Information About Arkansas

The total estimated population is 2,673,400. Density is very low at 51 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 2,637,656; Black: 2,138,598; American Indian: 418,950; Two or More Races: 40,412; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 20,220; Asian: 17,808; Other Race: 1,668; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 2,673,400 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 73,690 foreign born residents, of which 29.9% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 33,704; El Salvador: 4,469; Germany: 3,346; Vietnam: 3,002; United Kingdom: 2,259; Laos: 2,017; Philippines: 1,867; U.S. Born: This State: 1,707,529; South: 408,752; Midwest: 286,536; West: 139,168; Northeast: 43,881;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Arkansas Most Common US Birthplaces in Arkansas

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 36 years.

Age Distribution

There are 165,860 married couples with children and 128,952 single-parent households (2,391 men, 126,561 women).

The median household income is $32,182 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Arkansas: $32,182;

16% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Arkansas: 16%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 832,260; Government: 175,360; Self-employed: 77,220; Unpaid family work: 18,101; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 325,169; Sales and office: 294,360; Production, transportation, and material moving: 246,213; Professional and related: 192,737; Office and administrative support: 165,752; Service: 165,701;

Work Types in Arkansas Common Occupations in Arkansas

The average commute time is 23 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 927,213; Car or truck (carpooled): 163,626; Worked at home: 30,111; Walked: 21,915; Public transportation: 5,127; Bicycle: 1,511; Motorcycle: 1,139;

Transportation to work methods in Arkansas

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Arkansas.

There are 1,173,043 housing units, of which 830,281 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 723,535; Renter: 319,161; Vacant: 130,347; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 439,975; Not Mortgaged: 283,560;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Arkansas

The median single family home value is $72,800.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Arkansas: $737;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Arkansas: $339;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 82,464; 1940 to 1949: 70,544; 1950 to 1959: 114,526; 1960 to 1969: 169,228; 1970 to 1979: 265,647; 1980 to 1989: 211,664; 1990 to 1994: 105,115; 1995 to 1998: 118,105; 1999 to March 2000: 35,750;

1.7% of homes lack plumbing and 5.4% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 506,400; Electricity: 340,734; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 140,936; Wood: 49,379;