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by Wayne Miller - July 9, 2019
During this six-year period, median household income in Arkansas declined approximately
two percent, from $43,235 in 2010 to $42,336.³
During this same period, the median household income of households in rural areas
of the state declined approximately three percent. This amplified the difference between
rural and urban households. In 2016, the median household income of rural households
was 78 percent of urban households, $35,727 versus $45,975, and only 65 percent of
national median household income (Figure 1).
Median household income declined in nearly two-thirds of Arkansas’ rural counties
and a little over one-half of urban counties from 2010 to 2016 (Figure 2). Ten of 12
counties in the Coastal Plains experienced declining median household incomes during
Some counties, especially in the highlands and urban areas of the state, defied this
trend. During this six-year period, the median household income increased in 23 rural
and six urban counties in the state.
For more information about household income trends in Arkansas, see the 2019 Rural
Profile of Arkansas at www.uaex.uada.edu/ruralprofile. For assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing strategies to grow
your regional economy, contact your county extension agent or our Community & Economic
¹ To see definition and map of rural, urban, coastal plains, delta and highlands counties,
see the 2019 Rural Profile of Arkansas at www.uaex.uada.edu/ruralprofile. ² Median household income is the household income separating the higher half of household
incomes from the lower half. ³ All dollar values are reported in 2016 constant dollars.