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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.
It's the kind of place where you are proud to call home and know all of your neighbors.
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 ten best places to live in Arkansas based on factors like education, low crime rates, and high incomes.
This is the fifth time we've ranked the best places in Arkansas and it's always a pleasure to take a look around the state. With all of the great amenities that Arkansas has to offer, we we are always surprised how it's one of the cheapest states in America to call home.
Read on to learn about the cream of the crop when it comes to places to live in Arkansas.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Arkansas for 2019:
- 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)
What's the best place to live in Arkansas? According to the most recent FBI and Census data, Bentonville ranks as the best place to live in Arkansas for 2019 based on general quality of life factors.
As you can see, there are plenty of amazing places to live in Arkansas, but these top ten cities undoubtedly take the cake.
Their low unemployment rates, low crime rates, high incomes, low household vacancy rates, and high student expenditure rates make these ten places the best places to live in Arkansas.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Arkansas For 2019
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 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.
At an unemployment rate of 2.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Bryant. And the residents command high salaries ($62,302 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($149,700 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.
Well, I guess technically 1.2% of Centerton residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 2nd closest of any city in Arkansas.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Centerton also ranked well for crime (5th) and median income ($63,170).
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Greenwood ranked highly for adjusted median income (9th), crime (2nd), and unemployment (14th).
With a population of 9,296 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".
But don't listen to what they say people of Greenwood, you can be anything you want.
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 is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.
It's quite a gem tucked away in Arkansas.
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 ranks 9th on our list of best places to live in Arkansas thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Arkansas that we examined.
People have been flocking to Lowell over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
If you want to live in Arkansas, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Mountain Home area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $36,273 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Mountain Home as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Mountain Home.
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'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities 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
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Arkansas? That would be Bentonville.
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.
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 the best place to live in Arkansas for 2019.
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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