These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Arkansas For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Arkansas are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Arkansas, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Natural State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Arkansas based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Arkansas ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Arkansas for 2019:

  1. Cave Springs (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lake Hamilton (Homes)
  3. Salem (Homes)
  4. Elm Springs (Homes)
  5. Johnson (Photos | Homes)
  6. Greenland (Homes)
  7. Austin (Homes)
  8. Rockwell (Homes)
  9. Prairie Creek (Homes)
  10. Tontitown (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Cave Springs, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Natural State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Arkansas

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 141 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 141, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Arkansas. Top of that list — Cave Springs.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Arkansas.

Cave Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,320
Median Income: $103,676 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $281,100 (3rd Best)
More on Cave Springs: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,186
Median Income: $66,700 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $318,200 (1st Best)
More on Lake Hamilton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,323
Median Income: $69,844 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,000 (14th Best)
More on Salem: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,153
Median Income: $60,114 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $249,600 (5th Best)
More on Elm Springs: Data | Homes For Sale

Johnson, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 3,611
Median Income: $61,114 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,300 (12th Best)
More on Johnson: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 1,655
Median Income: $62,813 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $149,600 (16th Best)
More on Greenland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,789
Median Income: $73,000 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,800 (19th Best)
More on Austin: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,049
Median Income: $48,359 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $192,100 (9th Best)
More on Rockwell: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,150
Median Income: $59,219 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,600 (7th Best)
More on Prairie Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,062
Median Income: $76,089 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $264,000 (4th Best)
More on Tontitown: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,661
Median Income: $108,750 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $295,200 (2nd Best)
More on Goshen: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,390
Median Income: $66,759 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (17th Best)
More on Vilonia: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 3,674
Median Income: $57,625 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $127,800 (20th Best)
More on Shannon Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,098
Median Income: $64,896 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $186,300 (10th Best)
More on Avilla: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,702
Median Income: $47,159 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $220,300 (6th Best)
More on Little Flock: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,084
Median Income: $64,609 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $203,300 (8th Best)
More on Wooster: Data | Homes For Sale

West Fork, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,531
Median Income: $46,758 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $122,200 (25th Best)
More on West Fork: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,037
Median Income: $37,875 (60th Best)
Median Home Value: $89,400 (54th Best)
More on Atkins: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,375
Median Income: $46,695 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $88,600 (56th Best)
More on Gosnell: Data | Homes For Sale

Lonoke, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,229
Median Income: $43,942 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $113,200 (30th Best)
More on Lonoke: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Arkansas are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Arkansas:

