These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Arkansas For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Arkansas have the most for people looking to make the move to Arkansas.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Arkansas a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Arkansas.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Natural State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Arkansas, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 69 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Natural State for 2018:

  1. Hot Spring County (Photos)
  2. Benton County (Photos)
  3. Saline County (Photos)
  4. Cleveland County
  5. Baxter County (Photos)
  6. Lonoke County (Photos)
  7. Independence County (Photos)
  8. Grant County (Photos)
  9. Perry County
  10. Faulkner County (Photos)

Hot Spring County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Arkansas. And you might want to avoid Phillips County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Arkansas, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Arkansas and the best places to raise a family in Arkansas.

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How do you determine which Arkansas county is the best?

To give you the best county in Arkansas, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Arkansas across each of the criteria from one to 69, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Arkansas’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Natural State.

Read on to see why Hot Spring County is the best county, while Phillips County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Arkansas.

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1. Hot Spring County

Malvern, AR

Biggest Place: Malvern
Population: 33,440
Median Income: $42,589 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $85,600 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (20th best)
More on Hot Spring County: PhotosData

2. Benton County

Bella Vista, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Springdale
Population: 245,231
Median Income: $59,016 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $155,900 (48th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (1st best)
More on Benton County: PhotosData

3. Saline County

Benton, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Benton
Population: 115,577
Median Income: $57,632 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $143,900 (51st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (4th best)
More on Saline County: PhotosData

4. Cleveland County

Kingsland, AR

Biggest Place: Rison
Population: 8,421
Median Income: $42,429 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $84,000 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (48th best)
More on Cleveland County: Data

5. Baxter County

Mountain Home, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mountain Home
Population: 40,992
Median Income: $38,115 (29th best)
Median Home Price: $123,100 (56th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (12th best)
More on Baxter County: PhotosData

6. Lonoke County

Cabot, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Cabot
Population: 71,279
Median Income: $56,156 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $131,700 (53rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (7th best)
More on Lonoke County: PhotosData

7. Independence County

Batesville, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Batesville
Population: 37,030
Median Income: $37,592 (31st best)
Median Home Price: $99,900 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (16th best)
More on Independence County: PhotosData

8. Grant County

Sheridan, AR

Biggest Place: Sheridan
Population: 18,046
Median Income: $49,195 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $117,800 (59th best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (36th best)
More on Grant County: PhotosData

9. Perry County

Biggest Place: Perryville
Population: 10,246
Median Income: $45,819 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $84,500 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (29th best)
More on Perry County: Data

10. Faulkner County

Conway, AR

Biggest Place: Conway
Population: 120,417
Median Income: $50,872 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $149,900 (49th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (10th best)
More on Faulkner County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Arkansas To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Arkansas can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Arkansas according to the data:

  1. Phillips County
  2. Monroe County
  3. Lee County

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Arkansas

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Hot Spring County 1 33,440 $42,589 $85,600
Benton County 2 245,231 $59,016 $155,900
Saline County 3 115,577 $57,632 $143,900
Cleveland County 4 8,421 $42,429 $84,000
Baxter County 5 40,992 $38,115 $123,100
Lonoke County 6 71,279 $56,156 $131,700
Independence County 7 37,030 $37,592 $99,900
Grant County 8 18,046 $49,195 $117,800
Perry County 9 10,246 $45,819 $84,500
Faulkner County 10 120,417 $50,872 $149,900
Prairie County 11 8,334 $37,500 $67,100
Montgomery County 12 9,100 $35,103 $88,200
Franklin County 13 17,799 $39,482 $94,000
Clark County 14 22,684 $35,595 $92,700
Pike County 15 11,017 $34,519 $77,300
Calhoun County 16 5,210 $35,446 $71,800
Little River County 17 12,616 $35,396 $73,700
Van Buren County 18 16,892 $34,576 $92,000
White County 19 78,823 $42,197 $113,500
Craighead County 20 102,884 $43,892 $131,700
Logan County 21 21,935 $36,463 $87,400
Washington County 22 219,930 $45,442 $157,400
Randolph County 23 17,584 $36,318 $79,000
Pulaski County 24 391,806 $47,101 $144,000
Boone County 25 37,301 $38,664 $114,400
Cross County 26 17,329 $39,306 $83,900
Arkansas County 27 18,569 $37,330 $77,600
Columbia County 28 24,168 $36,507 $77,100
Marion County 29 16,404 $33,726 $109,700
Dallas County 30 7,738 $35,745 $61,000
Sharp County 31 17,027 $31,068 $76,700
Conway County 32 21,060 $38,266 $100,300
Greene County 33 43,745 $42,755 $105,300
Scott County 34 10,661 $37,861 $77,700
Pope County 35 63,107 $40,534 $120,900
Clay County 36 15,202 $32,404 $66,700
Howard County 37 13,487 $34,672 $90,100
Yell County 38 21,716 $39,323 $100,100
Johnson County 39 26,025 $34,031 $90,100
Miller County 40 43,666 $39,955 $99,600
Ouachita County 41 24,728 $31,233 $66,900
Cleburne County 42 25,587 $41,717 $126,100
Crawford County 43 61,927 $41,792 $109,500
Sevier County 44 17,193 $38,956 $70,400
Lawrence County 45 16,915 $33,381 $69,700
Fulton County 46 12,186 $35,593 $88,500
Polk County 47 20,290 $33,202 $83,900
Ashley County 48 20,989 $36,352 $70,900
Drew County 49 18,688 $33,092 $94,200
Union County 50 40,334 $39,836 $77,800
Carroll County 51 27,690 $38,145 $118,500
Sebastian County 52 127,351 $40,023 $114,800
Jefferson County 53 72,385 $36,377 $81,900
Lafayette County 54 7,127 $29,882 $63,300
Garland County 55 97,119 $40,011 $133,700
Poinsett County 56 24,131 $35,163 $77,900
Bradley County 57 11,096 $34,665 $72,500
Stone County 58 12,503 $30,486 $104,800
Crittenden County 59 49,511 $39,407 $102,800
Woodruff County 60 6,873 $30,383 $62,700
St. Francis County 61 27,023 $35,066 $62,700
Mississippi County 62 44,199 $35,003 $80,700
Hempstead County 63 22,208 $34,072 $76,300
Chicot County 64 11,189 $29,628 $59,600
Jackson County 65 17,495 $31,245 $63,600
Desha County 66 12,234 $26,519 $58,800
Lee County 67 9,781 $25,724 $64,600
Monroe County 68 7,542 $31,541 $56,400
Phillips County 69 19,929 $26,829 $62,900

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