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Racial Equity
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2015-19
Arkansas County16%
Ashley County12%
Baxter County18%
Benton County33%
Boone County16%
Bowie County, Texas21%
Bradley County14%
Calhoun County11%**
Carroll County21%
Chicot County16%
Clark County27%
Clay County13%
Cleburne County16%
Cleveland County16%
Columbia County20%
Conway County16%
Craighead County26%
Crawford County16%
Crittenden County17%
Cross County14%
Dallas County12%
Desha County14%
Drew County23%
Faulkner County31%
Franklin County12%
Fulton County12%**
Garland County22%
Grant County19%
Greene County16%
Hempstead County15%
Hot Spring County13%
Howard County14%
Independence County18%
Izard County13%
Jackson County10%
Jefferson County18%
Johnson County15%
Lafayette County16%
Lawrence County15%
Lee County11%
Lincoln County10%**
Little River County13%
Logan County13%
Lonoke County21%
Madison County14%
Marion County17%
Miller County17%
Mississippi County14%
Monroe County13%
Montgomery County13%
Nevada County15%**
Newton County20%
Ouachita County14%
Perry County13%
Phillips County14%
Pike County17%
Poinsett County11%
Polk County14%
Pope County23%
Prairie County15%
Pulaski County34%
Randolph County14%
Saline County27%
Scott County9%**
Searcy County12%**
Sebastian County21%
Sevier County13%
Sharp County10%
St. Francis County10%
Stone County14%**
Union County21%
Van Buren County15%
Washington County33%
White County21%
Woodruff County14%**
Yell County13%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
2015-19
Arkansas County1,959
Ashley County1,703
Baxter County5,682
Benton County58,000
Boone County4,193
Bowie County, Texas13,041
Bradley County1,078
Calhoun County424**
Carroll County4,213
Chicot County1,182
Clark County3,508
Clay County1,323
Cleburne County2,906
Cleveland County926
Columbia County2,879
Conway County2,263
Craighead County18,091
Crawford County6,747
Crittenden County5,400
Cross County1,661
Dallas County610
Desha County1,100
Drew County2,656
Faulkner County23,183
Franklin County1,459
Fulton County1,083**
Garland County15,464
Grant County2,380
Greene County4,859
Hempstead County2,162
Hot Spring County3,227
Howard County1,192
Independence County4,406
Izard County1,332
Jackson County1,239
Jefferson County8,439
Johnson County2,679
Lafayette County775
Lawrence County1,730
Lee County726
Lincoln County1,004**
Little River County1,090
Logan County2,043
Lonoke County9,944
Madison County1,590
Marion County2,151
Miller County4,970
Mississippi County3,771
Monroe County639
Montgomery County902
Nevada County853**
Newton County1,172
Ouachita County2,370
Perry County918
Phillips County1,653
Pike County1,301
Poinsett County1,804
Polk County1,981
Pope County9,220
Prairie County923
Pulaski County91,541
Randolph County1,694
Saline County22,073
Scott County652**
Searcy County689**
Sebastian County18,122
Sevier County1,367
Sharp County1,261
St. Francis County1,861
Stone County1,279**
Union County5,642
Van Buren County1,777
Washington County46,968
White County10,659
Woodruff County655**
Yell County1,858

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



NATIONAL RANKING
49

OUT OF 51
2015-19

STATE TREND

Increasing


23%

2015-19
1% = 20,116
Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Why is this important?

An educated population makes a more attractive workforce. Well-educated workers likely have access to more economic opportunities than workers with less education. High educational attainment represents a region's investment in human capital and preparation for long-term growth.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2015-19, 23% of adults had a bachelor's or higher degree, up 2 percentage points from 2010-14 and up 6 points from 2000. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation on this indicator (including Washington, D.C.), and only slightly higher than West Virginia and Mississippi. The rate was far higher among Asian adults (49%) than Hispanic (10%), white (24%), or African American (16%) adults. Rates were similar for men (22%) and women (24%).

Benton, Washington and Pulaski counties had the highest rates of 33-34%, while Lincoln, St. Francis, Jackson and Sharp counties had rates at 10%, with Scott County at 9% Since 2000, Benton had the largest increase in its rate (13 percentage points).

Notes about the data

Adults are people 25 and older. The multi-year figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five 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 three 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


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas17%21%23%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of adults with Bachelor's Degree or Higher
20002010-142015-19
Arkansas288,428402,591463,236

Source: U.S. Census Bureau






Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas15%49%16%10%7%****9%22%24%
Benton County16%**73%49%13%15%****19%****35%32%
Craighead County0%******50%**16%**14%****0%******21%******21%******28%
Crittenden County7%******47%****12%6%******0%******0%******12%****23%
Faulkner County23%******58%**30%14%****0%******9%******33%****31%
Jefferson County0%******22%******19%8%******48%******15%******13%******17%
Miller County6%******64%******9%**9%******0%******11%******11%******19%
Mississippi County0%******17%******10%**8%******0%******7%******17%******16%
Phillips County0%******0%******9%**0%******0%******0%******0%******21%
Pulaski County18%****60%21%13%65%******11%****35%41%
Saline County11%******37%**29%15%****0%******17%******22%******27%
Sebastian County16%******25%**9%****8%**0%******7%****26%**23%
St. Francis County0%******81%******8%**10%******0%******17%******28%******11%
Union County16%******17%******10%**11%******0%******9%******24%******26%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian and Native AlaskanAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative Hawaiian and Other Pacific IslanderSome Other RaceTwo or More RacesWhite
Arkansas1,96514,67344,37511,355323****3,5937,471390,836
Benton County395**4,9921,3483,008145****571****1,19849,351
Craighead County0******346**1,270**354****0******227******155******16,093
Crittenden County6******106****1,59938******0******0******218****3,471
Faulkner County79******487**2,323311****0******98******361****19,835
Jefferson County0******134******4,66562******16******69******54******3,501
Miller County11******95******611**76******0******57******42******4,154
Mississippi County0******27******833**71******0******32******69******2,810
Phillips County0******0******607**0******0******0******0******1,046
Pulaski County141****3,63918,6751,629116******410****1,51067,050
Saline County26******395**1,510400****0******69******236******19,837
Sebastian County155******906**493****694**0******406****642**15,520
St. Francis County0******87******741**72******0******65******63******905
Union County33******27******792**71******0******19******31******4,740

Source: U.S. Census Bureau





Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas24%22%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau




Number of Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher, by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas251,993211,243

Source: U.S. Census Bureau









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