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


We used science and data to determine which Arkansas cities are the cream of the crop.

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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:

  1. Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Maumelle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bryant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Cabot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. White Hall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Arkansas

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’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 42,499
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $184,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (6th best)
More on Bentonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,795
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $218,700 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (6th best)
More on Maumelle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bryant, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,529
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $149,700 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (3rd best)
More on Bryant: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Arkansas is Bryant. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Arkansas.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 2.7% helps thing too.

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 11,403
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $144,300 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (2nd best)
More on Centerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Centerton is known for having a great education system and has the 51st shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Centerton is the 2nd lowest in Arkansas and the median income is the 4th highest in the state.

Greenwood, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,296
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $128,500 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (14th best)
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Greenwood had the 9th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $57,150.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Cabot, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,407
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $145,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (26th best)
More on Cabot: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,243
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $137,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (4th best)
More on White Hall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

At an unemployment rate of 2.9%, everyone who wants a job can get one in White Hall. And the residents command high salaries ($61,132 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($137,800 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Arkansas. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Sherwood, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 30,251
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $146,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (16th best)
More on Sherwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,322
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $136,300 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (2nd best)
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Lowell so high on the list. Unless you live in Lowell.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 1.2%, Lowell residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Arkansas. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Lowell is doing quite well.

Let’s be honest — Lowell is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Mountain Home, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,312
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $116,100 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (15th best)
More on Mountain Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Home had the 15th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (4.7%) and the 20th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Mountain Home is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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

  1. Lake Hamilton (Pop. 1,874)
  2. Cave Springs (Pop. 2,803)
  3. Austin (Pop. 3,108)
  4. Rockwell (Pop. 3,883)
  5. Greenland (Pop. 1,516)
  6. Salem (Pop. 2,571)
  7. Johnson (Pop. 3,573)
  8. West Fork (Pop. 2,491)
  9. Goshen (Pop. 1,601)
  10. Prairie Creek (Pop. 2,122)

Best Small Towns To Live In Arkansas

  1. Magnet Cove (Pop. 354)
  2. Cammack Village (Pop. 969)
  3. Oakhaven (Pop. 98)
  4. Moorefield (Pop. 188)
  5. Wiederkehr Village (Pop. 34)
  6. Corinth (Pop. 54)
  7. Higginson (Pop. 689)
  8. Avilla (Pop. 994)
  9. Damascus (Pop. 455)
  10. Burdette (Pop. 175)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Arkansas according to the data:

  1. Camden (Pop. 11,515)
  2. Newport (Pop. 7,781)
  3. Helena-West Helena (Pop. 11,325)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Arkansas

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Bentonville 42,499 3.2% $184,800
2 Maumelle 17,795 3.2% $218,700
3 Bryant 19,529 2.7% $149,700
4 Centerton 11,403 1.2% $144,300
5 Greenwood 9,296 4.5% $128,500
6 Cabot 25,407 5.6% $145,900
7 White Hall 5,243 2.9% $137,800
8 Sherwood 30,251 4.8% $146,800
9 Lowell 8,322 1.2% $136,300
10 Mountain Home 12,312 4.7% $116,100
11 Rogers 61,979 3.3% $153,900
12 Benton 33,613 4.2% $138,600
13 Conway 64,184 5.4% $161,400
14 Searcy 23,969 4.9% $140,300
15 Batesville 10,579 5.8% $120,400
16 Greenbrier 5,164 4.1% $135,800
17 Farmington 6,470 4.9% $164,400
18 Fayetteville 80,552 5.2% $186,200
19 Marion 12,323 5.5% $147,200
20 Siloam Springs 16,095 4.4% $118,700
21 Pea Ridge 5,177 3.7% $115,900
22 Little Rock 197,640 6.5% $154,700
23 Jonesboro 72,638 6.5% $141,900
24 Stuttgart 9,125 10.1% $81,700
25 Springdale 76,188 5.6% $140,100
26 Arkadelphia 10,728 5.6% $105,800
27 Van Buren 23,155 7.1% $112,200
28 Jacksonville 28,661 7.1% $114,300
29 Harrison 13,168 8.5% $92,600
30 Magnolia 11,651 7.6% $100,000
31 Alma 5,599 8.6% $137,900
32 Paragould 27,521 7.8% $114,200
33 Heber Springs 7,169 8.7% $136,100
34 North Little Rock 66,042 8.0% $119,500
35 Wynne 8,195 9.3% $86,400
36 Pocahontas 6,470 3.2% $74,300
37 Beebe 7,952 9.0% $122,800
38 Berryville 5,370 7.1% $106,600
39 Russellville 29,136 8.7% $130,800
40 Clarksville 9,391 5.6% $92,300
41 Malvern 10,937 7.4% $73,400
42 Mena 5,674 7.3% $79,400
43 Fort Smith 87,712 5.5% $114,900
44 De Queen 6,657 3.4% $78,800
45 Crossett 5,272 15.3% $76,000
46 Trumann 7,143 4.8% $85,100
47 Texarkana 30,155 8.7% $106,400
48 Morrilton 6,746 6.3% $93,100
49 Monticello 9,752 17.6% $97,000
50 Hot Springs 36,711 11.4% $117,000
51 El Dorado 18,393 10.9% $82,300
52 Blytheville 14,849 8.1% $77,700
53 West Memphis 25,411 11.4% $82,000
54 Pine Bluff 45,404 12.6% $75,200
55 Warren 5,804 11.2% $67,900
56 Osceola 7,315 19.1% $80,400
57 Hope 9,968 11.4% $75,400
58 Camden 11,515 10.1% $70,900
59 Newport 7,781 10.8% $78,800
60 Helena-West Helena 11,325 20.6% $71,100

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