These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Arkansas For 2018


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 2018:

  1. Lake Hamilton (Homes For Sale)
  2. Cave Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Austin (Homes For Sale)
  4. Greenland (Homes For Sale)
  5. Johnson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Rockwell (Homes For Sale)
  7. Salem (Homes For Sale)
  8. Elm Springs (Homes For Sale)
  9. West Fork (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Little Flock (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Lake Hamilton, 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:

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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 – 142 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 142, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Arkansas. Top of that list — Lake Hamilton.

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

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1. Lake Hamilton


Population: 1,874
Median Income: $55,000 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $315,600 (1st Best)
More on Lake Hamilton: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Cave Springs

Cave Springs, AR

Population: 2,803
Median Income: $89,231 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $236,100 (4th Best)
More on Cave Springs: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

3. Austin


Population: 3,108
Median Income: $72,188 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $137,300 (18th Best)
More on Austin: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Greenland


Population: 1,516
Median Income: $56,771 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $146,600 (15th Best)
More on Greenland: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Johnson

Johnson, AR

Population: 3,573
Median Income: $55,726 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $166,600 (10th Best)
More on Johnson: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Rockwell


Population: 3,883
Median Income: $54,837 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $182,100 (8th Best)
More on Rockwell: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Salem


Population: 2,571
Median Income: $65,694 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $151,500 (14th Best)
More on Salem: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Elm Springs


Population: 2,239
Median Income: $57,102 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $220,700 (5th Best)
More on Elm Springs: Data| Homes For Sale

9. West Fork

West Fork, AR

Population: 2,491
Median Income: $46,685 (27th Best)
Median Home Value: $121,100 (24th Best)
More on West Fork: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

10. Little Flock


Population: 2,753
Median Income: $44,876 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $214,600 (6th Best)
More on Little Flock: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Goshen


Population: 1,601
Median Income: $98,854 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $287,400 (2nd Best)
More on Goshen: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Prairie Creek


Population: 2,122
Median Income: $51,849 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $176,500 (9th Best)
More on Prairie Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Wooster


Population: 1,061
Median Income: $64,531 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $200,000 (7th Best)
More on Wooster: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Shannon Hills


Population: 3,614
Median Income: $58,155 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $123,000 (21st Best)
More on Shannon Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Atkins


Population: 3,038
Median Income: $39,260 (49th Best)
Median Home Value: $88,400 (51st Best)
More on Atkins: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Tontitown


Population: 2,828
Median Income: $75,027 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $252,100 (3rd Best)
More on Tontitown: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Lavaca


Population: 2,592
Median Income: $49,694 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $107,600 (33rd Best)
More on Lavaca: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Vilonia


Population: 4,298
Median Income: $66,380 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $152,700 (13th Best)
More on Vilonia: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Sheridan

Sheridan, AR

Population: 4,794
Median Income: $46,604 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $146,200 (16th Best)
More on Sheridan: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

20. Carlisle


Population: 2,123
Median Income: $49,545 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $88,900 (48th Best)
More on Carlisle: Data| 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. Eudora
  3. Horseshoe Bend

