The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2020

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

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our sixth time rankings the safest places to live in Arkansas.
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Arkansas is famous for many reasons: Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, the fried catfish in Dardanelle, and some super fun, super safe places to live.

And, here, at HomeSnacks, we wanted to know just how safe is Arkansas? More importantly, where, exactly, are the safest cities in The Natural State? So, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 58 cities with over 5,000 residents. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place from Rogers to Crossett.

Moreover, if you choose one of Arkansas' safest places to live, you'll get to experience the South's tastiest BBQ and fried okra, the best toe-tapping bluegrass, and some of the country's most diverse geography. Heck, there's a reason Arkansas' notables like President Clinton and Billy Bob Thornton, and Alice Walton have been singing the praises of places like Hope, Hot Springs, and Newport for years: these are not only some of the best places in the state, they are some of Arkansas' safest.

We suggest that you crank some Johnny Cash, grab a basket of fresh fried catfish bites, and read on as we divulge the safest places in Arkansas for 2020.

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Arkansas for 2020:

  1. Bella Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Cabot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Prairie Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Maumelle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Walnut Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what city is the safest place to live in Arkansas for 2020? Well, according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Bella Vista is the safest place to live in The Land of Opportunity. It's not surprising considering Bella Vista scored a 9/10 snackability safety score with an emphasis on jobs and education.

Check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Arkansas cities to see how your city ranked. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Arkansas, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Bella Vista, AR
Source: Public domain

Population: 28,798
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 670 (2nd safest)
More on Bella Vista: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Welcome to our safest city in the Wonder State: Bella Vista. Once a retirement community, this city in Benton County owes its safety ranking to its Property Owners Association (POA). They make their residents keep everything clean and safe. Why does Bella Vista have a POA? Well, when you have to keep numerous parks, clubhouses, swimming pools, six golf courses, seven lakes, tennis get the point, safe, it takes some money.

Bella Vista is every outdoor enthusiasts dream with extensive hiking and biking trails, lush forests, and valleys and creeks. To be safe, just make sure you wear an orange vest when your out and about because we wouldn't want a hunter to mistake you for a deer.

Greenwood, AR
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Population: 9,454
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 190 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 391 (1st safest)
More on Greenwood: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Greenwood is the ideal destination when you're trying find that true Arkansas heritage and small city vibes. We're not sure if it's where the bobcats roam, but we do know that it's safe enough to let your children roam. And this is definitely one of the reasons it's hanging strong as our second safest city in The Land of Opportunity.

Greenwood is known for its strong housing market, unbreakable economy, and overall affordability. One thing we do know for sure, however, is that there is a true sense of safety and community in this little village in Sebastian County.

Greenwood's motto is 'Feels Like Home," and we would have to agree. This city in central Arkansas offers a safe environment with small town charm that packs a big punch. Not literally, of course. No fighting happens here; that wouldn't be safe. Not to mention, there are a lot of hunters, here.

Cabot, AR
Source: Public domain
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Population: 26,459
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 147 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,523 (8th safest)
More on Cabot: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Hi ho, hi ho, off to our third safest city in Arkansas we go. While it might not be Smurf Village, Cabot is a city filled with individuals who work just as hard with safety always in mind.

Fun fact about Cabot, they are one of the only "dry cities" on our list: no alcohol here. We don't know about you, but we think it is probably one of the main reason it scored an 8/10 on our snackability chart.

Talk to anyone from Arkansas and they will tell you that Cabot is the place to be. There are a boat load of things to do and the residents have the money to safely enjoy life. They have the third highest median household income in Arkansas. So it's not surprising that this city in Lonoke County received an 8/10 job score and an 8/10 score in number of educated residents. Kudos to Cabot!

Whether the residents are busy playing golf at the Greystone Country Club, hanging at their multimillion-dollar library/public meeting complex, or sipping coffee at the local java hut, nothing says safe like a community that creates opportunities to get to know anything and everything about each other.

Lowell, AR
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Population: 9,522
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,197 (4th safest)
More on Lowell: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Lowell, located inside the Ozarks, is our fourth safest city in Arkansas. This little gem of a city in the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, is super safe, super family friendly, and virtually crime free. And bonus, Lowell has its own fire and police station that can reach any residence in less than five minutes.

Lowell's overall HomeSnacks snackability score was a 7/10! Not surprising, considering their safety rating scored an 8/10 and percentage of educated residents earned an 8/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

Lowell's city motto should be "Where you want to be." The people in this corner of the U.S. are super nice, hardworking, individuals that strive to create a better corner of the world for its residents. This is probably why JB Hunt decided to house their trucking headquarters in the northwest corner of Arkansas.

Bentonville, AR
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Population: 51,607
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 205 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,366 (6th safest)
More on Bentonville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

It might not be Little Rock, but this little town with a vibrant downtown scene, unforgettable summer festivals, and year-round fun is just as notable and just as safe. Probably because it's home to the Fortune 500 companies, Walmart, Tyson Foods, and JB Hunt. And definitely why it is our fifth safest city in Arkansas.

