These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Arkansas


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Arkansas (in which to live):

  1. Cammack Village
  2. Valley Springs
  3. Burdette
  4. Oakhaven
  5. Higden
  6. Norphlet
  7. Lost Bridge Village
  8. Roe
  9. Ulm
  10. Natural Steps

If you live in one of these small towns like Cammack Village, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Arkansas.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Arkansas

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 259 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 259, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Arkansas. Top of that list — Cammack Village.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Arkansas. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Arkansas.

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1. Cammack Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 858
Median Income: $58,036
Median Home Price: $182,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,847

2. Valley Springs


Population 2014: 273
Median Income: $68,438
Median Home Price: $158,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,336

3. Burdette


Population 2014: 283
Median Income: $97,792
Median Home Price: $183,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,335

4. Oakhaven


Population 2014: 120
Median Income: $42,969
Median Home Price: $95,000
Crime Per 100k: 3,897

5. Higden


Population 2014: 206
Median Income: $51,250
Median Home Price: $176,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,824

6. Norphlet


Population 2014: 1,123
Median Income: $55,313
Median Home Price: $90,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,226

7. Lost Bridge Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 396
Median Income: $55,871
Median Home Price: $233,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,336

8. Roe


Population 2014: 166
Median Income: $97,500
Median Home Price: $73,500
Crime Per 100k: 2,819

9. Ulm


Population 2014: 205
Median Income: $50,125
Median Home Price: $80,300
Crime Per 100k: 4,137

10. Natural Steps


Population 2014: 245
Median Income: $76,705
Median Home Price: $283,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,336

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 10 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. Pyatt
  2. Rondo
  3. Lake View

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Arkansas

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Cammack Village 1 858 $58,036 $182,700 1,847
Valley Springs 2 273 $68,438 $158,200 1,336
Burdette 3 283 $97,792 $183,500 2,335
Oakhaven 4 120 $42,969 $95,000 3,897
Higden 5 206 $51,250 $176,000 1,824
Norphlet 6 1,123 $55,313 $90,000 1,226
Lost Bridge Village 7 396 $55,871 $233,300 1,336
Roe 8 166 $97,500 $73,500 2,819
Ulm 9 205 $50,125 $80,300 4,137
Natural Steps 10 245 $76,705 $283,300 1,336
Staves 11 198 $120,833 $181,300 1,704
Lakeview 12 689 $38,056 $159,000 2,112
Moorefield 13 172 $41,250 $118,800 2,686
Almyra 14 396 $56,125 $59,300 3,800
Midway 15 937 $38,409 $163,500 2,531
Midway 16 937 $38,409 $163,500 2,531
Bonanza 17 595 $59,250 $77,400 3,553
Clarkedale 18 470 $98,214 $161,600 1,794
Oppelo 19 897 $47,014 $84,200 4,022
Wilson 20 803 $49,583 $78,800 3,822
Higginson 21 740 $41,875 $71,600 1,220
Central City 22 542 $50,052 $106,300 3,020
Guy 23 741 $45,417 $105,200 1,264
Rockport 24 922 $39,741 $94,000 3,619
Allport 25 278 $25,885 $105,800 4,506
Shirley 26 649 $46,486 $96,700 3,801
Avilla 27 1,043 $60,250 $199,700 544
Friendship 28 255 $51,563 $86,300 3,618
Scranton 29 308 $50,694 $81,300 3,813
Lead Hill 30 458 $28,750 $86,600 4,205
Bellefonte 31 452 $37,500 $109,400 3,625
Damascus 32 429 $34,773 $87,500 3,117
Horseshoe Lake 33 452 $25,938 $73,100 3,756
Highfill 34 454 $46,063 $158,300 159
Oden 35 338 $38,393 $74,800 4,100
Sulphur Springs 36 1,312 $45,114 $86,900 1,282
Sulphur Springs 37 1,312 $45,114 $86,900 1,282
Avoca 38 417 $54,028 $135,400 2,421
Mountainburg 39 617 $36,136 $78,900 3,967
Ogden 40 230 $33,977 $62,500 4,360
Bigelow 41 552 $50,217 $78,800 4,019
Houston 42 279 $43,333 $86,300 4,006
Caldwell 43 786 $34,472 $99,700 3,289
Altus 44 855 $34,375 $65,100 2,156
Crawfordsville 45 445 $45,268 $67,700 4,286
Subiaco 46 470 $41,875 $95,000 3,985
Dyer 47 714 $41,500 $94,300 1,756
Hartford 48 931 $33,750 $82,200 4,139
Viola 49 431 $36,500 $73,600 4,242
Pangburn 50 669 $32,321 $70,900 2,843
Garfield 51 582 $44,345 $97,700 3,594
Weiner 52 861 $35,313 $53,500 1,295
Caulksville 53 260 $70,625 $87,900 3,210
Yarborough Landing 54 362 $39,583 $73,400 3,997
Bergman 55 416 $46,964 $83,800 3,980
Oak Grove Heights 56 805 $53,839 $90,300 3,498
Pollard 57 414 $53,625 $64,700 4,586
Hector 58 494 $43,125 $79,200 4,053
Plumerville 59 822 $31,875 $70,100 1,963
Fountain Lake 60 707 $49,167 $105,500 3,655
Prattsville 61 712 $44,120 $91,900 4,193
Midland 62 365 $53,125 $45,800 4,520
Knoxville 63 798 $36,875 $84,600 4,001
Jasper 64 591 $19,583 $63,500 2,222
London 65 1,003 $34,375 $75,600 1,425
Gillett 66 630 $34,659 $66,500 4,254
Tillar 67 255 $50,962 $54,400 4,140
Diamond City 68 1,066 $32,452 $82,400 1,448
Mcrae 69 640 $26,442 $68,200 1,767
Holland 70 523 $50,776 $113,500 3,321
Keo 71 241 $54,375 $74,200 3,651
Arkansas City 72 446 $42,813 $33,700 3,257
Perry 73 416 $39,375 $61,300 4,354
Woodson 74 308 $46,422 $111,700 2,544
Lynn 75 235 $43,750 $62,500 4,404
Havana 76 246 $35,417 $76,400 4,099
Junction City 77 546 $45,833 $48,900 4,720
Delight 78 241 $28,438 $52,900 4,072
Greers Ferry 79 722 $28,929 $115,800 2,171
Center Ridge 80 405 $32,917 $157,100 2,729
Omaha 81 228 $31,563 $75,000 4,637
Taylor 82 366 $33,571 $63,200 4,283
Traskwood 83 406 $45,000 $94,600 3,625
Casa 84 110 $48,750 $53,300 3,942
Mount Vernon 85 181 $27,344 $97,000 4,047
Mount Pleasant 86 399 $38,750 $71,800 3,600
Calion 87 432 $30,263 $56,100 4,097
Willisville 88 165 $32,031 $60,800 4,137
Cherry Valley 89 860 $31,488 $58,300 4,514
Salesville 90 474 $31,875 $78,000 4,164
Rose Bud 91 501 $44,554 $94,400 3,299
Caddo Valley 92 724 $44,000 $107,600 4,754
Letona 93 342 $47,813 $62,300 4,573
Fouke 94 1,198 $25,368 $79,200 1,598
Quitman 95 925 $38,295 $84,400 5,179
Mineral Springs 96 1,142 $27,656 $66,700 2,030
Magazine 97 723 $33,239 $59,800 4,276
Ratcliff 98 201 $34,167 $76,800 3,858
West Point 99 247 $21,000 $67,500 4,398
Bradford 100 1,031 $27,083 $61,000 4,624

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