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January 31, 2008

Arkansas Snapshot

Arkansas in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

As one of the 24 states holding "Super Tuesday" presidential primary and caucus sites on Feb. 5, Arkansas' 2007 population of 2.8 million includes a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white-alone population, a higher percentage of blacks, and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

About 59 percent of Arkansas' voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, lower than the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Arkansas' population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation's voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Arkansas U.S.
Median age 36.8 36.4
Women 51.0% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 76.4% 66.4%
Black alone 15.7% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 5.0% 14.8%
Median household income $36,599 $48,451
Foreign born 3.8% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 17.3% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 18.2% 27.0%
Median home value $93,900 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).