Counties with the most college graduates in Arkansas

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July 2, 2022
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Counties with the most college graduates in Arkansas

The American philosopher and psychologist John Dewey once said, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dewey advocated for an educational paradigm called pragmatism, which stresses the importance of learning academic concepts by experiencing them firsthand, instead of through lecture and repetition in a classroom.

While the philosophy is used by many educators (especially those working in fields where the value of work experience exceeds the value placed on an academic background), many people take great pride in their formal educational credentials because of the valuable skills such educations provided and because of the immense amount of work that goes into earning a degree.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most college graduates in Arkansas using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of the population 25 years and over that has a Bachelor’s degree or higher using 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to see which counties in your state have the most college graduates.

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#30. Johnson County

- 16.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 20.2% ($22,185 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 41.4% ($26,673)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 21.9% ($32,871)
- Bachelor's degree: 10.5% ($36,037)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.0% ($62,188)

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#29. Cleburne County

- 16.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.4% ($20,959 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 40.8% ($29,559)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.1% ($29,015)
- Bachelor's degree: 10.4% ($36,667)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.3% ($60,625)

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#28. Greene County

- 17.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.0% ($25,699 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 44.4% ($29,353)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.3% ($32,823)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.7% ($44,048)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.6% ($53,438)

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#27. Crittenden County

- 17.4% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 16.3% ($26,045 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.3% ($27,872)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.9% ($31,658)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.7% ($49,382)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.7% ($56,466)

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#26. Conway County

- 17.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.4% ($20,276 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 41.2% ($26,606)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.7% ($32,383)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.4% ($49,432)
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.3% ($66,304)

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#25. Baxter County

- 17.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.2% ($22,819 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 35.1% ($27,095)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.9% ($27,801)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.8% ($40,976)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.0% ($51,536)

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#24. Boone County

- 17.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.8% ($24,146 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.4% ($28,359)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 36.1% ($30,565)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.3% ($40,540)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($46,446)

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#23. Perry County

- 17.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.7% ($27,059 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 41.7% ($33,533)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.8% ($25,790)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.0% ($42,417)
- Graduate or professional degree: 4.8% ($63,385)

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#22. Miller County

- 18.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.3% ($24,236 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.6% ($32,329)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 33.1% ($35,296)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.2% ($44,034)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.8% ($62,139)

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#21. Jefferson County

- 18.0% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 12.6% ($22,660 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 40.2% ($28,538)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.3% ($33,925)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.9% ($44,016)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.1% ($44,637)

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#20. Crawford County

- 18.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.5% ($26,264 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 35.0% ($30,020)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.3% ($32,376)
- Bachelor's degree: 12.9% ($50,883)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.3% ($60,417)

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#19. Pike County

- 18.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.0% ($18,258 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 37.0% ($25,902)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.7% ($37,083)
- Bachelor's degree: 11.8% ($44,914)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.5% ($55,737)

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#18. Independence County

- 18.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.4% ($23,446 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 37.0% ($28,400)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.1% ($31,186)
- Bachelor's degree: 12.6% ($44,518)
- Graduate or professional degree: 5.9% ($55,848)

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#17. Grant County

- 20.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 9.8% ($39,667 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 39.5% ($37,125)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.4% ($39,209)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.1% ($56,349)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.2% ($90,250)

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#16. Columbia County

- 20.5% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.2% ($22,215 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 41.7% ($30,649)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.6% ($30,847)
- Bachelor's degree: 13.0% ($48,577)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.5% ($52,107)

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#15. Lonoke County

- 20.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.1% ($28,970 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 37.5% ($33,455)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.8% ($40,851)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.3% ($50,927)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.3% ($64,944)

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#14. White County

- 20.7% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.2% ($19,135 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 40.4% ($31,235)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 24.6% ($31,728)
- Bachelor's degree: 12.2% ($45,181)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.5% ($55,296)

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#13. Union County

- 21.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.6% ($24,620 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 34.7% ($31,614)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.5% ($33,043)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.4% ($46,408)
- Graduate or professional degree: 6.8% ($82,399)

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#12. Carroll County

- 21.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.7% ($26,182 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 36.0% ($30,115)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.1% ($27,283)
- Bachelor's degree: 14.0% ($40,616)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.2% ($45,404)

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#11. Drew County

- 22.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 13.3% ($24,801 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 36.9% ($30,260)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 27.1% ($33,718)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.0% ($61,250)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.7% ($51,591)

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#10. Garland County

- 22.8% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($23,750 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.2% ($25,655)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 35.4% ($29,566)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.2% ($45,401)
- Graduate or professional degree: 7.6% ($57,765)

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#9. Sebastian County

- 23.3% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.8% ($24,941 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 29.5% ($27,232)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.4% ($33,648)
- Bachelor's degree: 15.0% ($47,685)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.2% ($64,057)

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#8. Pope County

- 24.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 15.1% ($26,038 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.8% ($26,543)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.4% ($30,085)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.5% ($41,468)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.0% ($60,051)

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#7. Clark County

- 25.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 11.1% ($20,164 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 32.6% ($26,898)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 31.2% ($30,402)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.5% ($36,521)
- Graduate or professional degree: 8.6% ($53,443)

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#6. Craighead County

- 27.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.6% ($22,601 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 33.7% ($26,608)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 28.7% ($32,244)
- Bachelor's degree: 16.7% ($45,454)
- Graduate or professional degree: 10.4% ($59,389)

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#5. Saline County

- 27.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.7% ($25,783 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 31.0% ($34,984)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 32.7% ($41,055)
- Bachelor's degree: 18.6% ($56,232)
- Graduate or professional degree: 9.1% ($66,836)

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#4. Faulkner County

- 32.1% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 7.9% ($26,558 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 30.7% ($31,099)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 29.3% ($36,532)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.9% ($49,882)
- Graduate or professional degree: 12.2% ($63,635)

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#3. Washington County

- 33.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 14.5% ($26,198 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.5% ($31,378)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 25.7% ($33,993)
- Bachelor's degree: 19.3% ($46,994)
- Graduate or professional degree: 13.9% ($64,806)

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#2. Benton County

- 34.6% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 10.4% ($27,028 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 28.9% ($33,058)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 26.1% ($39,046)
- Bachelor's degree: 23.1% ($61,689)
- Graduate or professional degree: 11.4% ($84,040)

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#1. Pulaski County

- 35.2% of population 25 years and over with Bachelor's degree or higher

- Less than high school diploma: 8.7% ($25,300 median earnings)
- High school graduate: 26.0% ($30,362)
- Some college or Associate's degree: 30.1% ($34,479)
- Bachelor's degree: 21.1% ($50,567)
- Graduate or professional degree: 14.1% ($65,209)

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