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Arkansas : What you need to know

All regions of Arkansas provide residents and tourists with top-notch outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, boating, hiking and hunting, which accounts for its nickname as “The Natural State.” The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, a hub for government, culture and business. Among the best places to live in Arkansas are Fayetteville, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Texarkana and Bentonville (headquarters of Walmart). The state’s landmark university is the University of Arkansas, based in Fayetteville, which also was recognized as a Top 10 College Town.

 

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Quick Facts about AR

Population 2,958,208
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $41,371
Median Home Price $111,400
Median Property Tax $1,019
Median Rent $66

Employment Rate in AR

  Employed 96%
  Unemployed 4%

Race in AR

  Ethnicity White 78%
  Ethnicity Black 15.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.4%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.2%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 6.9%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.6%
  Ethnicity Other 2.1%

Employment Rate in AR

  Employed 96%
  Unemployed 4%

Educational Levels in AR

  Bachelor's Degree 13.6%
  Associate's Degree 6.3%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 7.5%
  High School Graduate 34.9%
  Some College, No Degree 22.5%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 21.1%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 29%

Industry in AR

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 3.3%
Construction 6.5%
Manufacturing 13.6%
Wholesale Trade 2.4%
Retail Trade 13.5%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 5.5%
Information 1.7%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 4.8%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 7.2%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.2%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 7.9%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.8%
Public Administration 4.7%

Housing in AR

  Homes Rent 66.1%
  Homes Owned 33.9%

Arkansas Rankings

Best places to Live in Arkansas

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Little Rock 196,943 $153,500 $46,085
Fort Smith 87,603 $113,300 $35,096
Fayetteville 79,037 $183,700 $39,432
Springdale 75,088 $135,800 $42,319
Jonesboro 71,576 $141,400 $41,688
North Little Rock 65,538 $118,900 $39,591
Conway 63,555 $160,400 $47,504
Rogers 60,384 $149,500 $52,943
Pine Bluff 46,228 $72,900 $30,719
Bentonville 40,368 $174,400 $71,941
Hot Springs 35,539 $113,400 $29,836
Benton 32,725 $137,000 $51,778
Sherwood 30,210 $145,000 $58,245
Texarkana 30,127 $103,400 $38,292
Russellville 28,738 $128,300 $35,541
Jacksonville 28,726 $113,300 $41,006
Bella Vista 27,606 $151,200 $61,290
Paragould 27,228 $115,900 $40,340
West Memphis 25,544 $85,300 $30,627
Cabot 25,102 $143,100 $57,790