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Rural Profile of Arkansas

The Rural Profile of Arkansas 2019 is now available. Download your free copy today!

Arkansas communities have changed greatly over the past decade.  Many rural areas in the state continue to recover from the Great Recession while others grow and thrive.

To enrich communities, local leaders must be aware of factors of change in the state.

The Rural Profile of Arkansas analyzes the trends of key indicators for communities in Arkansas, which include:

  • Population,
  • Economy,
  • Infrastructure,
  • Social and Economic Stress,
  • Health,
  • Education, and
  • Local Government.

The Rural Profile also compares trends in rural and urban counties and among regions of the state.

Need a printed copy? Visit www.uaex.edu/publications/ to purchase the Rural Profile for a nominal fee.

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Infographics

Topics

 Population

Infographic showing an icon for each chapter in the Rural Profile of Arkansas. A dark blue icon of a woman for population, a bright blue icon of a bag of money for economy, a teal water drop for infrastructure, a green icon showing a downward trend of money for social & economic stress, a bright green icon of a basket of vegetables for health, a dark yellow icon of a book for education, and a red icon of a capitol building for local government.
Infographic showing the upward trend in urban population, from 1.6 million in 2007 to 1.8 million in 2017, and the downward trend in rural population, from 1.3 million in 2007 to 1.2 million in2017.

 

Employment

 

Infrastructure

Graph showing the change of employment for the State, Rural and Urban regions, and the United States between 2007 and 2017.  Employment declined for all areas during the Great Recession, but while the Urban region, Arkansas and the United States have had employment growth since 2010, Rural region employment has remained flat or declined in every year.  How has employment in your county changed since the Great Recession?  Find out at www.uaex.edu/ruralprofile.
Infographic showing the number of households with access to internet of different download speeds. A dark blue house graphic shows four to six of every ten Arkansas households have access to internet of more than 0.2 Mbps. A teal house graphic shows that only two to four households of every 10 households have access to internet of 10 Mbps or faster. Text on the infographic reads “Does internet in your county meet the federal definition of broadband?”

 

Social & Economic Stress

 

Health

Infographic showing rates of poverty in the Rural and Urban regions of Arkansas and the United States. The infographic shows that 1.5 of every 10 people in the U.S., 1.7 of every 10 people in the Urban region, and 2.1 of every 10 people in the Rural region live below the poverty line. Also depicted is the number of children who live in poverty: 2.1 of 10 in the U.S., 2.4 of 10 in the Urban region, and 3.1 of 10 in the Rural region. Text on the infographic reads “How if poverty impacting your community? Learn about the issues that matter to your community.
This infographic compares infant mortality rates in the United States and Rural and Urban regions of Arkansas. In the U.S., 5.6 of every 1,000 livebirths end in infant death, compared to 7 of 1,000 in the Urban region and 7.2 of 1,000 in the Rural region. Text reads, “How does your county’s health measure up? Learn about the issues that matter to your community.”

 

Education

 

Local Government

Infographic showing the number of people in rural and urban Arkansas counties who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. In the Urban region, 2.6 of every 10 people have a bachelor’s degree compared to only 1.5 of every 10 in the Rural region. Text reads, “How many college graduates live in your Arkansas county? Learn about the issues that matter to your community.”
Infographic depicting the share of county government revenue from property tax, sales tax, and other sources in the Rural and Urban regions of Arkansas. In rural Arkansas, 18% of county government revenue is from property tax, 27% is from sales tax, and 56% is from other sources. In the Urban region, 30% of total county government revenue is from property tax, 22% is from sales tax, and 48% is from other sources. Text on the infographic reads, “How does your county generate revenue to pay for critical services & infrastructure?”

Previous Versions of the Rural Profile of Arkansas

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