Life Expectancy
Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Life Expectancy
Arkansas County75
Ashley County75
Baxter County77
Benton County79
Boone County77
Bowie County, Texas76
Bradley County74
Calhoun County76
Carroll County78
Chicot County73
Clark County76
Clay County75
Cleburne County77
Cleveland County76
Columbia County75
Conway County76
Craighead County76
Crawford County76
Crittenden County72
Cross County74
Dallas County74
Desha County74
Drew County76
Faulkner County77
Franklin County76
Fulton County76
Garland County76
Grant County76
Greene County75
Hempstead County75
Hot Spring County76
Howard County75
Independence County76
Izard County76
Jackson County74
Jefferson County74
Johnson County76
Lafayette County74
Lawrence County75
Lee County74
Lincoln County76
Little River County75
Logan County76
Lonoke County76
Madison County76
Marion County77
Miller County76
Mississippi County73
Monroe County74
Montgomery County77
Nevada County75
Newton County78
Ouachita County73
Perry County76
Phillips County71
Pike County76
Poinsett County72
Polk County76
Pope County77
Prairie County76
Pulaski County76
Randolph County76
Saline County78
Scott County76
Searcy County76
Sebastian County76
Sevier County75
Sharp County75
St. Francis County74
Stone County77
Union County74
Van Buren County77
Washington County78
White County76
Woodruff County73
Yell County75

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)







What does this measure?

Life expectancy at birth (reported in years) reflects the expected average years of life for a group of infants born in a particular year.

Why is this important?

Life expectancy at birth is a frequently used indicator of health status and is often used to gauge the health of a community. Differences in life expectancy among racial and ethnic groups may reflect differences in socioeconomic status, access to health care, and the prevalence of risk factors particular to a subpopulation.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2014, life expectancy was 76, up 3 years from 1980 but below the national figure of 79. This makes Arkansas 46th in the nation on this indicator. Life expectancy was higher for women in Arkansas than men at 79 vs. 74 years. Within the state, life expectancy ranged from 71 years in Phillips County to 79 years in Benton County.

In 2017, the latest year for which gender and race data is available, life expectancy was higher for women in Arkansas than men at 79 vs. 73 years. Life expectancy was higher for Whites than Black/African Americans, at 76 years vs. 73 years.

Notes about the data

The rates are calculated with the assumption that age-specific mortality rates stay the same throughout the lifespan of each age cohort. The most recent year for nationwide comparative data on life expectancy is 2014. The most recent year for gender and race statistics on life expectancy is 2017, and data for races other than Black and White was not available.

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Life Expectancy

Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Life Expectancy by Race/Ethnicity
Black or African AmericanWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Life Expectancy by Gender

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

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 Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
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 Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
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