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.
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:
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:
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
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.
Population: 5,090Property Crime Rank: 11Violent Crime Rank: 103
2. White Hall
Population: 5,319Property Crime Rank: 556Violent Crime Rank: 561
Population: 9,283 Property Crime Rank: 133Violent Crime Rank: 1,386
Population: 10,764 Property Crime Rank: 282Violent Crime Rank: 2,476
Population: 6,336Property Crime Rank: 1,162Violent Crime Rank: 1,221
Population: 25,102Property Crime Rank: 1,537Violent Crime Rank: 1,615
Population: 40,368Property Crime Rank: 1,423Violent Crime Rank: 1,910
Population: 5,852Property Crime Rank: 1,075Violent Crime Rank: 2,711
Population: 17,695Property Crime Rank: 2,052Violent Crime Rank: 1,367
Population: 8,011Property Crime Rank: 1,717Violent 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
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