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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Arkansas, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Greenbrier.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Natural State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 59 cities in Arkansas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Arkansas for 2018:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Arkansas.
Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 19 crimes committed in Greenbrier which had a reported population of 5,416. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0035 which translates into a 1 in 285 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 59 of the biggest cities in Arkansas to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 59 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Arkansas".
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Population: 5,416 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 350 (1st safest) More on Greenbrier:Real Estate | Data
Greenbrier is a city in Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States. It is part of the Little Rock?North Little Rock?Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,706 at the 2010 census, up from 3,042 at the 2000 census.
Population: 9,372 Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 384 (2nd safest) More on Greenwood:Real Estate | Data
Greenwood is a city in and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States, perhaps best known locally for its Arkansas high school football. It is the fifth largest municipality in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 8,952 according to the 2010 US Census.
Population: 46,458 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 182 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,429 (7th safest) More on Bentonville:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the headquarters of Walmart, which is the world's largest retailer. Originally named Osage after the Osage Indians who hunted in the area when white settlers first moved to the area in 1837, the community was renamed to Bentonville in 1906 in honor of New York inventor Linn Boyd Benton, after being first incorporated on April 3, 1873. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 47,093 in 2016.
Population: 18,068 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 132 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,291 (10th safest) More on Maumelle:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Maumelle is an affluent city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 17,163. The city is located northwest of Little Rock, bordering the opposite shore of the Arkansas River and is part of the Little Rock metropolitan area.
Population: 12,584 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 341 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,064 (4th safest) More on Centerton:Real Estate | Data
Centerton is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 9,515 at the 2010 census. Centerton is part of the Fayetteville?Springdale?Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.