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Strengthening Our Communities: The 2021 Rural Profile Of Arkansas

The latest version of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s 2021 Rural Profile of Arkansas is out now. Although this resource has been providing information to state legislators, local elected officials and other public servants for decades, no year is quite the same.

The new 2021 Rural Profile not only analyzes critical demographic, social and economic issues facing rural Arkansas counties, but also how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for access to quality health care, employment opportunities and broadband access. This is especially true in rural regions of the state.

This year’s report also includes a brand-new way of accessing county data through an interactive data map and dashboard. The data dashboard allows users to access the entire Rural Profile database and create custom maps and graphs. Anyone can easily access this report and the data dashboard to obtain information related to urban and rural demographics, economic conditions, social indicators, public infrastructure, and county government fiscal concerns for every county in Arkansas.

You can access the full report and the data dashboard at . For more information, please contact your local county extension agent.

Emily Smith works as a Program Associate for the UA Cooperative Extension on the Community, Professional & Economic Development team. Primarily, Emily works to build capacity for a community visioning program known as Breakthrough Solutions as well as the UA Cooperative Extension’s statewide leadership development program called LeadAR. In addition to working with these programs, she strives to match community development resources with community needs. She is a graduate of The Clinton School of Public Service where she explored how networks are formed and sustained through participation in leadership networks and how these networks impact individuals. Emily values community participation in community and economic development. Reach out to Emily at or at 501-671-2138.