Forrest City, AR

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
25,477
1.63% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38.7
0.258% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
28.4%
14.2% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$36,053
1.99% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$65,200
0.929% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
8,791
2.92% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Forrest City, AR had a population of 25.5k people with a median age of 38.7 and a median household income of $36,053. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Forrest City, AR declined from 25,900 to 25,477, a −1.63% decrease and its median household income grew from $35,348 to $36,053, a 1.99% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Forrest City, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (52.7%), White (Non-Hispanic) (39.4%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.26%), Other (Hispanic) (2.04%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.37%).

None of the households in Forrest City, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.8% of the residents in Forrest City, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forrest City, AR are East Arkansas Community College (464 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Forrest City, AR was $65,200, and the homeownership rate was 54.8%. Most people in Forrest City, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 18.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Forrest City, AR was 2 cars per household.

Forrest City, AR borders Memphis, TN-MS-AR.

Diversity

Forrest City, AR is home to a population of 25.5k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 3.45% of Forrest City, AR residents were born outside of the country (879 people).

In 2020, there were 1.34 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.4k people) in Forrest City, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10k White (Non-Hispanic) and 575 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Forrest City, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    13.4k ± 193
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    10k ± 62
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    575 ± 355
5.32%
Hispanic Population
1.36k people

In 2020, there were 1.34 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.4k people) in Forrest City, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10k White (Non-Hispanic) and 575 Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.32% of the people in Forrest City, AR are hispanic (1.36k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Forrest City, AR as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.45%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
879 people
1.56%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
405 people

As of 2020, 3.45% of Forrest City, AR residents (879 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forrest City, AR was 1.56%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.7
27
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 12.6

In 2020, the median age of all people in Forrest City, AR was 38.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 27. But people in Forrest City, AR are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Forrest City, AR residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,610 ± 6,079 people
  2. El Salvador
    14,219 ± 2,921 people
  3. India
    8,923 ± 2,316 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,610 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 14,219 and India with 8,923.

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Citizenship

96.8%
2020 Citizenship
98.7%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.8% of Forrest City, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Forrest City, AR was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    478 ± 129
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    155 ± 73
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    148 ± 70

Forrest City, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Arkansas (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Arkansas across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Forrest City, AR is $36,053. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Forrest City, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $71,556, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,876 and $59,278.

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,744. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Forrest City, AR employs 8.79k people. The largest industries in Forrest City, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,239 people), Manufacturing (1,205 people), and Retail Trade (1,016 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($60,313), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,643), and Transportation & Warehousing ($46,375).

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,053
2020 value
± $3,541
1.99%
1 Year Growth
± 12.4%

Households in Forrest City, AR have a median annual income of $36,053, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,348 in 2019, which represents a 1.99% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$58,913
Average Male Salary in Arkansas
± $2,021
$43,744
Average Female Salary in Arkansas
± $1,472

In 2020, full-time male employees in Arkansas made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Arkansas by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Arkansas
  1. Asian
    $58,926 ± $11,306
  2. White
    $48,329 ± $1,369
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $44,900 ± $40,512

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arkansas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Arkansas.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forrest City, AR is from Arkansas.
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2020, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arkansas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forrest City, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $71,556, followed by Saline County, AR and Lonoke County, AR, with respective values of $66,876 and $59,278.

The following map shows all of the counties in Forrest City, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Males 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

28.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forrest City, AR (6.29k out of 22.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Black
    3,884 ± 403
  2. White
    1,910 ± 266
  3. Two Or More
    436 ± 279

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forrest City, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

8.79k
2020 Value
± 735
2.92%
1 Year growth
± 11.2%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Forrest City, AR grew at a rate of 2.92%, from 8.54k employees to 8.79k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forrest City, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (947 people), Production Occupations (819 people), and Management Occupations (751 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forrest City, AR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forrest City, AR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (947 people), Production Occupations (819 people), and Management Occupations (751 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Forrest City, AR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.44 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.12 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.99 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forrest City, AR, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($93,272), Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations ($78,750), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,226).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