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Arkansas

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Lake Hamilton 1,874 $55,000 $315,600
2 Cave Springs 2,803 $89,231 $236,100
3 Austin 3,108 $72,188 $137,300
4 Greenland 1,516 $56,771 $146,600
5 Johnson 3,573 $55,726 $166,600
6 Rockwell 3,883 $54,837 $182,100
7 Salem 2,571 $65,694 $151,500
8 Elm Springs 2,239 $57,102 $220,700
9 West Fork 2,491 $46,685 $121,100
10 Little Flock 2,753 $44,876 $214,600
11 Goshen 1,601 $98,854 $287,400
12 Prairie Creek 2,122 $51,849 $176,500
13 Wooster 1,061 $64,531 $200,000
14 Shannon Hills 3,614 $58,155 $123,000
15 Atkins 3,038 $39,260 $88,400
16 Tontitown 2,828 $75,027 $252,100
17 Lavaca 2,592 $49,694 $107,600
18 Vilonia 4,298 $66,380 $152,700
19 Sheridan 4,794 $46,604 $146,200
20 Carlisle 2,123 $49,545 $88,900
21 Haskell 4,376 $67,321 $117,400
22 Prairie Grove 4,997 $58,796 $134,900
23 Brookland 2,717 $41,344 $96,700
24 Bethel Heights 2,490 $53,250 $142,900
25 Lonoke 4,244 $44,410 $99,000
26 Tumbling Shoals 1,000 $55,972 $130,300
27 Ward 4,608 $51,543 $116,100
28 Holiday Island 2,238 $47,643 $155,400
29 Gosnell 3,344 $41,953 $83,300
30 Gentry 3,675 $45,339 $113,200
31 Gravette 3,252 $39,667 $97,900
32 Gassville 2,422 $39,097 $88,900
33 Dardanelle 4,653 $36,468 $107,300
34 Pottsville 3,017 $42,336 $118,200
35 Elkins 2,867 $55,735 $122,900
36 Bull Shoals 2,311 $36,200 $116,400
37 Bono 2,453 $41,070 $82,700
38 Highland 1,059 $40,694 $89,900
39 Walnut Ridge 4,723 $39,111 $85,600
40 Eureka Springs 2,088 $34,143 $157,000
41 Charleston 2,799 $39,872 $86,400
42 Paris 3,474 $33,177 $84,600
43 Green Forest 2,774 $38,125 $82,500
44 Redfield 1,682 $50,313 $110,600
45 Fairfield Bay 2,416 $35,602 $112,300
46 Rector 1,955 $32,260 $68,400
47 Mcalmont 1,845 $33,972 $76,300
48 Plumerville 1,031 $37,768 $74,800
49 Lake City 2,570 $40,995 $72,300
50 Dewitt 3,197 $31,327 $59,700
51 Mayflower 1,885 $44,180 $122,900
52 West Crossett 1,073 $41,935 $70,900
53 Piney 4,145 $30,334 $78,200
54 England 2,793 $32,917 $93,100
55 Murfreesboro 1,734 $26,932 $76,300
56 North Crossett 3,060 $39,181 $72,900
57 Hazen 1,460 $36,458 $76,700
58 Smackover 1,968 $32,450 $67,200
59 Cedarville 1,529 $50,333 $98,300
60 Danville 2,357 $38,214 $88,800
61 Mount Ida 1,218 $40,444 $83,300
62 Melbourne 1,753 $31,905 $84,000
63 Monette 1,752 $50,069 $82,800
64 Mansfield 1,439 $41,548 $84,400
65 Bay 1,956 $37,074 $79,000
66 Corning 3,177 $25,608 $56,500
67 Manila 3,265 $35,899 $108,700
68 Hampton 1,331 $26,444 $71,700
69 Dover 1,553 $35,893 $96,900
70 Fordyce 4,096 $33,026 $77,100
71 Flippin 1,468 $24,568 $76,100
72 Harrisburg 2,419 $33,803 $79,900
73 Star City 2,145 $27,636 $81,600
74 Alexander 2,794 $37,853 $91,400
75 Landmark 3,045 $42,554 $105,100
76 Mccrory 1,872 $29,750 $69,400
77 Lake Village 2,674 $33,462 $72,700
78 Perryville 1,616 $40,766 $86,300
79 Newark 1,276 $36,250 $71,400
80 Kibler 1,161 $38,295 $85,300
81 Marmaduke 1,293 $32,350 $60,900
82 Clinton 2,565 $36,429 $104,400
83 Nashville 4,530 $28,229 $79,100
84 Booneville 3,934 $28,427 $84,700
85 Lamar 1,646 $35,055 $86,800
86 Calico Rock 1,714 $24,000 $76,300
87 Tuckerman 2,088 $35,865 $66,900
88 Yellville 1,216 $28,861 $95,100
89 Barling 4,747 $43,362 $93,000
90 Midway 1,096 $28,897 $80,000
91 Marshall 1,659 $31,250 $66,100
92 Waldron 3,472 $28,152 $63,500
93 Cherokee Village 4,669 $33,710 $76,600
94 Tyronza 1,016 $39,191 $64,800
95 Dumas 4,416 $22,771 $58,100
96 Hamburg 2,783 $28,512 $69,400
97 Diaz 1,407 $27,731 $68,600
98 Ashdown 4,533 $27,463 $75,600
99 Mcgehee 3,991 $21,378 $70,200
100 Decatur 2,272 $37,750 $81,800

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