Where are the best places in the state of Arkansas?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Natural State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Arkansas.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 60 places in Arkansas, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Bentonville (Photos)
- Maumelle (Photos)
- Bryant (Photos)
- Cabot (Photos)
- White Hall (Photos)
- Sherwood (Photos)
- Lowell (Photos)
- Mountain Home (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 5,200
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,200
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 60 cities, 143 towns, and 333 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 5,200 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.
Population: 42,499Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $184,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (6th best)
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.
\nPlus, the median home values are the 3rd highestin 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.
Population: 17,795 Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Home Values: $218,700 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (6th best)
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.
Population: 19,529 Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $149,700 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (3rd best)
Bryant has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Arkansas.
The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in the state at 2.7%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $62,302, and the average cost of a home is $149,700. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Bryant one of America’s gems.
Population: 11,403 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Values: $144,300 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (1st best)
Centerton has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.
Just about everyone who wants a job in Centerton has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 1.2% and lowering. And the Centerton police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 5th lowest in the state here.
Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?
Population: 9,296 Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Home Values: $128,500 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (14th best)
Greenwood comes in 5th in our best places to live in Arkansas analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (14th overall) and crime rate (2nd overall), Greenwood is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Greenwood in our lists for years to come.
Population: 25,407Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Values: $145,900 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (25th best)
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.
7. White Hall
Population: 5,243Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Home Values: $137,800 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (4th best)
Well, I guess technically 2.9% of White Hall residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 4th 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, White Hall also ranked well for crime (4th) and median income ($61,132).
Population: 30,251Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Home Values: $146,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (16th best)
Perhaps what makes Sherwood so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the higest rate of educationat attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Sherwood great. They also have the 7th highest median income and the 45th shorest commute time.
Population: 8,322Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $136,300 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (1st best)
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Lowell. The crime is the 3rd lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Lowell make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.
The median home costs a cool $136,300 and households make $56,557 which is good for 10th in Arkansas.
10. Mountain Home
Population: 12,312Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $116,100 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (15th best)
Mountain Home 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\Mountain Home had the 34th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $36,273.
Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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)
- Rudy (Pop. 305)
- Wiederkehr Village (Pop. 34)
- Corinth (Pop. 54)
- Cherokee City (Pop. 28)
- Higginson (Pop. 689)
- Scott (Pop. 36)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Arkansas:
- Helena-West Helena (Pop. 11,325)
- Newport (Pop. 7,781)
- Camden (Pop. 11,515)
For more Arkansas reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Arkansas – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Arkansas – RoadSnacks
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Arkansas According To Science
Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Arkansas
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