8.79k
2020 Value
± 735
2.92%
1 Year growth
± 11.2%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Forrest City, AR grew at a rate of 2.92%, from 8.54k employees to 8.79k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forrest City, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,239 people), Manufacturing (1,205 people), and Retail Trade (1,016 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forrest City, AR, though some of these residents may live in Forrest City, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Forrest City, AR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,239 people), Manufacturing (1,205 people), and Retail Trade (1,016 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other MSAs, Forrest City, AR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.04 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.58 times), and Construction (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forrest City, AR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($60,313), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,643), and Transportation & Warehousing ($46,375).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $14.2B
  2. $13.7B
  3. $9.55B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $14.2B, followed by Meat/seafood ($13.7B) and Coal-n.e.c. ($9.55B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arkansas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$144B
2020 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
87.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $144B. This is expected to increase 87.8% to $271B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arkansas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Arkansas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $11.8B
  2. $6.92B
  3. $5.91B

In 2020, the top outbound Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $11.8B, followed by Mississippi with $6.92B and Oklahoma and $5.91B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arkansas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 62.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%). The most partisan county was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Arkansas
62.4% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Arkansas
  1. 83.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 83.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 82.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Arkansas was Searcy County, AR with 83.7% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Arkansas colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arkansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Forrest City, AR awarded 464 degrees. The student population of Forrest City, AR is skewed towards women, with 293 male students and 641 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forrest City, AR are White (255 and 55.4%), followed by Black or African American (188 and 40.9%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 2.39%), and Two or More Races (5 and 1.09%).

The largest universities in Forrest City, AR by number of degrees awarded are East Arkansas Community College (464 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Forrest City, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (96 and 20.7%), General Studies (69 and 14.9%), and Diesel Mechanics Technology (39 and 8.41%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 94 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 25 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 25 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Forrest City, AR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 94 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Forrest City, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
464 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Forrest City, AR institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Arkansas Community College with 464 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

212
Degrees Awarded to Men
252
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 212 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forrest City, AR, which is 0.841 times less than the 252 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Forrest City, AR by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    255 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    188 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    11 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Forrest City, AR was White students. These 255 degrees mean that there were 1.36 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 188 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forrest City, AR was $65,200 in 2020, which is 0.284 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $64,600 to $65,200, a 0.929% increase. The homeownership rate in Forrest City, AR is 54.8%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Forrest City, AR have an average commute time of 18.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Forrest City, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$65,200
2020 Median
± $3,166
$64,600
2019 Median
± $3,929

In 2020, the median property value in Forrest City, AR grew to to $65,200 from the previous year's value of $64,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forrest City, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forrest City, AR the largest share of households have a property value in the $60k - $70k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$36,053
Median Household Income
± $3,541
9.31k
Number of Households
± 723

In 2020, the median household income of the 9.31k households in Forrest City, AR grew to $36,053 from the previous year's value of $35,348.

The following chart displays the households in Forrest City, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Forrest City, AR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forrest City, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

54.8%
2020 Homeownership
54.7%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 54.8% of the housing units in Forrest City, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Forrest City, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forrest City, AR have a shorter commute time (18.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0.341% of the workforce in Forrest City, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (84.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.83%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.76%)

In 2020, 84.5% of workers in Forrest City, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.83%) and those who worked at home (2.76%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Forrest City, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forrest City, AR have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

90.1% of the population of Forrest City, AR has health coverage, with 29.5% on employee plans, 38.1% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 9.33% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Arkansas was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1507 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 423 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (28.8%). Additionally, St. Francis County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,507 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,507 patients per year. This represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1,502 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Arkansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,408
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Arkansas
$3,906
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$6,108
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,479
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arkansas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.91%, from $6,929 to $7,408.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.91%
Uninsured
29.5%
Employer Coverage
38.1%
Medicaid
11.8%
Medicare
9.33%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forrest City, AR grew by 15.6% from 8.57% to 9.91%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forrest City, AR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 28.8% prevalence
  2. 27.1% prevalence
  3. 21.2% prevalence

Jackson County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, at 28.8%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas by county over multiple years.

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