These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas

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 54 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. Bella Vista
  3. Greenwood
  4. White Hall
  5. Centerton
  6. Lowell
  7. Maumelle
  8. Warren
  9. De Queen
  10. Cabot

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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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 (2014). 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
These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places in Arkansas

For example, there were a total of 19 crimes committed in Greenbrier which had a reported population of 5,209. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00365 which translates into a 1 in 274 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 54 places in Arkansas to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 54 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 43 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: 5,209
Property Crime Rank: 2
Violent Crime Rank: 17

2. Bella Vista

Bella Vista - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,913
Property Crime Rank: 13
Violent Crime Rank: 40

3. Greenwood

Greenwood - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,358
Property Crime Rank: 7
Violent Crime Rank: 54

4. White Hall

White Hall - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,254
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 22

5. Centerton

Centerton - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,815
Property Crime Rank: 16
Violent Crime Rank: 75

6. Lowell

Lowell - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,096
Property Crime Rank: 53
Violent Crime Rank: 66

7. Maumelle

Maumelle - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,859
Property Crime Rank: 78
Violent Crime Rank: 28

8. Warren

Warren - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,855
Property Crime Rank: 55
Violent Crime Rank: 107

9. De Queen

De Queen - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,748
Property Crime Rank: 76
Violent Crime Rank: 65

10. Cabot

Cabot - Safest Places In Arkansas
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,819
Property Crime Rank: 92
Violent Crime Rank: 57

There You Have It

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: Newport
2nd Most Dangerous: Little Rock
Most Dangerous: Blytheville

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Arkansas

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Bella Vista227,9131340
White Hall45,2544022
De Queen96,7487665
Pea Ridge115,0798784
Mountain Home1212,24012127
Siloam Springs1716,04710489
Van Buren1823,11711080
Heber Springs267,14814396
North Little Rock3567,031131148
El Dorado4018,461149163
Fort Smith4487,989162156
Pine Bluff4745,402166169
West Memphis4825,370164172
Helena-West Helena5011,411168170
Little Rock53198,217171171

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