Top 15 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2018

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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:

  1. Greenbrier (Homes)
  2. Lowell (Photos | Homes)
  3. Bella Vista (Photos | Homes)
  4. Greenwood (Photos | Homes)
  5. Bentonville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Maumelle (Photos | Homes)
  7. White Hall (Photos | Homes)
  8. Cabot (Photos | Homes)
  9. Centerton (Photos | Homes)
  10. Prairie Grove (Photos | Homes)
  11. Batesville (Photos | Homes)
  12. De Queen (Photos | Homes)
  13. Mountain Home (Photos | Homes)
  14. Warren (Photos | Homes)
  15. Malvern (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 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)
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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".

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.

1. Greenbrier

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.

2. Lowell

Lowell, AR

Population: 8,812
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 181 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,180 (5th 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.

3. Bella Vista

Bella Vista, AR
Source: Public domain

Population: 28,274
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 233 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 682 (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.

4. Greenwood

Greenwood, AR

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: 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.

5. Bentonville

Bentonville, AR

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: 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.

6. Maumelle

Maumelle, AR

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: 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.

7. White Hall

White Hall, AR

Population: 5,114
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 234 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,329 (6th 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.

8. Cabot

Cabot, AR
Source: Public domain

Population: 25,927
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 239 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,024 (9th safest)
More on Cabot: PhotosReal Estate | Data

9. Centerton

Centerton, AR

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: 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.

10. Prairie Grove

Prairie Grove, AR

Population: 5,345
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 299 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,357 (11th safest)
More on Prairie Grove: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Prairie Grove is a city in Washington County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 4,380 at the 2010 Census. It is part of the Northwest Arkansas region, and home to Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The park spans a large amount of land and contains a visitor center, museum, several monuments, a driving tour and a collection of period buildings and homes.

11. Batesville

Batesville, AR
Source: Public domain

Population: 10,732
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 288 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,823 (14th safest)
More on Batesville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas, United States, 80 miles northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 10,248. The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and northeast Arkansas.

12. De Queen

De Queen, AR

Population: 6,724
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 356 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,662 (13th 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

13. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, AR
Source: Public domain

Population: 12,305
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 227 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,014 (27th safest)
More on Mountain Home: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mountain Home is a small city and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,448. A total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County.

14. Warren

Warren, AR

Population: 5,767
Rank Last Year: 14 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 450 (24th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,479 (12th safest)
More on Warren: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Warren is a city in and the county seat of Bradley County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,003.

15. Malvern

Malvern, AR

Population: 11,016
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 299 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,703 (22nd safest)
More on Malvern: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Malvern is a city in and the county seat of Hot Spring County, Arkansas, United States. Founded as a railroad stop at the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains, the community's history and economy have been tied to available agricultural and mineral resources. The production of bricks from locally available clay has earned the city the nickname, "The Brick Capital of the World". The city had a population of 10,318 at the time of the 2010 census, and in 2015 the estimated population was 10,928.

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. Pine Bluff
  3. Blytheville
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Greenbrier, AR 5,416 0 350
2 Lowell, AR 8,812 181 1,180
3 Bella Vista, AR 28,274 233 682
4 Greenwood, AR 9,372 256 384
5 Bentonville, AR 46,458 182 1,429
6 Maumelle, AR 18,068 132 2,291
7 White Hall, AR 5,114 234 1,329
8 Cabot, AR 25,927 239 2,024
9 Centerton, AR 12,584 341 1,064
10 Prairie Grove, AR 5,345 299 2,357
11 Batesville, AR 10,732 288 2,823
12 De Queen, AR 6,724 356 2,662
13 Mountain Home, AR 12,305 227 4,014
14 Warren, AR 5,767 450 2,479
15 Malvern, AR 11,016 299 3,703
16 Bryant, AR 20,687 140 4,321
17 Siloam Springs, AR 16,277 356 3,557
18 Magnolia, AR 11,642 446 3,281
19 Monticello, AR 9,860 446 3,326
20 Mena, AR 5,635 354 3,762
21 Heber Springs, AR 7,144 503 3,205
22 Pea Ridge, AR 5,331 562 1,725
23 Beebe, AR 8,269 459 3,664
24 Arkadelphia, AR 10,755 418 4,053
25 Rogers, AR 64,616 519 3,460
26 Berryville, AR 5,386 464 4,158
27 Van Buren, AR 23,133 566 3,752
28 Clarksville, AR 9,482 411 4,587
29 Sherwood, AR 30,676 524 4,084
30 Morrilton, AR 6,733 267 5,896
31 Harrison, AR 13,178 584 3,847
32 Pocahontas, AR 6,405 421 4,621
33 Stuttgart, AR 9,002 510 4,399
34 Benton, AR 34,920 506 4,438
35 Conway, AR 66,104 506 4,492
36 Fayetteville, AR 84,726 535 4,391
37 Jonesboro, AR 75,230 514 4,478
38 Camden, AR 11,191 1,009 3,645
39 Russellville, AR 29,366 629 4,314
40 Wynne, AR 8,161 771 4,239
41 Marion, AR 12,270 863 4,001
42 North Little Rock, AR 67,344 746 4,344
43 Paragould, AR 28,254 569 4,884
44 Crossett, AR 5,166 561 5,613
45 Texarkana, AR 30,429 594 5,498
46 Jacksonville, AR 28,684 861 4,556
47 Helena-West Helena, AR 10,898 1,128 4,514
48 Alma, AR 5,595 840 5,647
49 Trumann, AR 7,118 646 6,026
50 Fort Smith, AR 88,573 803 5,903
51 Hope, AR 9,852 1,228 4,953
52 Newport, AR 7,733 931 5,845
53 El Dorado, AR 18,297 1,060 5,667
54 West Memphis, AR 24,818 1,857 4,835
55 Hot Springs, AR 35,716 775 8,069
56 Forrest City, AR 14,544 1,175 5,933
57 Blytheville, AR 14,523 1,404 6,031
58 Pine Bluff, AR 43,976 1,603 6,335
59 Little Rock, AR 198,800 1,531 6,898

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