Arkansas Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Arkansas, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Arkansas

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Arkansas based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 72223 Pulaski County $166,005.00
2 72135 Pulaski County $165,604.00
3 72207 Pulaski County $164,817.00
4 72718 Benton County $160,762.00
5 72212 Pulaski County $154,398.00
6 72368 Lee County, Monroe County $148,152.00
7 72712 Benton County $142,453.00
8 72719 Benton County $136,031.00
9 72156 Conway County $135,938.00
10 72758 Benton County $132,022.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Arkansas.

Richest Cities in Arkansas

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Arkansas. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Arkansas by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Goshen Washington County $218,407.00
2 Cave Springs Benton County $177,330.00
3 Wooster Faulkner County $172,026.00
4 Marrs Hill Washington County $165,429.00
5 Johnson Washington County $157,528.00
6 Eagle Lonoke County $153,333.00
7 Elm Springs Washington County $153,302.00
8 Powell Craighead County $149,207.00
9 Elm Springs Benton County, Washington County $149,090.00
10 Prairie Washington County $146,289.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Arkansas.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2022, the median household income in Arkansas is $56,335.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Arkansas.

  • Under 25
    $35,320.00
  • 25 to 44
    $63,883.00
  • 45 to 64
    $66,270.00
  • 65 and over
    $43,402.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Arkansas?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Arkansas is $79,592.00.

5.64% of households in Arkansas are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Arkansas but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Arkansas

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Arkansas easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    21.54%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    23.49%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    17.60%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    12.42%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    13.71%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    5.60%
  • $200,000 or more
    5.64%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Arkansas. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Arkansas by the total number of people in Arkansas.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Arkansas and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Arkansas is $31,868.00.

Population in Arkansas by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Arkansas is currently 3,018,669 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Arkansas can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Arkansas.

  • 2.00% White
    61,054
  • 91.90% Black/African American
    2,775,348
  • 69.70% Native
    2,103,784
  • 6.60% Hispanic
    199,844
  • 15.10% Asian
    454,728
  • 0.40% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    11,851
  • 0.40% Two or more races
    11,023
  • 1.50% Other
    46,593

Population of Arkansas by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Arkansas is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 192,403 182,734
10 to 19 Years 208,802 197,665
20 to 29 Years 203,956 196,840
30 to 39 Years 193,350 193,674
40 to 49 Years 183,679 181,792
50 to 59 Years 186,502 187,310
60 to 69 Years 170,002 187,923
70 Years and over 152,928 199,109

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Arkansas.

  • Master's degree or higher
    11.24%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26.48%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11.48%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    47.87%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.93%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Arkansas because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Arkansas look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Arkansas that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Arkansas that are over the age of 16 is 2,402,462 people.

The unemployment rate in Arkansas is 5.10%, which means 71,601 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Arkansas

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Arkansas. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Arkansas is 38.4 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Arkansas

38.4

Total

37.2

Male

39.6

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 1,171,694 households in Arkansas, and the average household size is 2.51 people.

For families, the total number is 763,445, and the average family size is 3.11 people.

11.60% of those families in Arkansas are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Arkansas in .

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $14,580.00
2 People $19,720.00
3 People $24,860.00
4 People $30,000.00
5 People $35,140.00
6 People $40,280.00
7 People $45,420.00
8 People $50,560.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from , while the latest demographics data we have is from 2022.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Arkansas for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 556,967 54,958 151,520 408,249
Average Household Size 3.13 3.23 3.41 1.22
Total Families 556,967 54,958 151,520 0
Average Household Size 3.1 2.87 3.2 0

Housing Data in Arkansas

There are total of 1,371,709 housing units in Arkansas. Of those units, 1,171,694 (85.42%) are occupied, and 200,015 (14.58%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 1,371,709 housing units in Arkansas, 360,399 (26.27%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $868.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 56.57% of housing units, with 775,956 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Arkansas.

  • No rent paid
    35,339
  • Less than $500
    42,755
  • $500 to $999
    193,360
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    97,552
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    18,952
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    4,266
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    1,426
  • $3,000 or more
    2,088

Property Values

The median value of a property in Arkansas is $162,400.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Arkansas.

  • Less than $50,000
    87,776
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    135,099
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    126,882
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    131,242
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    154,077
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    98,118
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    34,651
  • $1,000,000 or more
    8,111

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Arkansas.

  • 1939 or earlier
    59,725
  • 1940 to 1949
    48,086
  • 1950 to 1959
    87,222
  • 1960 to 1969
    132,886
  • 1970 to 1979
    238,723
  • 1980 to 1989
    201,141
  • 1990 to 1999
    232,205
  • 2000 to 2009
    217,880
  • 2010 to 2013
    145,577
  • 2014 or later
    8,264

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Arkansas has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    70,488
  • 1 vehicle available
    380,680
  • 2 vehicles available
    445,564
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    274,962

Commuting to Work in Arkansas

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Arkansas, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 22.2 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Arkansas.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    56,896
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    162,001
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    208,810
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    212,178
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    166,379
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    72,123
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    141,408
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    30,412
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    31,206
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    69,086
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    43,506
  • 90 or more minutes
    22,088

We can also look at the means of transport in Arkansas to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    1,051,964
  • Carpooled
    125,438
  • Public transportation
    3,744
  • Walked
    19,571
  • Other means
    15,376
  • Worked from home
    87,991

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Arkansas.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Arkansas.