THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Arkansas For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Arkansas.

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 sixth 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.

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 2020 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 2020

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,857
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $221,400 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (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 2nd highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 7th lowest in the state, making Bentonville a safe and great place to live.

Maumelle, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,053
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $221,600 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (24th 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 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 4.3%%.

Overall, Maumelle is the place to live in Arkansas.

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,252
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (3rd best)
More on Centerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

It's obvious why Centerton ranks 3rd in the state for best places to live: they have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate and the 5th highest home values.

Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Centerton a great place to live.

Cabot, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 26,176
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $148,400 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (16th 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 12th 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: 5,158
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $139,400 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (2nd best)
More on White Hall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 5th best place in Arkansas is White Hall. 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 1.9% helps thing too.

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,926
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $147,200 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.4% (1st best)
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell 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 1.4% of folks are jobless, you can bet Lowell residents are glad to live where they do.

Mountain Home, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,303
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $122,200 (30th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (4th best)
More on Mountain Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Home is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $122,200 and households earn a median salary of $39,130. One could get used to that.

Sherwood, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 30,812
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $150,900 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (17th 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 11th highest median income and the 50th shortest commute time.

Farmington, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,810
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $173,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (13th best)
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in Arkansas, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Farmington 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 $56,179 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Farmington as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Farmington.

Greenwood, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,357
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (31st best)
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Greenwood might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Greenwood isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $130,800 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Arkansas.

If Greenwood can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (5.3%) is the 3highest in the state.

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 198,135 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 62 cities, 143 towns, and 298 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Arkansas 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 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 62, 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. You can download the data here.

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 2020.

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. West Memphis (Pop. 25,009)
  2. Helena-West Helena (Pop. 10,965)
  3. Camden (Pop. 11,152)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Arkansas?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Bentonville 46,857 2.5% $221,400
2 Maumelle 18,053 4.3% $221,600
3 Centerton 13,252 2.2% $170,700
4 Cabot 26,176 3.6% $148,400
5 White Hall 5,158 1.9% $139,400
6 Lowell 8,926 1.4% $147,200
7 Mountain Home 12,303 2.4% $122,200
8 Sherwood 30,812 3.8% $150,900
9 Farmington 6,810 3.3% $173,700
10 Greenwood 9,357 5.3% $130,800

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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