These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Little Rock For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Little Rock are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Little Rock, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Little Rock neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Little Rock are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Little Rock for 2018:

  1. South Geyer Springs
  2. Heights
  3. Rock Creek
  4. River Mountain
  5. 65Th Street West
  6. Hillcrest
  7. Reservoir
  8. Midtown
  9. Walnut Valley
  10. Chicot West

Read on to see how we determined the places around Little Rock that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Arkansas check out the best places in Arkansas overall or the worst neighborhoods in Little Rock.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Little Rock for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Little Rock, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Little Rock.’ We’re lookin’ at you, South Geyer Springs.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Little Rock has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. South Geyer Springs

Population: 3,036
Median Income: $32,360
Median Home Value: $112,900

2. Heights

Population: 5,541
Median Income: $77,326
Median Home Value: $341,929

3. Rock Creek

Population: 13,942
Median Income: $81,757
Median Home Value: $211,457

4. River Mountain

Population: 13,383
Median Income: $108,286
Median Home Value: $267,500

5. 65Th Street West

Population: 3,904
Median Income: $38,538
Median Home Value: $84,675

6. Hillcrest

Population: 5,764
Median Income: $68,136
Median Home Value: $206,717

7. Reservoir

Population: 7,745
Median Income: $56,921
Median Home Value: $174,133

8. Midtown

Population: 8,542
Median Income: $57,136
Median Home Value: $179,886

9. Walnut Valley

Population: 7,972
Median Income: $45,540
Median Home Value: $124,629

10. Chicot West

Population: 7,507
Median Income: $41,839
Median Home Value: $91,886

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Little Rock

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Little Rock where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Little Rock:

  1. Oak Forest
  2. John Barrow
  3. Big Dickinson Lake

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Little Rock

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
South Geyer Springs 1 3,036 $112,900 10,471 10.1%
Heights 2 5,541 $341,929 3,372 0.7%
Rock Creek 3 13,942 $211,457 3,372 4.5%
River Mountain 4 13,383 $267,500 3,372 3.6%
65Th Street West 5 3,904 $84,675 11,234 10.6%
Hillcrest 6 5,764 $206,717 3,372 5.0%
Reservoir 7 7,745 $174,133 5,026 4.5%
Midtown 8 8,542 $179,886 5,182 4.7%
Walnut Valley 9 7,972 $124,629 8,162 3.1%
Chicot West 10 7,507 $91,886 10,700 8.5%
West Markham 11 2,986 $147,300 7,009 2.7%
Otter Creek Crystal 12 6,441 $117,760 8,510 5.3%
Cloverdale Watson 13 5,907 $88,067 11,225 7.3%
Capital View-Stiff 14 2,977 $145,700 7,142 5.4%
South End 15 4,067 $77,771 11,556 8.2%
Briarwood 16 2,684 $118,050 8,418 6.2%
Wakefield 17 4,343 $74,350 11,848 8.0%
Westwood-Pecan Lake 18 4,855 $131,680 8,640 9.6%
Boyle Park 19 4,170 $101,917 9,757 8.7%
Central High 20 2,342 $81,550 11,489 12.4%
Downtown 21 6,379 $155,600 7,249 5.8%
East Of I-30 22 3,239 $75,840 12,053 9.3%
Stephens 23 4,979 $78,258 11,436 6.0%
Upper Baseline 24 9,072 $70,514 12,116 11.7%
Big Dickinson Lake 25 1,048 $82,400 11,621 9.4%
John Barrow 26 12,991 $103,308 9,924 7.9%
Oak Forest 27 7,484 $68,282 12,095 8.5%

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