  1. Hughes
  2. Horseshoe Bend
  3. Lewisville

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Arkansas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Cave Springs 3,320 $103,676.0 $281,100.0
2 Lake Hamilton 2,186 $66,700.0 $318,200.0
3 Salem 2,323 $69,844.0 $156,000.0
4 Elm Springs 2,153 $60,114.0 $249,600.0
5 Johnson 3,611 $61,114.0 $163,300.0
6 Greenland 1,655 $62,813.0 $149,600.0
7 Austin 2,789 $73,000.0 $137,800.0
8 Rockwell 4,049 $48,359.0 $192,100.0
9 Prairie Creek 2,150 $59,219.0 $212,600.0
10 Tontitown 3,062 $76,089.0 $264,000.0
11 Goshen 1,661 $108,750.0 $295,200.0
12 Vilonia 4,390 $66,759.0 $149,500.0
13 Shannon Hills 3,674 $57,625.0 $127,800.0
14 Avilla 1,098 $64,896.0 $186,300.0
15 Little Flock 2,702 $47,159.0 $220,300.0
16 Wooster 1,084 $64,609.0 $203,300.0
17 West Fork 2,531 $46,758.0 $122,200.0
18 Atkins 3,037 $37,875.0 $89,400.0
19 Gosnell 3,375 $46,695.0 $88,600.0
20 Lonoke 4,229 $43,942.0 $113,200.0
21 Holiday Island 2,247 $52,083.0 $168,000.0
22 Brookland 2,986 $43,224.0 $105,000.0
23 Carlisle 2,175 $45,804.0 $89,800.0
24 Gassville 2,548 $39,334.0 $92,900.0
25 Sheridan 4,850 $44,936.0 $141,400.0
26 Bethel Heights 2,560 $53,063.0 $158,400.0
27 Ward 4,799 $53,516.0 $117,700.0
28 Bull Shoals 2,312 $39,352.0 $124,200.0
29 Wilson 1,016 $51,985.0 $85,500.0
30 Star City 1,993 $32,204.0 $83,200.0
31 Gentry 3,743 $45,220.0 $119,400.0
32 Haskell 4,495 $72,628.0 $116,700.0
33 Lavaca 2,584 $51,080.0 $103,300.0
34 Green Forest 2,673 $40,153.0 $82,500.0
35 Pottsville 3,072 $42,794.0 $119,200.0
36 Gravette 3,293 $39,706.0 $105,700.0
37 Murfreesboro 1,778 $32,250.0 $75,100.0
38 England 2,758 $40,543.0 $98,300.0
39 Eureka Springs 2,173 $33,427.0 $152,800.0
40 Dardanelle 4,588 $35,899.0 $98,000.0
41 Bono 2,494 $41,042.0 $92,900.0
42 Fordyce 4,014 $32,248.0 $77,800.0
43 Bay 1,887 $39,798.0 $82,300.0
44 Plumerville 1,114 $38,024.0 $80,100.0
45 Tumbling Shoals 1,005 $57,396.0 $127,400.0
46 Charleston 2,729 $38,929.0 $85,200.0
47 Danville 2,259 $42,800.0 $86,700.0
48 Elkins 2,948 $61,528.0 $127,100.0
49 Calico Rock 1,995 $40,772.0 $75,500.0
50 Fairfield Bay 2,458 $34,583.0 $112,000.0
51 Harrisburg 2,439 $37,852.0 $76,700.0
52 Dover 1,503 $34,183.0 $105,300.0
53 Mcalmont 1,704 $30,732.0 $81,600.0
54 Cedarville 1,358 $50,339.0 $100,900.0
55 Kibler 1,128 $42,750.0 $102,200.0
56 Melbourne 1,925 $35,952.0 $81,500.0
57 Highland 1,093 $40,946.0 $91,000.0
58 Redfield 1,517 $50,000.0 $110,800.0
59 Mayflower 2,218 $44,953.0 $124,700.0
60 Lake City 2,425 $44,514.0 $78,600.0
61 Alexander 2,881 $40,000.0 $78,400.0
62 Smackover 1,973 $37,083.0 $62,700.0
63 Hazen 1,386 $35,363.0 $79,000.0
64 Booneville 3,876 $33,042.0 $86,400.0
65 Yellville 1,079 $29,583.0 $97,800.0
66 Monette 1,666 $48,036.0 $81,400.0
67 Mount Ida 1,227 $38,621.0 $70,000.0
68 Marmaduke 1,331 $34,107.0 $61,800.0
69 Lamar 1,763 $35,040.0 $88,700.0
70 Barling 4,809 $44,223.0 $97,500.0
71 West Crossett 1,049 $36,842.0 $65,600.0
72 Dewitt 3,166 $29,579.0 $63,200.0
73 Perryville 1,651 $41,207.0 $94,800.0
74 Nashville 4,469 $26,667.0 $84,400.0
75 Mccrory 1,746 $29,375.0 $71,000.0
76 Rector 2,075 $28,500.0 $68,300.0
77 Corning 3,205 $25,262.0 $59,000.0
78 Tuckerman 2,029 $36,979.0 $66,900.0
79 Prescott 3,112 $30,707.0 $61,600.0
80 Mansfield 1,301 $40,156.0 $83,000.0
81 Cave City 2,615 $30,461.0 $67,400.0
82 Paris 3,412 $31,523.0 $82,200.0
83 Lake Village 2,706 $33,250.0 $69,800.0
84 Landmark 3,313 $46,286.0 $96,200.0
85 Des Arc 1,803 $32,099.0 $64,900.0
86 Piggott 3,667 $31,061.0 $82,300.0
87 Newark 1,189 $35,769.0 $71,600.0
88 Waldron 3,435 $27,213.0 $62,800.0
89 Decatur 2,178 $43,250.0 $82,400.0
90 Marvell 1,242 $25,128.0 $50,000.0
91 Hampton 1,403 $28,347.0 $71,200.0
92 Gurdon 2,314 $31,935.0 $70,500.0
93 Piney 4,385 $30,449.0 $94,400.0
94 Dermott 2,653 $25,816.0 $59,100.0
95 Augusta 2,522 $24,875.0 $63,200.0
96 Dierks 1,137 $36,708.0 $61,000.0
97 Marshall 1,900 $28,672.0 $68,700.0
98 Flippin 1,263 $23,897.0 $80,800.0
99 Clinton 2,735 $34,764.0 $110,100.0
100 Dumas 4,358 $24,241.0 $59,400.0

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