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Arkansas Population 2024

Arkansas People
Arkansas (U.S. state abbreviation is 'AR') is the southern state of United States, bordered by Louisiana to the south, Oklahoma and Texas to the west, Tennessee and Mississippi to the east, Missouri to the north. The name Arkansas came from the Quapaw Indians also called the 'Arkansaw' or 'Ugakhpah', which means 'people who live downstream'. Arkansas population in 2024 is estimated to be 3.05 million, ranks 33rd populous state in US. Its area is 53,180 sq miles (137,733 sq km), ranks 29th largest in the United States. Arkansas state contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers, Arkansas is the longest stream to flow into Mississippi and Missouri river. Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas and most dangerous city, other top cities include Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale and Jonesboro.

The population of Arkansas state in 2019 is 3 million with change of 0.33% compared to 0.36% in 2018 and According to U.S. 2020 Census Results, AR population in 2020 is 3,011,524. Arkansas population in 2023 is estimated to be 3.06 million, population in 2022 is estimated to be 3.051 million, and in 2021 is estimated to be 3.02 million.
YearPopulation% Change
20203,011,524census updated
July 1, 2020
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018, last census by July 1, 2020

Arkansas Population by Race

According to 2017 demographics estimates population of Arkansas by race are: Arkansas state classification of race, 77.31% are White Americans, 15.45% are Black or African Americans, 7% are Hispanic/Latino, 1.4% are Asians, 0.6% AIAN.

White Population

White population in Arkansas are 2,302,141, percentage wise 77.31 percent are whites. Whites, also called White Americans or European American, having origins in the original peoples of Europe (numbers include hispanic whites).

Black Population

Black population in Arkansas are 459,969, percentage wise 15.45 percent are blacks. African American refers to black population in Arkansas, They are Black racial groups of Africa, includes Sub-Saharan African people, Kenyan, Nigerian, Caribbean such as Haitian and Jamaican.

Asian Population

Asian population in Arkansas are 42,368, percentage wise 1.42 percent are asians, out of these 10,143 are Asian Indians, 7,204 are Chinese, 4,211 are Filipinos, 1,134 are Japanese, 2,471 are Korean, 5,826 are Vietnamese and 11,379 are other Asian nationals. 213 are Taiwanese, 61 Mongolian, 134 Nepalese, 1,671 Pakistani, 77 Sri Lankan, 413 Cambodian, 4,626 Laotian, 1,223 Hmong, and 96 Malaysian.

Hispanic Population

Hispanic population in Arkansas are 213,246. Percentage wise 7.16 percent are hispanics, out of these 158,362 are Mexican people, 6,235 are Puerto Ricans, 2,074 are Cubans, and 46,575 are other Hispanic or Latinos. Hispanics may be of any race, included in applicable race categories.

Total NHPI are 7,062, out of these 405 are Native Hawaiians, 114 are Guamanian/Chamorro's and 448 are Samoan. American Indian and Alaska Native are 19,476 people, 8,000 are Cherokee tribals, 352 are Sioux, 124 are Navajo and 200 are Chippewa tribal groups.

Total Population2,977,944Percent
Black or African American459,96915.45%
American Indian and Alaska Native19,4760.654%
Cherokee tribal grouping8,0000.269%
Chippewa tribal grouping2000.007%
Navajo tribal grouping1240.004%
Sioux tribal grouping3520.012%
Asian Population42,3681.42%
Asian Indian10,1430.34%
Other Asian Population11,379
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7,0620.24%
Native Hawaiian4050.014%
Guamanian or Chamorro1140.004%
Other Pacific Islander6,095
Some other race75,106
Hispanic or Latino213,2467.16%
Puerto Rican6,2350.21%
Other Hispanic or Latino46,575

Source: US Census 2017(Table B03002)

