Ouachita County, AR

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2022 Population
22,606
1.1% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.9
0.679% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
19.1%
9.77% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$47,348
9.25% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$96,000
21.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ouachita County, AR had a population of 22.6k people with a median age of 43.9 and a median household income of $47,348. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ouachita County, AR declined from 22,858 to 22,606, a −1.1% decrease and its median household income grew from $43,338 to $47,348, a 9.25% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ouachita County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (54.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (41%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.74%), White (Hispanic) (1.4%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.05%).

None of the households in Ouachita 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.

99.8% of the residents in Ouachita County, AR are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Ouachita County, AR was $96,000, and the homeownership rate was 73.8%.

Most people in Ouachita County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Ouachita County, AR was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Ouachita County, AR is home to a population of 22.6k people, from which 99.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.42% of Ouachita County, AR residents were born outside of the country (95 people).

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.3k people) in Ouachita County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 394 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.8%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.8% of Ouachita County, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ouachita County, AR was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ouachita County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    12.3k ± 49
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    9.27k ± 125
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    394 ± 136
2.67%
Hispanic Population
603 people

In 2022, there were 1.33 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.3k people) in Ouachita County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 394 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.67% of the people in Ouachita County, AR are hispanic (603 people).

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Foreign-Born Population

0.42%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
95 people
0.827%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
189 people

As of 2022, 0.42% of Ouachita County, AR residents (95 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ouachita County, AR was 0.827%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    540 ± 156
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    408 ± 218
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    153 ± 79

Ouachita County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.32 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ouachita County, AR employs 8.5k people. The largest industries in Ouachita County, AR are Manufacturing (2,322 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,088 people), and Educational Services (727 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($59,750), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($57,750), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($52,946).

Occupations

8.5k
2022 Value
± 714
0.331%
1 Year growth
± 11.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ouachita County, AR grew at a rate of 0.331%, from 8.47k employees to 8.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ouachita County, AR, are Production Occupations (1,531 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (756 people), and Management Occupations (600 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ouachita County, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

8.5k
2022 Value
± 714
0.331%
1 Year growth
± 11.8%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ouachita County, AR grew at a rate of 0.331%, from 8.47k employees to 8.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ouachita County, AR, are Manufacturing (2,322 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,088 people), and Educational Services (727 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ouachita County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Ouachita 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

$45,323
Median earning men ± $4,951
$35,865
Median earning women ± $3,506

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($71,346), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($67,928), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($65,417).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,127), Public Administration ($42,938), and Manufacturing ($42,399).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

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. 154
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 148
    Manufacturing
  3. 139
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ouachita County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 55% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (41.5%), followed by Other (2.71%).

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.

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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

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% 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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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ouachita County, AR was $96,000 in 2022, which is 0.341 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $78,800 to $96,000, a 21.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Ouachita County, AR is 73.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ouachita County, AR have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ouachita County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ouachita County, AR is $47,348. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ouachita County, AR was Census Tract 9504 with a value of $59,948, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $42,330 and $42,000.

Property

$96,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,554
$6,239
Median Property Taxes
±$532

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 Ouachita County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

73.8%
Homeownership
2022
61.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.8% of the housing units in Ouachita County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9504
  2. Census Tract 9506
  3. Census Tract 9502

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ouachita County, AR was Census Tract 9504 with a value of $59,948, followed by Census Tract 9506 and Census Tract 9502, with respective values of $42,330 and $42,000.

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

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Household Income

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$47,348
Median Household Income
± $4,748
8.46k
Number of Households
± 685

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.46k households in Ouachita County, AR grew to $47,348 from the previous year's value of $43,338.

The following chart displays the households in Ouachita 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ouachita County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 2022
  1. Drove Alone (89.2%)
  2. Carpooled (6.22%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.01%)

In 2022, 89.2% of workers in Ouachita County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.22%) and those who worked at home (2.01%).

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

23.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ouachita County, AR have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.65% of the workforce in Ouachita 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 Ouachita County, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ouachita County, AR have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ouachita County, AR (4.23k out of 22.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Ouachita County, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

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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Health

93.5% of the population of Ouachita County, AR has health coverage, with 36.7% on employee plans, 27.8% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 1.82% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ouachita County, AR see 1948 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.966% decrease from the previous year (1967 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2317 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 552 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,948 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ouachita County, AR

Primary care physicians in Ouachita County, AR see an average of 1,948 patients per year. This represents a 0.966% decrease from the previous year (1,967 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.4% under 18 years, 16.8% between 18 and 34 years, 38.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

6.51%
Uninsured
36.7%
Employer Coverage
27.8%
Medicaid
16.2%
Medicare
10.9%
Non-Group
1.82%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ouachita County, AR grew by 4.26% from 6.25% to 6.51%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Ouachita 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 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 105 in Ouachita County, AR.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, 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 39.2% in Ouachita County, AR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.55% in Ouachita County, AR.

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