Polk County, AR

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2020 Population
19,999
0.473% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
44.4
1.14% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
22.2%
6.69% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$39,084
2.92% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$103,700
4.43% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
7,335
1.72% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Polk County, AR had a population of 20k people with a median age of 44.4 and a median household income of $39,084. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Polk County, AR declined from 20,094 to 19,999, a −0.473% decrease and its median household income grew from $37,974 to $39,084, a 2.92% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.1%), White (Hispanic) (3.01%), Other (Hispanic) (2.77%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.42%).

None of the households in Polk County, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.1% of the residents in Polk County, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Polk County, AR are University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain (326 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Polk County, AR was $103,700, and the homeownership rate was 75.8%.

Most people in Polk County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, AR was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Polk County, AR is home to a population of 20k people, from which 97.1% are citizens. As of 2020, 4.05% of Polk County, AR residents were born outside of the country (810 people).

In 2020, there were 28.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.5k people) in Polk County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 619 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 601 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.1%
2020 Citizenship
96.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 97.1% of Polk County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, AR was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Polk County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    17.5k ± 103
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    619 ± 129
  3. White (Hispanic)
    601 ± 128
6.56%
Hispanic Population
1.31k people

In 2020, there were 28.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.5k people) in Polk County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 619 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 601 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.56% of the people in Polk County, AR are hispanic (1.31k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Polk County, AR as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,610 ± 6,079 people
  2. El Salvador
    14,219 ± 2,921 people
  3. India
    8,923 ± 2,316 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,610 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,219 and India with 8,923.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.05%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
810 people
4.34%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
873 people

As of 2020, 4.05% of Polk County, AR residents (810 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Polk County, AR was 4.34%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    913 ± 163
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    229 ± 97
  3. Korea
    83 ± 57

Polk County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.99 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Polk County, AR employs 7.34k people. The largest industries in Polk County, AR are Manufacturing (1,246 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (961 people), and Retail Trade (863 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($50,000), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($44,896), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($42,917).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,744. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

7.34k
2020 Value
± 579
1.72%
1 Year growth
± 10.7%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Polk County, AR grew at a rate of 1.72%, from 7.21k employees to 7.34k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, AR, are Production Occupations (818 people), Management Occupations (766 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (637 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

7.34k
2020 Value
± 579
1.72%
1 Year growth
± 10.7%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Polk County, AR grew at a rate of 1.72%, from 7.21k employees to 7.34k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, AR, are Manufacturing (1,246 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (961 people), and Retail Trade (863 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Polk County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$32,883
Median earning men ± $2,275
$21,093
Median earning women ± $1,065

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,500), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($42,390), and Wholesale Trade ($41,953).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($68,571), Public Administration ($63,007), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($31,111).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 147
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 114
    Manufacturing
  3. 106
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $147k
    Manufacturing
  2. $35.7k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $29.7k
    Retail Trade

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $14.2B
  2. $13.7B
  3. $9.55B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $14.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($13.7B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($9.55B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$144B
2020 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
87.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $144B. This is expected to increase 87.8% to $271B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arkansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $11.8B
  2. $6.92B
  3. $5.91B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $11.8B, followed by Mississippi with $6.92B and Oklahoma and $5.91B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arkansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Polk County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 82.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (14.7%), followed by Other (1.48%).

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arkansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Polk County, AR awarded 326 degrees. The student population of Polk County, AR in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 273 male students and 525 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Polk County, AR are White (298 and 92%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (8 and 2.47%), Two or More Races (7 and 2.16%), and Asian (5 and 1.54%).

The largest universities in Polk County, AR by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain (326 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Polk County, AR are General Studies (37 and 11.3%), Welding Technology (35 and 10.7%), and Health Information & Medical Records Technology (33 and 10.1%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 798 students enrolled in Polk County, AR, 34.2% men and 65.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 626 records, of which 67.1% were women and 32.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 32 degree-majors awarded
  2. 24 degree-majors awarded
  3. 22 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Polk County, AR was General Studies with 32 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Polk County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
326 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain with 326 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 105 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Polk County, AR, which is 0.475 times less than the 221 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 298 degrees mean that there were 37.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 8 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,328) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($1,080) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($750) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.79% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.729% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (800k), Some college (553k), and Secondary Education (375k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, AR was $103,700 in 2020, which is 0.451 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $99,300 to $103,700, a 4.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, AR is 75.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Polk County, AR have an average commute time of 22.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Polk County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Polk County, AR is $39,084. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Polk County, AR was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $44,552, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $43,836 and $37,561.

In 2021, 17.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Polk County, AR. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 4.85%.

Property

$103,700
Median Property Value 2020
±$11,375
$6,150
Median Property Taxes
±$442

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Polk County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Polk County, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.8%
Homeownership
2020
72.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 75.8% of the housing units in Polk County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 76.7%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Polk County, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9505
  2. Census Tract 9504
  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, AR was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $44,552, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $43,836 and $37,561.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Polk County, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$39,084
Median Household Income
± $3,076
8.11k
Number of Households
± 595

In 2020, the median household income of the 8.11k households in Polk County, AR grew to $39,084 from the previous year's value of $37,974.

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $20k - $25k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Polk County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2020, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77.6%)
  2. Carpooled (15.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.18%)

In 2020, 77.6% of workers in Polk County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.8%) and those who worked at home (4.18%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, AR have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.89% of the workforce in Polk County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Polk County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Polk County, AR have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 17.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Polk County, AR. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 4.85%.

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Poverty & Diversity

22.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, AR (4.37k out of 19.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Polk County, AR is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2021, 28.9% of the children was living in poverty in Polk County, AR. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 7.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 297 in Polk County, AR. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 2.4 per 100,000 population.

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90.4% of the population of Polk County, AR has health coverage, with 27.8% on employee plans, 27.6% on Medicaid, 15.1% on Medicare, 16.6% on non-group plans, and 3.39% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Arkansas was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Polk County, AR see 1337 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.96% decrease from the previous year (1437 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2218 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1109 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,337 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Polk County, AR

Primary care physicians in Polk County, AR see an average of 1,337 patients per year. This represents a 6.96% decrease from the previous year (1,437 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Polk County, AR in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Arkansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.1% under 18 years, 16.2% between 18 and 34 years, 37.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.7% were men and 52.3% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

9.58%
Uninsured
27.8%
Employer Coverage
27.6%
Medicaid
15.1%
Medicare
16.6%
Non-Group
3.39%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, AR declined by 8.55% from 10.5% to 9.58%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Polk County, AR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Polk County, AR.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.9% in Polk County, AR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.2% in Polk County, AR.

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