Best Little Rock Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 16 places around Little Rock to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Little Rock suburbs.

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Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Little Rock are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Little Rock? Maumelle ranks as the best suburb of Little Rock for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Maumelle, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Little Rock 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Arkansas:

The 10 Best Little Rock Suburbs To Live For 2020

Maumelle, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,053
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $87,295
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Maumelle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maumelle is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Little Rock area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Maumelle."

Everyone here is rich; families average $87,295 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Little Rock region. And only 4.26% are out of work. Homes average more than $221,600 each.

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8.5
/10

Population: 3,774
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Median Income: $66,439
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Shannon Hills: Real Estate | Data

Shannon Hills is the second best 'burb we looked at near Little Rock for 2020.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 4.74% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Bryant, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,944
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $65,364
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
More on Bryant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Bryant, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Little Rock metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Bryant.

Sherwood, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 30,812
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,032
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
More on Sherwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sherwood ranks as the 4th best suburb of Little Rock for 2020.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Sherwood and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,043
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $64,595
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Austin: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Austin.

Austin gets kudos for having the 8th most expensive homes in the Little Rock area, where houses sell for an average of $139,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Benton, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 34,873
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,805
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Benton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Benton is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.54% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Benton is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Little Rock area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Review Of Benton by HomeSnacks User

High crime, nothing to do, bad schools, unsafe neighborhoods, high taxes, high rent prices, low home values, low wages, high gas prices. Friendly police force that tries very hard, they just can't keep up with the city growing too fast.

The bowling ally used to be a great past time in Benton but sadly, it has been replaced by a fitness center. What was good is gone and what is bad is getting worse.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,491
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Income: $65,761
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Vilonia: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Vilonia.

Vilonia schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 25.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Cabot, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,176
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,341
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Cabot: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cabot is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.95% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Review Of Cabot by HomeSnacks User

There is not a whole lot to do in Cabot. There are a ton of dollar stores and everything closes down before 6pm... Except for Wal-mart, McDonald's, and Waffle House. There is pretty much no night life for anyone that is not creepy. I lived there for about 10 years and hated it. The only reason that it gets a 25 rating is because Cabot has quite a few really fun thrift shops and flea markets. Cabot is also not as bad as Ward and Beebe.

Favorites: Dolly's Flea Market, Grinds Coffee Co., China Buffet, Morina's, and various consignment shops and flea markets.

Watch out for: The Purple Onion, Waffle House, and creepy men.

Conway, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 65,069
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,972
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 19.2%
More on Conway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Conway?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Sheridan, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,857
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,942
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 15.4%
More on Sheridan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Sheridan.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Little Rock for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Little Rock was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2014-2018 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Little Rock.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Little Rock.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Little Rock." We're lookin' at you, Maumelle. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Little Rock 'Burbs of 2020

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Little Rock, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Little Rock Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Maumelle, AR 18,053 $87,295
2 Shannon Hills, AR 3,774 $66,439
3 Bryant, AR 19,944 $65,364
4 Sherwood, AR 30,812 $61,032
5 Austin, AR 3,043 $64,595
6 Benton, AR 34,873 $55,805
7 Vilonia, AR 4,491 $65,761
8 Cabot, AR 26,176 $57,341
9 Conway, AR 65,069 $46,972
10 Sheridan, AR 4,857 $49,942
11 Haskell, AR 4,552 $75,094
12 Lonoke, AR 4,251 $43,102
13 North Little Rock, AR 66,282 $41,780
14 Jacksonville, AR 28,588 $45,797
15 England, AR 2,757 $38,333
16 Alexander, AR 3,007 $41,161

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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