Arkansas PopulationArkansas (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 2023 is estimated to be 3.057 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.
Image Source: People gathering at gathering Pride Parade Festival, Northwest Arkansas, June 2019
- Population by Race
- Top Cities of Arkansas
- Population Pyramid
- Counties of Arkansas
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 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 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 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 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.
|Black or African American||459,969||15.45%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||19,476||0.654%|
|Cherokee tribal grouping||8,000||0.269%|
|Chippewa tribal grouping||200||0.007%|
|Navajo tribal grouping||124||0.004%|
|Sioux tribal grouping||352||0.012%|
|Other Asian Population||11,379|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||7,062||0.24%|
|Guamanian or Chamorro||114||0.004%|
|Other Pacific Islander||6,095|
|Some other race||75,106|
|Hispanic or Latino||213,246||7.16%|
|Other Hispanic or Latino||46,575|
Top Cities of Arkansas
|8||North Little Rock||66,127|
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
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 English||2,585,911||92.76|
Arkansas education level stats from High school, College and Bachelor degree as per table below.
|Population 18 to 24 years||286,456||146,201||140,255|
|Less than high school graduate||38,318||21,678||16,640|
|High school graduate (includes equivalency)||93,821||53,057||40,764|
|Some college or associates degree||132,402||62,768||69,634|
|Bachelors degree or higher||21,915||8,698||13,217|
|Population 25 years and over||1,985,770||954,230||1,031,540|
|Less than 9th grade||103,458||53,916||49,542|
|9th to 12th grade, no diploma||182,659||93,016||89,643|
|High school graduate (includes equivalency)||681,486||345,398||336,088|
|Some college, no degree||448,518||207,570||240,948|
|Graduate or professional degree||156,751||71,527||85,224|
|High school graduate or higher||1,354,397||647,256||707,141|
|Bachelors degree or higher||364,441||172,608||191,833|
|Black or African||277,145||126,567||150,578|
|High school graduate or higher||227,532||102,687||124,845|
|Bachelors degree or higher||40,910||14,874||26,036|
|American Indian or Alaska Native alone||12,935||6,148||6,787|
|High school graduate or higher||10,396||4,777||5,619|
|Bachelors degree or higher||1,903||895||1,008|
|High school graduate or higher||23,430||10,862||12,568|
|Bachelors degree or higher||13,529||6,662||6,867|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||3,702||2,048||1,654|
|High school graduate or higher||2,338||1,412||926|
|Bachelors degree or higher||194||143||51|
|Hispanic or Latino Origin||104,305||54,966||49,339|
|High school graduate or higher||57,323||28,879||28,444|
|Bachelors degree or higher||9,525||4,327||5,198|
As on 2017, The Stastistics below shows the disadvantage people in Arkansas state.
|Total civilian non-institutionalized population||501,757|
|Black or African American||81,453|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone||4,633|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||489|
|Some other race||4,880|
|With a hearing difficulty||143,002|
|With a vision difficulty||99,090|
|With a cognitive difficulty||187,286|
|With an ambulatory difficulty||278,822|
|With a self-care difficulty||97,135|
|With an independent living difficulty||170,536|
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.
|County||Population 2017||Population 2018||% Change||Rank 2017||Rank 2018|
|Hot Spring County||33,600||33,701||0.3||22||22|
|Little River County||12,393||12,326||-0.5||56||56|
|St. Francis County||25,938||25,439||-1.9||25||25|
|Van Buren County||16,533||16,603||0.4||48||48|
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