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SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN ARKANSAS
2008–2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

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Arkansas

Subject Estimate Margin of Error Percent Percent Margin of Error
HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE
        Total households 1,128,797 +/-4,114 1,128,797 (X)
    Family households (families) 765,068 +/-4,284 67.8% +/-0.3
            With own children under 18 years 323,980 +/-3,400 28.7% +/-0.3
        Married-couple family 563,501 +/-4,760 49.9% +/-0.3
            With own children under 18 years 210,690 +/-3,524 18.7% +/-0.3
        Male householder, no wife present, family 49,436 +/-1,625 4.4% +/-0.1
            With own children under 18 years 23,821 +/-1,040 2.1% +/-0.1
        Female householder, no husband present, family 152,131 +/-2,132 13.5% +/-0.2
            With own children under 18 years 89,469 +/-1,776 7.9% +/-0.2
    Nonfamily households 363,729 +/-3,438 32.2% +/-0.3
        Householder living alone 311,434 +/-3,283 27.6% +/-0.3
            65 years and over 115,953 +/-2,274 10.3% +/-0.2
 
    Households with one or more people under 18 years 368,666 +/-3,501 32.7% +/-0.3
    Households with one or more people 65 years and over 296,466 +/-1,673 26.3% +/-0.1
 
    Average household size 2.51 +/-0.01 (X) (X)
    Average family size 3.07 +/-0.01 (X) (X)
 
 
RELATIONSHIP
        Population in households 2,836,093 ***** 2,836,093 (X)
    Householder 1,128,797 +/-4,114 39.8% +/-0.1
    Spouse 563,005 +/-4,865 19.9% +/-0.2
    Child 832,795 +/-4,568 29.4% +/-0.2
    Other relatives 186,873 +/-4,653 6.6% +/-0.2
    Nonrelatives 124,623 +/-3,885 4.4% +/-0.1
        Unmarried partner 50,460 +/-1,467 1.8% +/-0.1
 
 
MARITAL STATUS
        Males 15 years and over 1,128,872 +/-787 1,128,872 (X)
    Never married 330,745 +/-3,312 29.3% +/-0.3
    Now married, except separated 607,327 +/-4,369 53.8% +/-0.4
    Separated 23,395 +/-1,197 2.1% +/-0.1
    Widowed 33,244 +/-1,080 2.9% +/-0.1
    Divorced 134,161 +/-2,403 11.9% +/-0.2
 
        Females 15 years and over 1,196,690 +/-735 1,196,690 (X)
    Never married 276,122 +/-2,735 23.1% +/-0.2
    Now married, except separated 592,798 +/-4,210 49.5% +/-0.4
    Separated 33,631 +/-1,497 2.8% +/-0.1
    Widowed 131,026 +/-1,813 10.9% +/-0.2
    Divorced 163,113 +/-2,793 13.6% +/-0.2
 
 
FERTILITY
        Number of women 15 to 50 years old who had a birth in the past 12 months 39,227 +/-1,314 39,227 (X)
    Unmarried women (widowed, divorced, and never married) 14,746 +/-878 37.6% +/-1.8
        Per 1,000 unmarried women 42 +/-2 (X) (X)
    Per 1,000 women 15 to 50 years old 56 +/-2 (X) (X)
        Per 1,000 women 15 to 19 years old 34 +/-4 (X) (X)
        Per 1,000 women 20 to 34 years old 108 +/-4 (X) (X)
        Per 1,000 women 35 to 50 years old 15 +/-2 (X) (X)
 
 
GRANDPARENTS
        Number of grandparents living with own grandchildren under 18 years 68,924 +/-2,101 68,924 (X)
    Responsible for grandchildren 39,494 +/-1,587 57.3% +/-1.4
  Years responsible for grandchildren
            Less than 1 year 8,970 +/-929 13.0% +/-1.2
            1 or 2 years 9,162 +/-830 13.3% +/-1.2
            3 or 4 years 6,138 +/-669 8.9% +/-0.9
            5 or more years 15,224 +/-822 22.1% +/-1.1
 
        Number of grandparents responsible for own grandchildren under 18 years 39,494 +/-1,587 39,494 (X)
    Who are female 24,712 +/-975 62.6% +/-1.1
    Who are married 28,258 +/-1,483 71.6% +/-1.8
 
