Arkansas is one of the friendliest places on earth and is known as the “Natural State” due to the vast abundance of natural beauty, gorgeous lakes and streams, and interesting wildlife.
With so much beauty, everyone who lives in this state probably thinks that they live in the best town or city in Arkansas. But we’ve compiled data and found the real 10 best places to live in Arkansas based on factors like education, low crime rates, and high incomes.
Here is the cream of the crop when it comes to places to live in Arkansas:
- Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Maumelle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bryant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cabot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- White Hall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mountain Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Bentonville if you’re thinking of moving to Arkansas — it’s the best the Natural State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Arkansas.
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The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Little Rock with a population of 197,640 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities — Populations over 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 60 cities, 143 towns, and 298 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Arkansas
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Arkansas across a number of criteria from one to 60, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Arkansas”.
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Arkansas.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Bentonville at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Bentonville is by far one of the best places to live in Arkansas: the math proves it! This city has the 6th lowest unemployment rate and the 2nd highest median income in all of Arkansas.
Plus, the median home values are the 3rd highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 6th lowest in the state, making Bentonville a safe and great place to live.
Maumelle is unequivocally the best place to live in Arkansas. Not only do they have the highest student expenditure in the state, meaning they place a very high value on their students’ education, but they also have the 1st highest median income.
Additionally, they have the 9th lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest city in Arkansas. If that wasn’t enough, their unemployment rate is only 3.2%%.
Overall, Maumelle is the place to live in Arkansas.
The crime is the 29th lowest in the state in Bryant, and there were only 29 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Arkansas, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Bryant earn $62,302 a year.
If you don’t have a job in Centerton, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 1.2%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $63,170.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Greenwood is known for having a great education system and has the 54th shortest commute time.
Additionally, the unemployment rate in Greenwood is the 14th lowest in Arkansas and the median income is the 9th highest in the state.
Cabot’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 8th highest, making Cabot a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.
Additionally, Cabot has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.
White Hall makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Arkansas mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.
And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 2.9% of folks are jobless, you can bet White Hall residents are glad to live where they do.
Perhaps what makes Sherwood so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Sherwood great. They also have the 7th highest median income and the 45th shortest commute time.
Lowell has a really low crime rate (3rd lowest) and only 1.2% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($56,557). And that goes a long way.
The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Lowell.
Mountain Home is feeling the love as it ranks as the 10th best city to live in Arkansas for 2016.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (34th overall) and low crime (20th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Arkansas”.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Arkansas
If you’re looking at areas in Arkansas with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Bentonville made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Arkansas
- Lake Hamilton (Pop. 1,874)
- Cave Springs (Pop. 2,803)
- Austin (Pop. 3,108)
- Rockwell (Pop. 3,883)
- Greenland (Pop. 1,516)
- Salem (Pop. 2,571)
- Johnson (Pop. 3,573)
- West Fork (Pop. 2,491)
- Goshen (Pop. 1,601)
- Prairie Creek (Pop. 2,122)
Best Small Towns To Live In Arkansas
- Magnet Cove (Pop. 354)
- Cammack Village (Pop. 969)
- Oakhaven (Pop. 98)
- Moorefield (Pop. 188)
- Wiederkehr Village (Pop. 34)
- Corinth (Pop. 54)
- Higginson (Pop. 689)
- Avilla (Pop. 994)
- Damascus (Pop. 455)
- Burdette (Pop. 175)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Arkansas according to the data:
- Camden (Pop. 11,515)
- Newport (Pop. 7,781)
- Helena-West Helena (Pop. 11,325)
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