It's not a surprise considering this northwest Arkansas' city scored a 9/10 snackability rating with an emphasis on education and affordability. It's a great place to raise a family. And word on the street is that young professionals are starting to take notice and move Bentonville's direction. So don't wait, because the word is out.

This safe city nestled inside Benton County, that draws its cultural influences from the Midwest, West, and the South boasts top notch restaurants, one of kind stores, 22 parks, and over 50 miles of trails. Safe and healthy: good work Bentonville! We know why you are Arkansas' ninth largest city.

Farmington, AR
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Population: 7,032
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 227 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,222 (5th safest)
More on Farmington: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Located in Washington County in northwestern Arkansas, the little city of Farmington ranks as the sixth safest place in the state.

Farmington has the 10th best ranking for violent crimes in Arkansas, but that impressive accolade isn't Farmington's safest feature. Property crime is almost unheard of in Farmington, with only one reported robbery in the last year of data.

That's good news for people hiking or biking the West Kessler Mountain Road, who definitely don't need to worry about lurking bandits.

Prairie Grove, AR
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Population: 5,921
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 185 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,381 (15th safest)
More on Prairie Grove: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Prairie Grove neighbors #6 ranked Farmington, so this whole area is a safe bet if you're looking for a safe place to raise a family.

Visiting local places like Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park reminds you that, in this city, violence is more of a historical concept than modern problem.

Of all the cities on this list, Prairie Grove saw the greatest improvement in its safety numbers when compared to the previous year of data. While Farmington earned its spot on this list by having an impressive property crime ranking, Prairie Grove's excellence is derived more from its excellent violent crime ranking -- the sixth best in Arkansas.

Maumelle, AR
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Population: 18,356
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 256 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,775 (9th safest)
More on Maumelle: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

This true-to-definition Arkansas city is our eighth safest city. Maumelle's a place where work and play meet in this affluent city in Pulaski County. Maumelle's small town charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe, not scary, place to call home. Heck, they scored a whopping 9/10 on our snackability scale with education and job opportunities leading the charge.

Maumelle's slogan should be: "Where It's Happening". They have Lake Willastein and Lake Valencia, several bicycles trails and wooden bridges, and they boast the longest pedestrian bridge in North America. We think that definitely shouts love for their residents.

So, if safe, family friendly, economically sound communities, that are happening, is your cup of tea, you better hurry because Maumelle's homes are selling like hotcakes.

Walnut Ridge, AR
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Population: 5,013
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 279 (17th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,496 (7th safest)
More on Walnut Ridge: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

The smallest city to make this list, Walnut Ridge has a whole lot going for it in terms of safety. For starters, the community didn't have a single robbery in the last year of data, so it's a pretty good place to misplace your valuables.

So go nuts at Beatles Fest, an annual concert that commemorates the time the British band stopped in Walnut Ridge for a couple of days. In a place as safe as Walnut Ridge, you really can "imagine all the people living life in peace."

Centerton, AR
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Population: 14,791
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 398 (22nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 878 (3rd safest)
More on Centerton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Detailed Crime Report

Once a railroad stop and a fruit orchard community, Centerton is now at the center of it all. Not just because it made our list, of course, but because it's so safe.

Centerton has been holding strong on our top 10 list for the last couple of years. So, it's no surprise that it's our tenth safest city in Arkansas.

Located in The Natural State's extreme northwest corner, Centerton is truly "Arkansas at Its Best." With the help of their famous McKissick Springs and their steady growth in the city's economy, education and hospitality, Centerton was able to score 8/10 in safety and an 8.5/10 in affordability. Affordable and welcoming! Good work Centerton.

So flip on your moving truck hazards, put on your fluorescent orange safety vest, grab the kids, and move your life to Centerton, Arkansas. Take if from us, that would be the safe thing to do.

How we calculated the safest cities in Arkansas for 2020

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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 (Published Sept 2019) 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 246 crimes committed in Bella Vista which had a reported population of 28,798. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0085 which translates into a 1 in 117 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 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 58 of the biggest cities in Arkansas to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 58 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" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city in Arkansas, based on our criteria, is Bella Vista. The most dangerous city in Arkansas? Little Rock, where residents had a 1 in 12 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Bella Vista 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. West Memphis
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Arkansas For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Bella Vista, AR 28,798 184 670
2 Greenwood, AR 9,454 190 391
3 Cabot, AR 26,459 147 1,523
4 Lowell, AR 9,522 189 1,197
5 Bentonville, AR 51,607 205 1,366
6 Farmington, AR 7,032 227 1,222
7 Prairie Grove, AR 5,921 185 2,381
8 Maumelle, AR 18,356 256 1,775
9 Walnut Ridge, AR 5,013 279 1,496
10 Centerton, AR 14,791 398 878
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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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