 
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT
        Population 3 years and over enrolled in school 745,344 +/-3,736 745,344 (X)
    Nursery school, preschool 52,262 +/-1,653 7.0% +/-0.2
    Kindergarten 39,557 +/-1,429 5.3% +/-0.2
    Elementary school (grades 1-8) 312,973 +/-1,892 42.0% +/-0.3
    High school (grades 9-12) 153,653 +/-1,777 20.6% +/-0.2
    College or graduate school 186,899 +/-2,646 25.1% +/-0.3
 
 
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
        Population 25 years and over 1,921,039 +/-913 1,921,039 (X)
    Less than 9th grade 121,478 +/-1,916 6.3% +/-0.1
    9th to 12th grade, no diploma 199,215 +/-3,381 10.4% +/-0.2
    High school graduate (includes equivalency) 674,742 +/-4,927 35.1% +/-0.3
    Some college, no degree 428,914 +/-3,869 22.3% +/-0.2
    Associate's degree 116,356 +/-2,464 6.1% +/-0.1
    Bachelor's degree 252,579 +/-3,455 13.1% +/-0.2
    Graduate or professional degree 127,755 +/-2,502 6.7% +/-0.1
 
    Percent high school graduate or higher (X) (X) 83.3% +/-0.2
    Percent bachelor's degree or higher (X) (X) 19.8% +/-0.2
 
 
VETERAN STATUS
        Civilian population 18 years and over 2,200,203 +/-730 2,200,203 (X)
    Civilian veterans 242,151 +/-2,873 11.0% +/-0.1
 
 
DISABILITY STATUS OF THE CIVILIAN NONINSTITUTIONALIZED POPULATION
        Total Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 2,862,023 +/-604 2,862,023 (X)
    With a disability 479,617 +/-4,619 16.8% +/-0.2
 
        Under 18 years 707,308 +/-380 707,308 (X)
    With a disability 40,003 +/-1,533 5.7% +/-0.2
 
        18 to 64 years 1,748,461 +/-1,018 1,748,461 (X)
    With a disability 264,107 +/-3,896 15.1% +/-0.2
 
        65 years and over 406,254 +/-649 406,254 (X)
    With a disability 175,507 +/-2,186 43.2% +/-0.5
 
 
RESIDENCE 1 YEAR AGO
        Population 1 year and over 2,881,534 +/-982 2,881,534 (X)
    Same house 2,392,397 +/-8,592 83.0% +/-0.3
    Different house in the U.S. 480,193 +/-8,528 16.7% +/-0.3
        Same county 296,906 +/-7,335 10.3% +/-0.3
        Different county 183,287 +/-4,490 6.4% +/-0.2
            Same state 104,575 +/-3,315 3.6% +/-0.1
            Different state 78,712 +/-3,222 2.7% +/-0.1
    Abroad 8,944 +/-1,009 0.3% +/-0.1
 
 
PLACE OF BIRTH
        Total population 2,916,372 ***** 2,916,372 (X)
    Native 2,787,223 +/-2,349 95.6% +/-0.1
        Born in United States 2,768,804 +/-2,618 94.9% +/-0.1
            State of residence 1,784,576 +/-5,417 61.2% +/-0.2
            Different state 984,228 +/-5,813 33.7% +/-0.2
        Born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parent(s) 18,419 +/-1,314 0.6% +/-0.1
    Foreign born 129,149 +/-2,349 4.4% +/-0.1
 
 
U.S. CITIZENSHIP STATUS
        Foreign-born population 129,149 +/-2,349 129,149 (X)
    Naturalized U.S. citizen 37,967 +/-1,683 29.4% +/-1.3
    Not a U.S. citizen 91,182 +/-2,587 70.6% +/-1.3
 
 
YEAR OF ENTRY
        Population born outside the United States 147,568 +/-2,618 147,568 (X)
 
        Native 18,419 +/-1,314 18,419 (X)
    Entered 2010 or later 509 +/-201 2.8% +/-1.0
    Entered before 2010 17,910 +/-1,252 97.2% +/-1.0
 
        Foreign born 129,149 +/-2,349 129,149 (X)
    Entered 2010 or later 5,089 +/-715 3.9% +/-0.6
    Entered before 2010 124,060 +/-2,422 96.1% +/-0.6
 
