These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Arkansas where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Arkansas, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Arkansas is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Natural State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 59 places in Arkansas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Lowell (Photos)
- Bella Vista (Photos)
- Bentonville (Photos)
- White Hall (Photos)
- Cabot (Photos)
- Prairie Grove
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Arkansas
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 19 crimes committed in Greenbrier which had a reported population of 5,416. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00351 which translates into a 1 in 285 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 59 places in Arkansas to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 59 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Arkansas".
The safest city, based on population, is Greenbrier. The most dangerous? Little Rock, where residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. GreenbrierPopulation: 5,416 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 350 (1st safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Arkansas for 2018 is Greenbrier -- a classic example of everything that makes Arkansas great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 285.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500+ chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Population: 8,812Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,180 (5th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Arkansas and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Lowell -- the 2nd safest in the Natural State.
Lowell is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 84.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Lowell.
3. Bella Vista
Population: 28,274Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (7th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 682 (3rd safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Bella Vista ranks as the 3rd safest city in Arkansas.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Bella Vista.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. GreenwoodPopulation: 9,372 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 384 (2nd safest) You might be surprised to find Greenwood this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Greenwood is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Natural State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 10th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 46,458Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,429 (7th safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Bentonville, AR.
You get what you pay for in Bentonville -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 546 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Bentonville residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Bentonville in heartbeat.
Population: 18,068Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 132 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,291 (10th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Maumelle, the 6th safest city in Arkansas.
The town of some 18,068 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Maumelle a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Maumelle?
7. White Hall
Population: 5,114Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 234 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,329 (6th safest)
White Hall is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Arkansas.
It has 1 in 75.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 426 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Arkansas.
Population: 25,927Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 239 (9th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,024 (9th safest)
The eighth safest city in Arkansas for 2018 goes to Cabot. Let's see why.
There were only 62 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 525 property crimes to boot.
9. CentertonPopulation: 12,584 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 341 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,064 (4th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Arkansas, may we present Centerton as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Arkansas, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
134 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 4th best in Arkansas on a rate basis.
10. Prairie Grove
Population: 5,345Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 299 (13th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,357 (11th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Prairie Grove.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Prairie Grove residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 16 violent crimes and 126 property crimes in Prairie Grove; that's really good for a place of 5,345 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Arkansas
Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenbrier is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Arkansas residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Arkansas:3rd Most Dangerous: Blytheville 2nd Most Dangerous: Pine Bluff Most Dangerous: Little Rock
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Arkansas For 2018
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