County21%
Mississippi County26%
Monroe County28%
Montgomery County19%
Nevada County28%**
Newton County14%**
Ouachita County24%
Perry County17%**
Phillips County33%
Pike County17%
Poinsett County22%
Polk County25%
Pope County18%
Prairie County16%
Pulaski County17%
Randolph County18%**
Saline County9%
Scott County22%
Searcy County21%
Sebastian County20%
Sevier County21%**
Sharp County22%
St. Francis County27%
Stone County22%**
Union County20%
Van Buren County19%
Washington County17%
White County17%
Woodruff County25%
Yell County16%

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 People Living in Poverty
2014-18
Arkansas County3,563
Ashley County4,110
Baxter County5,676
Benton County25,356
Boone County5,455
Bowie County, Texas15,158
Bradley County2,513
Calhoun County788**
Carroll County4,141
Chicot County2,962
Clark County3,887
Clay County3,352
Cleburne County3,631
Cleveland County1,574
Columbia County5,563
Conway County3,772
Craighead County18,667
Crawford County9,830
Crittenden County10,709
Cross County2,793
Dallas County948**
Desha County3,401
Drew County3,735
Faulkner County19,697
Franklin County3,823
Fulton County2,844
Garland County17,961
Grant County2,589**
Greene County7,127
Hempstead County5,271
Hot Spring County5,518
Howard County2,526**
Independence County6,254
Izard County2,156
Jackson County3,313
Jefferson County14,896
Johnson County5,728
Lafayette County1,502
Lawrence County2,846
Lee County2,009**
Lincoln County1,650**
Little River County1,913**
Logan County4,514
Lonoke County8,733
Madison County2,680
Marion County3,355
Miller County8,985
Mississippi County10,825
Monroe County2,015
Montgomery County1,666
Nevada County2,279**
Newton County1,103**
Ouachita County5,722
Perry County1,729**
Phillips County6,252
Pike County1,758
Poinsett County5,123
Polk County4,907
Pope County11,117
Prairie County1,266
Pulaski County65,935
Randolph County3,127**
Saline County9,928
Scott County2,282
Searcy County1,639
Sebastian County25,420
Sevier County3,570**
Sharp County3,616
St. Francis County6,052
Stone County2,767**
Union County7,876
Van Buren County3,103
Washington County37,160
White County12,701
Woodruff County1,608
Yell County3,475

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 51
2014-18

STATE TREND

Increasing


18%

2014-18
1% = 29,030
Individuals

What does this measure?

The percentage of residents with incomes below the federal poverty level. Poverty thresholds vary by family composition and year. In 2018, the threshold for a four-person family with two children was $25,465.

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.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2014-18, 18% of people were living in poverty, up 2 percentage points since 2000 and 4 points above the national rate. This makes Arkansas 46th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Females were a bit more likely to be in poverty, at 19%, compared to 16% of males. Some minority groups were about twice as likely as whites to be in poverty, with 31% of black or African American Arkansans and 28% of Hispanic residents in poverty, compared to 14% of white residents. Among Arkansas counties, rates ranged from a low of 9% in Saline to 33% in Phillips.

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


People Living in Poverty
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas16%19%18%

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 People Living in Poverty
20002009-132014-18
Arkansas411,777547,328510,337

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


People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas24%14%31%28%31%**28%24%14%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Data not shown where sample sizes were too small. 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 People Living in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas4,6306,116133,97759,1732,428**21,75817,646323,782

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Notes: Data not shown where sample sizes were too small. 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


People Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas19%16%

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 People Living in Poverty by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas284,484225,853

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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