 
WORLD REGION OF BIRTH OF FOREIGN BORN
        Foreign-born population, excluding population born at sea 129,149 +/-2,349 129,149 (X)
    Europe 10,591 +/-839 8.2% +/-0.6
    Asia 27,017 +/-1,068 20.9% +/-0.8
    Africa 1,934 +/-408 1.5% +/-0.3
    Oceania 3,484 +/-380 2.7% +/-0.3
    Latin America 83,884 +/-2,058 65.0% +/-1.0
    Northern America 2,239 +/-343 1.7% +/-0.3
 
 
LANGUAGE SPOKEN AT HOME
        Population 5 years and over 2,719,637 +/-485 2,719,637 (X)
    English only 2,527,232 +/-2,935 92.9% +/-0.1
    Language other than English 192,405 +/-2,871 7.1% +/-0.1
            Speak English less than "very well" 88,468 +/-2,524 3.3% +/-0.1
        Spanish 141,370 +/-2,367 5.2% +/-0.1
            Speak English less than "very well" 69,779 +/-2,438 2.6% +/-0.1
        Other Indo-European languages 21,383 +/-1,277 0.8% +/-0.1
            Speak English less than "very well" 4,754 +/-604 0.2% +/-0.1
        Asian and Pacific Islander languages 25,163 +/-1,175 0.9% +/-0.1
            Speak English less than "very well" 12,769 +/-775 0.5% +/-0.1
        Other languages 4,489 +/-898 0.2% +/-0.1
            Speak English less than "very well" 1,166 +/-301 0.0% +/-0.1
 
 
ANCESTRY
        Total population 2,916,372 ***** 2,916,372 (X)
    American 321,053 +/-6,461 11.0% +/-0.2
    Arab 5,535 +/-947 0.2% +/-0.1
    Czech 7,315 +/-749 0.3% +/-0.1
    Danish 5,376 +/-621 0.2% +/-0.1
    Dutch 48,402 +/-2,042 1.7% +/-0.1
    English 293,634 +/-5,472 10.1% +/-0.2
    French (except Basque) 61,149 +/-2,434 2.1% +/-0.1
    French Canadian 5,826 +/-687 0.2% +/-0.1
    German 336,126 +/-4,905 11.5% +/-0.2
    Greek 3,466 +/-626 0.1% +/-0.1
    Hungarian 3,591 +/-640 0.1% +/-0.1
    Irish 358,795 +/-5,795 12.3% +/-0.2
    Italian 46,901 +/-2,159 1.6% +/-0.1
    Lithuanian 1,466 +/-368 0.1% +/-0.1
    Norwegian 13,322 +/-938 0.5% +/-0.1
    Polish 24,767 +/-1,611 0.8% +/-0.1
    Portuguese 2,697 +/-392 0.1% +/-0.1
    Russian 4,707 +/-633 0.2% +/-0.1
    Scotch-Irish 40,494 +/-1,708 1.4% +/-0.1
    Scottish 50,875 +/-1,979 1.7% +/-0.1
    Slovak 986 +/-233 0.0% +/-0.1
    Subsaharan African 8,405 +/-918 0.3% +/-0.1
    Swedish 17,651 +/-1,197 0.6% +/-0.1
    Swiss 6,030 +/-710 0.2% +/-0.1
    Ukrainian 1,543 +/-351 0.1% +/-0.1
    Welsh 12,804 +/-1,087 0.4% +/-0.1
    West Indian (excluding Hispanic origin groups) 4,247 +/-609 0.1% +/-0.1
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey.
Processed by Demographic Research, Institute for Economic Advancement, College of Business Administration, UALR
Last Modified: February 3rd, 2014

Explanation of Symbols:

  1. An '**' entry in the margin of error column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute a standard error and thus the margin of error. A statistical test is not appropriate.
  2. An '-' entry in the estimate column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution.
  3. An '-' following a median estimate means the median falls in the lowest interval of an open-ended distribution.
  4. An '+' following a median estimate means the median falls in the upper interval of an open-ended distribution.
  5. An '***' entry in the margin of error column indicates that the median falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution. A statistical test is not appropriate.
  6. An '*****' entry in the margin of error column indicates that the estimate is controlled. A statistical test for sampling variability is not appropriate.
  7. An 'N' entry in the estimate and margin of error columns indicates that data for this geographic area cannot be displayed because the number of sample cases is too small.
  8. An '(X)' means that the estimate is not applicable or not available.

  9. Note: Some areas have no reported population because there were not enough ACS questionnaires completed and returned to make a population estimate.

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