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 2021 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 $158,551.00
2 72718 Benton County $154,792.00
3 72135 Pulaski County $150,020.00
4 72207 Pulaski County $144,109.00
5 72212 Pulaski County $142,213.00
6 72156 Conway County $132,216.00
7 72712 Benton County $131,063.00
8 72758 Benton County $124,097.00
9 72719 Benton County $118,084.00
10 72715 Benton County $116,962.00

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 $192,359.00
2 Cave Springs Benton County $170,290.00
3 Barnes Woodruff County $159,477.00
4 Chrisp White County $155,889.00
5 Wooster Faulkner County $148,507.00
6 Township 4 Benton County $147,673.00
7 Eagle Lonoke County $141,181.00
8 Prairie Washington County $138,560.00
9 Powell Craighead County $138,468.00
10 Marrs Hill Washington County $132,454.00

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 2020, the median household income in Arkansas is $49,475.00.

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

  • Under 25
    $31,919.00
  • 25 to 44
    $58,410.00
  • 45 to 64
    $60,778.00
  • 65 and over
    $40,259.00

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 $69,357.00.

4.55% 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
    23.36%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    24.87%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    18.07%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    11.85%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    12.58%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    4.72%
  • $200,000 or more
    4.55%

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 $27,724.00.

Population in Arkansas by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Arkansas is currently 3,011,873 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.

  • 70.60% White
    2,123,715
  • 15.20% Black/African American
    455,748
  • 0.50% Native
    13,665
  • 7.90% Hispanic
    236,001
  • 1.50% Asian
    45,575
  • 0.30% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    10,408
  • 3.80% Two or more races
    114,930
  • 0.20% Other
    6,267

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 195,133 185,095
10 to 19 Years 209,271 197,507
20 to 29 Years 200,089 194,992
30 to 39 Years 191,857 192,918
40 to 49 Years 181,618 183,572
50 to 59 Years 188,588 190,566
60 to 69 Years 168,792 186,390
70 Years and over 148,172 191,749

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
    10.93%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26.56%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11.53%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    48.01%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.98%

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 2,382,255 people.

The unemployment rate in Arkansas is 41.60%, which means 991,882 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 38.3 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

38.3

Total

37.2

Male

39.5

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 1,158,460 households in Arkansas, and the average household size is 2.53 people.

For families, the total number is 759,077, and the average family size is 3.13 people.

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

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Arkansas in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

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 553,316 54,339 151,422 399,383
Average Household Size 3.14 3.28 3.44 1.23
Total Families 553,316 54,339 151,422 0
Average Household Size 3.12 2.91 3.23 0

Housing Data in Arkansas

There are total of 1,361,880 housing units in Arkansas. Of those units, 1,158,460 (85.06%) are occupied, and 203,420 (14.94%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 1,361,880 housing units in Arkansas, 358,101 (26.29%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $803.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 56.19% of housing units, with 765,297 housing units in total.

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

  • No rent paid
    35,062
  • Less than $500
    50,038
  • $500 to $999
    213,403
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    76,825
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    12,732
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    2,852
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    924
  • $3,000 or more
    1,327

Property Values

The median value of a property in Arkansas is $142,100.00.

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

  • Less than $50,000
    96,605
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    160,609
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    147,743
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    130,065
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    126,769
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    72,866
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    24,854
  • $1,000,000 or more
    5,786

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
    60,721
  • 1940 to 1949
    48,123
  • 1950 to 1959
    88,875
  • 1960 to 1969
    134,057
  • 1970 to 1979
    240,412
  • 1980 to 1989
    202,901
  • 1990 to 1999
    237,504
  • 2000 to 2009
    216,909
  • 2010 to 2013
    129,567
  • 2014 or later
    2,811

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
    68,777
  • 1 vehicle available
    377,649
  • 2 vehicles available
    443,012
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    269,022

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 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Arkansas.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    56,506
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    163,532
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    212,690
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    214,971
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    166,334
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    70,780
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    142,363
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    30,636
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    32,027
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    70,263
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    41,834
  • 90 or more minutes
    20,770

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
    1,055,745
  • Carpooled
    129,053
  • Public transportation
    3,748
  • Walked
    19,734
  • Other means
    14,426
  • Worked from home
    72,933

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.

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