Arkansas borders six states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Arkansas is the 29th largest state by area but makes up a substantially low percentage of the population. It’s home to the Ozark mountains and due to its Eastern coast running alongside the Mississippi River, it’s prone to flooding. It’s this same flooding, though, that creates its coveted fertile soil. Known as “The Natural State,” it contains 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. Arkansas hosts the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest each year. Not to be underestimated, Arkansas is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the Crater of Diamonds State Park - the world’s only publicly accessible location to dig for diamonds.
Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.
This quaint little town is nestled almost exactly in the middle of Arkansas. It’s all of 7.9 square miles in area and home to 5,339 inhabitants. There was only one reported violent crime and 13 property crimes. The history of this city centers around tales from the Wild West which includes figures like Jim Bowie and Jesse James. They also have a school district that’s rated one of the best in the state. The small-town, family-friendly community hosts various events throughout the year to promote community, including the Moustache Dash 5k race and the Brier Fest, which is a three-day country and contemporary rock concert.
Two hours west of Greenbrier you’ll find Greenwood. The city’s slogan is “Feels Like Home” which is absolutely what this town is about. They have a great school system and a strong, local business community with the convenience of a big city. There’s a beautiful, city-center park with a bell tower and an open area for town activities. This is where they hold “Freedomfest” every 4th of July along with other community events. Only 15 violent crimes and 55 property crimes were reported.
3. WHITE HALL
South of Little Rock you’ll find White Hall that - a total of 6.98 square miles. They pride themselves in being a “Quality of Life” community and it shows in the fact that they have such a low crime rate. Only four violent crimes occured last year, and only 61 property crimes. Even better is that this tiny town has the second highest median household income in all of Arkansas, at $52,045. It’s certainly a great place to live.
4. BELLA VISTA
Up in the very Northwest corner of Arkansas you’ll find a booming city called Bella Vista. Appropriately named, it’s full of rivers and lakes, rolling forests and trails. There’s even a waterfall at Tanyard Creek. The houses are well-kept and there only 1.5% of families are below the poverty line. For being the same size as the average city in Arkansas, it has ¼ the crime. Bigger cities are known for having more of a prevalence of crime but Bella Vista seems to contradict this stereotype with only 72 reported violent crimes and 216 property crimes.
Another appropriately named city, Centerton lies right in the middle of Benton County, a 20-minute drive south of Bella Vista. Not too long ago, in 2006, a tornado ripped through this town, destroying 40 homes, damaging 150, and injuring 12 people - but they have made quite the comeback. This city claims to be “The Most Exciting Town in NWA.” Only 36 violent crimes 90 property crimes were reported last year. Fun fact: in the early 1900’s they were known as the Apple Capital of the World as it won prizes in Paris, France for having the best tasting apples.
The Top 50 Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2017
11. Prairie Grove
3. White Hall
13. De Queen
4. Bella Vista
14. Pea Ridge
24. Van Buren
44. El Dorado
17. Siloam Springs
38. North Little Rock
48. Fort Smith
29. Mountain Home
20. Heber Springs
To identify the safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.