Special Report

This is the County in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

Though vaccine distribution is well underway across the United States, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the population. To date, there have been 33,216,900 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area, located in Arkansas, a total of 76,128 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 10,365 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 10,153 cases per 100,000 people.

Though there is little variance in the per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, there are parts of the metro area where the virus is slightly more common.

The broader Little Rock metro area comprises six counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Faulkner County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 12,974 infections in Faulkner County, or 10,598 for every 100,000 people.

A relatively high infection rate does not necessarily mean COVID-19 related fatalities per capita are higher in Faulkner County than they are across all of the Little Rock area, however. There have been a total of 135 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Faulkner County, compared to 160 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 23, 2021.

These are all the counties in Arkansas where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Faulkner County, AR 10,598 12,974 135 165
2 Lonoke County, AR 10,578 7,638 170 123
3 Saline County, AR 10,506 12,398 147 173
4 Pulaski County, AR 10,297 40,516 170 669
5 Grant County, AR 9,676 1,750 182 33
6 Perry County, AR 8,254 852 107 11