Rankings 2014

arkansas

Education:

44th

Economy:

35th

Safety:

50th

Environment:

18th

Health:

49th

Infrastructure:

40th

Government:

25th

Results Champion?: NO

Arkansas’s environmental measures are the state’s highest performing area at 18th place. All other outcomes measures are less positive, and some are very poor. Arkansas is 44th overall in education. This is primarily related to the state’s low numbers of college graduates at all higher education degree levels. The population of the state also has made behavioral choices, such as higher propensity to smoke and overeat, that negatively affect public health. Additionally, cost of healthcare is 43rd in the nation. This correlated to the high number of uninsured in Arkansas.

This state has the worst outcomes scores for safety in the entire nation, requiring a major effort to improve the situation. According to information from the US Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas ranks 40th in transportation infrastructure. Other areas of infamy include median household income and poverty. Adjusted for cost of living, household income is one of the worst in the US, which lends to the high rates of poverty in both children and adults.

Recommendations
Safety, health, and education have to be top priority for Arkansas before any other outcome areas should be addressed. The lowest performing measures are related to population behavior. This indicates policies that incentives healthier diets and less smoking would be helpful. All of Results America’s education measures for Arkansas are below average or in the bottom 10 for the states. Fundamental changes in the education policy and culture of Arkansas should be considered to improve this goal area.