These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Arkansas where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 60 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 2019:

  1. Greenbrier (Homes)
  2. White Hall (Photos | Homes)
  3. Greenwood (Photos | Homes)
  4. Bentonville (Photos | Homes)
  5. Lowell (Photos | Homes)
  6. Bella Vista (Photos | Homes)
  7. Cabot (Photos | Homes)
  8. Maumelle (Photos | Homes)
  9. Centerton (Photos | Homes)
  10. De Queen (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Arkansas, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Arkansas

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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 2018) 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)
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For example, there were a total of 25 crimes committed in Greenbrier which had a reported population of 5,488. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0046 which translates into a 1 in 219 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 2017. This left us with a total of 60 of the biggest cities in Arkansas to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 60 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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Greenbrier. The most dangerous city in Arkansas? Little Rock, where residents had a 1 in 11 chance of being the victim of a crime.

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.

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Population: 5,488
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 36 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 419 (2nd 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. White Hall, AR
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Population: 5,009
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,177 (5th safest)
More on White Hall: PhotosReal Estate | Data

White Hall is a city in Washington Township, Jefferson County, Arkansas, with a population of 5,526 in the 2010 census. It is included in the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and the greater Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The city is home to the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Greenwood, AR
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Population: 9,409
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 159 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 414 (1st safest)
More on Greenwood: PhotosReal 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. Bentonville, AR
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Population: 49,301
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,754 (9th safest)
More on Bentonville: PhotosReal 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. Lowell, AR
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Population: 9,220
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 195 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,344 (6th safest)
More on Lowell: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Lowell is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, in the United States. Located within the Ozarks, first settlement was along Old Wire Road in the 1840s, and although destroyed during the Civil War, the community was reestablished by J. H. McClure and thrived when the St. Louis--San Francisco Railway came through the area in the 1880s. Today, the city is a growing bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region. Lowell is also home to the headquarters of trucking company J.B. Hunt.
Bella Vista, AR
Source: Public domain
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Population: 28,721
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 250 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 577 (3rd safest)
More on Bella Vista: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bella Vista is a city in Benton County, Arkansas. First established in 1917 as a summer resort destination, Bella Vista has evolved and redesigned itself over the succeeding years. Bella Vista became a retirement community in 1965, and, after much contention and a 2006 vote of its property owners, became an incorporated city. Cabot, AR
Source: Public domain
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Population: 26,118
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 218 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,554 (8th safest)
More on Cabot: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Maumelle, AR
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Population: 18,278
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 202 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,018 (12th safest)
More on Maumelle: PhotosReal 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. Centerton, AR
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Population: 13,521
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 325 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,109 (4th safest)
More on Centerton: PhotosReal 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. De Queen, AR
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Population: 6,555
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 244 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,227 (14th safest)
More on De Queen: PhotosReal Estate | Data

De Queen is a city and the county seat of Sevier County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 6,629 at the 2010 census. The placename is the anglicization of the family name of the Dutch merchant and railway financier, Jan de Goeijen. De Goeijen was reportedly rather unhappy with the deformation of his name

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Natural State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Greenbrier is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Arkansas residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Arkansas according to the data:

  1. Little Rock
  2. Osceola
  3. Pine Bluff
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List Of Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Greenbrier, AR 5,488 36 419
2 White Hall, AR 5,009 79 1,177
3 Greenwood, AR 9,409 159 414
4 Bentonville, AR 49,301 139 1,754
5 Lowell, AR 9,220 195 1,344
6 Bella Vista, AR 28,721 250 577
7 Cabot, AR 26,118 218 1,554
8 Maumelle, AR 18,278 202 2,018
9 Centerton, AR 13,521 325 1,109
10 De Queen, AR 6,555 244 2,227
11 Batesville, AR 10,806 277 1,989
12 Farmington, AR 6,949 345 1,424
13 Prairie Grove, AR 5,511 272 2,304
14 Pea Ridge, AR 5,506 345 1,779
15 Mountain Home, AR 12,347 202 3,555
16 Mena, AR 5,624 124 3,911
17 Monticello, AR 9,775 378 3,048
18 Heber Springs, AR 7,071 226 3,832
19 Rogers, AR 66,626 399 3,010
20 Siloam Springs, AR 16,680 389 3,219
21 Van Buren, AR 23,456 413 3,001
22 Warren, AR 5,719 559 2,168
23 Conway, AR 66,299 475 3,490
24 Clarksville, AR 9,581 490 3,392
25 Malvern, AR 11,007 399 3,733
26 Berryville, AR 5,390 371 4,081
27 Benton, AR 36,702 392 3,896
28 Pocahontas, AR 6,447 279 4,389
29 Arkadelphia, AR 10,810 536 3,395
30 Russellville, AR 29,786 517 3,588
31 Morrilton, AR 6,715 148 5,822
32 Bryant, AR 20,593 286 4,807
33 Wynne, AR 8,033 634 3,498
34 Jonesboro, AR 76,188 525 4,100
35 Ward, AR 5,007 1,238 2,456
36 Marion, AR 12,356 1,076 3,342
37 Harrison, AR 13,208 605 3,876
38 Beebe, AR 8,258 423 4,541
39 Stuttgart, AR 8,882 731 3,782
40 Sherwood, AR 30,830 554 4,258
41 Crossett, AR 5,069 572 4,438
42 Magnolia, AR 11,568 475 5,489
43 Trumann, AR 7,104 675 4,405
44 North Little Rock, AR 66,938 791 4,129
45 Fayetteville, AR 85,592 601 4,748
46 Paragould, AR 28,588 570 5,086
47 Helena-West Helena, AR 10,609 1,112 4,251
48 Camden, AR 11,069 1,499 3,938
49 Texarkana, AR 30,334 791 4,466
50 Jacksonville, AR 28,540 914 4,453
51 Hot Springs, AR 36,956 589 6,813
52 Fort Smith, AR 88,437 889 5,100
53 El Dorado, AR 18,257 1,128 4,590
54 Hope, AR 9,859 1,196 4,787
55 Blytheville, AR 14,184 768 6,493
56 Alma, AR 5,699 894 6,036
57 West Memphis, AR 25,126 1,779 5,177
58 Pine Bluff, AR 43,040 1,847 5,525
59 Osceola, AR 6,984 2,219 6,013
60 Little Rock, AR 199,314 1,633 6,932

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