The Marshall Islands, Migration, and Arkansas

(Pictures by Steve Hebert) Since the mid-1980’s a large group of people have been migrating to Springdale, Arkansas from an unexpected place: The Marshall Islands. Located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean and spread out across 29 atolls and 5 islands, the Marshalls have an estimated population of 53,158 people. Although rich in culture and traditions, the ravages of climate change along with high levels of poverty, alcoholism, and

A Selection of Socio-Economic Indicators in Arkansas

With the release of the American Community Surveys (ACS) 2017 5-Year Estimates we can examine the counties of Arkansas on average during the 2013-2017 period. We decided to examine some socio-economic indicators such as number of households, median income, education, and race distribution in order to see how they’re distributed across the counties. Most counties in the state have less than 14,000 total households, with a median of 7,555 households.