Top Cities of Arkansas

1Little Rock197,881
2Fort Smith87,845
8North Little Rock66,127

Population Pyramid

Source: 2021 US Census Estimates: Population In Five Year Age-Group

Arkansas Population by Age

According to 2019 US population estimates, population of Arkansas by age is 2,977,944, out of these 1,461,651 are male, 1,516,293 are female, The sex ratio of Arkansas is 964. The Arkansas population by age are, under 15 years is 586,220, 15 years and over is 2,391,724, 30 years and over is 1,788,905, 65 years and over is 476,167 and 85 years and over is 55,250. 49.08 percent are male, 50.92 percent are female, 19.69 percent are under 15 years old, 80.31 percent are 15 years and over, 60.07 percent are 30 years and over, 15.99 percent are 65 years and over, 1.86 percent are 85 years and over.

Languages spoken in AR

English is the Official language of AR state, The spoken languages at home are, 92.8% speak English, followed by 5.26% Spanish language, 1% Asian languages, 0.71% European languages.
European language speakers are 19,720, out of these 878 speak Russian, 509 Polish, 2,890 French (including Cajun), 683 Italian, 678 Portuguese, 4,757 German, 202 Greek, 274 Serbo-Croatian, 451 Ukrainian or other Slavic languages, 86 Armenian, 908 speak Yiddish, Pennsylvania Dutch or other West Germanic languages.
Asian Languages speakers are 29,992, out of these Asian Indian language speakers are, 1,383 speak Telugu, 949 Tamil, 573 Malayalam, Kannada, or other Dravidian languages, 228 Punjabi, 562 Bengali, 790 Nepali, Marathi, or other Indic languages, 1,006 Gujarati, 1,892 Hindi and 1,038 Urdu.
Mid and East Asian languages include 5,538 speak Chinese (including Mandarin, Cantonese), 1,263 Hmong, 1,021 Japanese, 1,654 Korean, 4,536 Vietnamese, 271 Khmer, 3,828 Thai, Lao, or other Tai-Kadai languages, 646 Other languages of Asia and 2,578 Tagalog.
5,752 speak Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, or other Austronesian languages, 2,942 Arabic, 77 Hebrew, 585 Persian (including Farsi, Dari). 166 Haitian and 515 are other Native languages of North America.
African language speakers include 569 speak Swahili or other languages of Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, 409 speak Amharic, Somali, or other Afro-Asiatic languages, 525 Yoruba, Twi, Igbo, or other languages of Western Africa.
Speak only English2,585,91192.76
Spanish Language146,6665.26
European Language19,7200.71
Asian Languages29,9921.08
Other Languages5,5110.20
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1601)

Arkansas Education

Arkansas education level stats from High school, College and Bachelor degree as per table below.

Population 18 to 24 years286,456146,201140,255
Less than high school graduate38,31821,67816,640
High school graduate (includes equivalency)93,82153,05740,764
Some college or associates degree132,40262,76869,634
Bachelors degree or higher21,9158,69813,217
Population 25 years and over1,985,770954,2301,031,540
Less than 9th grade103,45853,91649,542
9th to 12th grade, no diploma182,65993,01689,643
High school graduate (includes equivalency)681,486345,398336,088
Some college, no degree448,518207,570240,948
Associates degree132,22151,49580,726
Bachelors degree280,677131,308149,369
Graduate or professional degree156,75171,52785,224
High school graduate or higher1,354,397647,256707,141
Bachelors degree or higher364,441172,608191,833
Black or African277,145126,567150,578
High school graduate or higher227,532102,687124,845
Bachelors degree or higher40,91014,87426,036
American Indian or Alaska Native alone12,9356,1486,787
High school graduate or higher10,3964,7775,619
Bachelors degree or higher1,9038951,008
High school graduate or higher23,43010,86212,568
Bachelors degree or higher13,5296,6626,867
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3,7022,0481,654
High school graduate or higher2,3381,412926
Bachelors degree or higher19414351
Hispanic or Latino Origin104,30554,96649,339
High school graduate or higher57,32328,87928,444
Bachelors degree or higher9,5254,3275,198
Source: US Census 2017(Table S1501)


As on 2017, The Stastistics below shows the disadvantage people in Arkansas state.

