Do you live near a danger hotspot in Arkansas?
Arkansas is the 10th most dangerous state in the nation, according to FBI data, which analyzes crimes per capita on categories such as rapes, robberies, and murders.
But where within Arkansas can we safely say are the most dangerous places to live? That’s what we attempted to analyze in this story.
If you’re from the state of Arkansas, you might not be surprised by the results. Read on below to see the most dangerous places in the Natural State and how we came to our conclusions.
Here are the Most Dangerous Places in Arkansas
- Little Rock
- Helena-West Helena
- Forrest City
- North Little Rock
- El Dorado
How we determined the most dangerous places in Arkansas
There are various public polls, surveys and word of mouth on where the most dangerous areas of Arkansas might be. But we didn’t want to rely on those; instead, we wanted to use cold, hard data in order to get to the bottom of where Arkansas’ danger hot spots are.
So, we analyzed the last three years worth of data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which tracks both violent and property crimes by city (if the city reports it). Property crimes are classified as thefts, robberies and break ins, and violent crimes are classified as murders, rapes and aggravated assaults.
We ranked the cities based on crimes per capita – meaning the odds residents in Arkansas have of being the victim of a crime. We also ranked the most recent years heavier in the results, because recent crimes are more of an indication of how dangerous a place is.
This is by no means a study on the effectiveness of local police departments. It is simply an analysis of where crimes have occurred most frequently.