Independence County, AR

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2020 Population
37,585
0.422% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
39.4
0.254% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
15.2%
8.95% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$48,972
10.5% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$97,900
1.01% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
16,206
1.91% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Independence County, AR had a population of 37.6k people with a median age of 39.4 and a median household income of $48,972. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Independence County, AR grew from 37,427 to 37,585, a 0.422% increase and its median household income grew from $44,319 to $48,972, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Independence County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.9%), Other (Hispanic) (3.09%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.55%), White (Hispanic) (1.9%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.8%).

None of the households in Independence 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.

98% of the residents in Independence County, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Independence County, AR are University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (631 degrees awarded in 2020) and Lyon College (144 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Independence County, AR was $97,900, and the homeownership rate was 72.7%. Most people in Independence County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Independence County, AR was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Independence County, AR is home to a population of 37.6k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2020, 3% of Independence County, AR residents were born outside of the country (1.13k people).

In 2020, there were 28.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Independence County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.16k Other (Hispanic) and 958 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Independence County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33k ± 132
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    1.16k ± 243
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    958 ± 245
6.62%
Hispanic Population
2.49k people

In 2020, there were 28.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33k people) in Independence County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.16k Other (Hispanic) and 958 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.62% of the people in Independence County, AR are hispanic (2.49k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
1.13k people
2.83%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.06k people

As of 2020, 3% of Independence County, AR residents (1.13k 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 Independence County, AR was 2.83%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 6.1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Independence County, AR was 39.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Independence County, AR are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Independence County, AR residents was 39.

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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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Citizenship

98%
2020 Citizenship
98%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98% of Independence County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Independence County, AR was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    960 ± 168
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    487 ± 144
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    361 ± 143

Independence County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Arkansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
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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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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Economy

Median household income in Independence County, AR is $48,972. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Independence County, AR was Census Tract 4905 with a value of $64,803, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4902, with respective values of $58,101 and $51,799.

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.

The economy of Independence County, AR employs 16.2k people. The largest industries in Independence County, AR are Manufacturing (3,182 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,518 people), and Educational Services (2,042 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($100,990), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,144).

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,972
2020 value
± $1,818
10.5%
1 Year Growth
± 5.91%

Households in Independence County, AR have a median annual income of $48,972, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,319 in 2019, which represents a 10.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

The PUMS dataset is not available at the County level, so we are showing data for Arkansas.
$58,913
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $2,021
$43,744
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,472

In 2020, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  1. Asian
    $58,926 ± $11,306
  2. White
    $48,329 ± $1,369
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $44,900 ± $40,512

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Arkansas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Independence 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4905
  2. Census Tract 4903
  3. Census Tract 4902

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Independence County, AR was Census Tract 4905 with a value of $64,803, followed by Census Tract 4903 and Census Tract 4902, with respective values of $58,101 and $51,799.

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

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Independence County, AR (5.54k out of 36.5k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 18 - 24.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    4,799 ± 542
  2. Hispanic
    777 ± 199
  3. Other
    365 ± 168

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Independence 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

16.2k
2020 Value
± 1,004
1.91%
1 Year growth
± 8.37%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Independence County, AR grew at a rate of 1.91%, from 15.9k employees to 16.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Independence County, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,036 people), Production Occupations (1,700 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,312 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Independence County, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Independence County, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,036 people), Production Occupations (1,700 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,312 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Independence County, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.12 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.88 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Independence County, AR, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($113,000), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,943), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($70,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

16.2k
2020 Value
± 1,004
1.91%
1 Year growth
± 8.37%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Independence County, AR grew at a rate of 1.91%, from 15.9k employees to 16.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Independence County, AR, are Manufacturing (3,182 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,518 people), and Educational Services (2,042 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Independence County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Independence County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Independence County, AR, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,182 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,518 people), and Educational Services (2,042 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Independence County, AR has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.96 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.81 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.72 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Independence County, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($100,990), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($59,821), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,144).

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Domestic Trade

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

Showing data for Arkansas.
$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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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Independence County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 77.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (19.3%), followed by Other (2.13%). The most partisan county was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Independence County, AR
77.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Arkansas
  1. 83.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Arkansas was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Arkansas colored by their party leaning.

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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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Education

In 2020, universities in Independence County, AR awarded 775 degrees. The student population of Independence County, AR is skewed towards women, with 775 male students and 1,114 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Independence County, AR are White (620 and 82%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (48 and 6.35%), Two or More Races (37 and 4.89%), and Black or African American (22 and 2.91%).

The largest universities in Independence County, AR by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville (631 and 81.4%) and Lyon College (144 and 18.6%).

The most popular majors in Independence County, AR are Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (115 and 14.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (112 and 14.5%), and Registered Nursing (110 and 14.2%).

The median tuition cost in Independence County, AR for private four year colleges is $28,550.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 110 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 14 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Independence County, AR was Registered Nursing with 110 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 631 degrees awarded
  2. 144 degrees awarded
$28,550
Median Private

In 2020, the Independence County, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas Community College-Batesville with 631 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

260
Degrees Awarded to Men
515
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 260 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Independence County, AR, which is 0.505 times less than the 515 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Independence County, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    620 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    48 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    37 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Independence County, AR was White students. These 620 degrees mean that there were 12.9 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 48 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Independence County, AR was $97,900 in 2020, which is 0.426 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $98,900 to $97,900, a 1.01% decrease. The homeownership rate in Independence County, AR is 72.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Independence County, AR have an average commute time of 18.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Independence County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$97,900
2020 Median
± $8,442
$98,900
2019 Median
± $8,532

In 2020, the median property value in Independence County, AR declined from to $97,900 from the previous year's value of $98,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Independence County, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Independence County, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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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.
$48,972
Median Household Income
± $1,818
14.3k
Number of Households
± 947

In 2020, the median household income of the 14.3k households in Independence County, AR grew to $48,972 from the previous year's value of $44,319.

The following chart displays the households in Independence 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 $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Independence County, AR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Independence County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

72.7%
2020 Homeownership
71.6%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 72.7% of the housing units in Independence County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Independence County, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Independence County, AR have a shorter commute time (18.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.82% of the workforce in Independence County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (83.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.57%)

In 2020, 83.9% of workers in Independence County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (3.57%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

91.4% of the population of Independence County, AR has health coverage, with 39.3% on employee plans, 25.8% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 10.5% on non-group plans, and 1.89% 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 Independence County, AR see 1299 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.464% increase from the previous year (1293 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2364 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 540 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (28.8%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,299 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Independence County, AR

Primary care physicians in Independence County, AR see an average of 1,299 patients per year. This represents a 0.464% increase from the previous year (1,293 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,408
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Arkansas
$3,906
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,108
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,479
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.55%
Uninsured
39.3%
Employer Coverage
25.8%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
10.5%
Non-Group
1.89%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Independence County, AR declined by 2.09% from 8.74% to 8.55%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 28.8% prevalence
  2. 27.1% prevalence
  3. 21.2% prevalence

Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 28.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas by county over multiple years.

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