Total civilian non-institutionalized population501,757
Black or African American81,453
American Indian and Alaska Native alone4,633
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander489
Some other race4,880
With a hearing difficulty143,002
With a vision difficulty99,090
With a cognitive difficulty187,286
With an ambulatory difficulty278,822
With a self-care difficulty97,135
With an independent living difficulty170,536

Counties of Arkansas

Arkansas state is divided into 75 counties, Pulaski is the populous County with 392,680 inhabitants, followed by Benton County with 272,608, Washington County with 236,961, Sebastian County with 127,753 and Faulkner County with 124,806.

CountyPopulation 2017Population 2018% ChangeRank 2017Rank 2018
Arkansas County17,90417,769-0.84042
Ashley County20,31920,046-1.33536
Baxter County41,31641,6190.71817
Benton County266,504272,6082.322
Boone County37,48637,48002021
Bradley County10,85310,8970.45959
Calhoun County5,2245,27717575
Carroll County27,94728,22312323
Chicot County10,63910,438-1.96161
Clark County22,18022,061-0.53030
Clay County14,91014,847-0.45151
Cleburne County25,04624,965-0.32626
Cleveland County8,1818,018-26868
Columbia County23,70023,537-0.72929
Conway County20,84820,8910.23434
Craighead County107,037108,5581.477
Crawford County62,91763,4060.81313
Crittenden County48,73048,342-0.81414
Cross County16,85216,676-14647
Dallas County7,3547,182-2.37171
Desha County11,73211,512-1.95858
Drew County18,37318,328-0.23837
Faulkner County123,397124,8061.155
Franklin County17,84417,810-0.24141
Fulton County12,11212,2691.35757
Garland County98,44499,1540.788
Grant County18,09618,1880.53938
Greene County44,97745,3250.81515
Hempstead County21,88121,741-0.63131
Hot Spring County33,60033,7010.32222
Howard County13,37713,341-0.35454
Independence County37,40937,6780.72120
Izard County13,68013,593-0.65252
Jackson County17,05716,811-1.44545
Jefferson County69,26968,114-1.71111
Johnson County26,48926,74212424
Lafayette County6,8226,682-2.17373
Lawrence County16,59016,434-0.94750
Lee County9,1478,985-1.86464
Lincoln County13,47313,383-0.75353
Little River County12,39312,326-0.55656
Logan County21,75321,737-0.13232
Lonoke County72,87873,6571.11010
Madison County16,34916,4810.85049
Marion County16,46016,7221.64946
Miller County43,88443,592-0.71616
Mississippi County42,07341,239-21718
Monroe County7,0526,900-2.27272
Montgomery County8,9078,9240.26565
Nevada County8,3288,32606666
Newton County7,8377,805-0.47070
Ouachita County23,82423,606-0.92828
Perry County10,33510,3520.26362
Phillips County18,56418,029-2.93739
Pike County10,72110,673-0.46060
Poinsett County24,12123,974-0.62727
Polk County20,16220,049-0.63635
Pope County63,65564,0000.51212
Prairie County8,2508,074-2.16767
Pulaski County393,616392,680-0.211
Randolph County17,64517,9481.74240
St. Francis County25,93825,439-1.92525
Saline County119,669121,4211.566
Scott County10,37410,319-0.56263
Searcy County7,9477,9580.16969
Sebastian County127,865127,753-0.144
Sevier County17,14617,13904444
Sharp County17,20017,36614343
Stone County12,51712,457-0.55555
Union County39,42039,126-0.71919
Van Buren County16,53316,6030.44848
Washington County232,780236,9611.833
White County78,94178,727-0.399
Woodruff County6,6006,490-1.77474
Yell County21,54421,53503333


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