(September 2022) Per capita personal income is higher in Tennessee and Texas counties than in adjacent Arkansasborder areas, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data.

Payroll Employment 

States without an income tax led the Southeast and Arkansas’ border region in jobs creation in the first two years ofthe national economic expansion that began in April 2020, Bureau of Labor Statistics records show.

Personal Income

Most counties in states without an income tax also have higher per capita personal income than adjacent Arkansas counties.


Crittenden and Mississippi counties in Arkansas border Shelby, Dyer, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee.

  2019 2020
Shelby County, Tennessee $50,468 $53,855
Dyer County, Tennessee $41,977 $44,761
Tipton County, Tennessee $40,778 $43,147
Crittenden County, Arkansas $38,397 $41,474
Mississippi County, Arkansas $35,915 $37,730
Lauderdale County, Tennessee $32,428 $35,267

Miller County, Arkansas borders Bowie and Cass counties in Texas.

Bowie County, Texas $41,325 $44,151
Cass County, Texas $38,115 $41,275
Miller County, Arkansas $34,620 $37,065
–Greg Kaza    

Source: “Per Capita Personal Income, By County, 2018-2020.” U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis