These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2017

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 live in the safest state, either. Arkansas is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Natural State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 55 places in Arkansas with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Greenbrier
  2. White Hall
  3. Greenwood
  4. Centerton
  5. Farmington
  6. Cabot
  7. Bentonville
  8. Warren
  9. Maumelle
  10. Lowell

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

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How we calculated the safest cities in Arkansas

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 2015). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 114 crimes committed in Greenbrier which had a reported population of 5,090. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0224 which translates into a 1 in 45 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 2014. This left us with a total of 55 places in Arkansas to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 55 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Greenbrier. The most dangerous? Blytheville, where residents had a 1 in 2 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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1. Greenbrier

Greenbrier - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,090
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 103

2. White Hall

White Hall - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,319
Property Crime Rank: 556
Violent Crime Rank: 561

3. Greenwood

Population: 9,283
Property Crime Rank: 133
Violent Crime Rank: 1,386

4. Centerton

Population: 10,764
Property Crime Rank: 282
Violent Crime Rank: 2,476

5. Farmington

Farmington - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,336
Property Crime Rank: 1,162
Violent Crime Rank: 1,221

6. Cabot

Cabot - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,102
Property Crime Rank: 1,537
Violent Crime Rank: 1,615

7. Bentonville

Bentonville - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,368
Property Crime Rank: 1,423
Violent Crime Rank: 1,910

8. Warren

Warren - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,852
Property Crime Rank: 1,075
Violent Crime Rank: 2,711

9. Maumelle

Maumelle - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,695
Property Crime Rank: 2,052
Violent Crime Rank: 1,367

10. Lowell

Lowell - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,011
Property Crime Rank: 1,717
Violent Crime Rank: 2,186

There You Have It - The Safest In Arkansas

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Greenbrier is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Arkansas residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Arkansas:
3rd Most Dangerous: Trumann
2nd Most Dangerous: Little Rock
Most Dangerous: Blytheville

Detailed List Of The 100 Safest Cities To Live In Arkansas

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
White Hall25,319556561
De Queen116,6781,9331,888
Pea Ridge125,0461,6492,904
Heber Springs147,1872,9271,567
Siloam Springs1815,8322,5212,705
Van Buren2422,9922,8212,834
Mountain Home2512,3093,3242,015
North Little Rock4065,5383,4113,519
El Dorado4318,4803,4433,622
Fort Smith4787,6033,6293,520
Helena-West Helena4911,5463,5163,792
West Memphis5125,5443,5263,827
Pine Bluff5246,2283,6403,757
Little Rock54196,9433,7133,810

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