Richest Cities In Arkansas For 2020


We analyzed 62 places in Arkansas to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Arkansas.

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Lowell, White Hall, Centerton: These cities aren't just some of the best places to live in Arkansas. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Natural State.

Lowell in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $66,994 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.96054114994363%.

If you're thinking of moving to one of these towns, you'll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Arkansas share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 64 places in Arkansas with more than 5,000 people.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Arkansas.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Arkansas:

The 10 Richest Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,926
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Median Income: $66,994
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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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.

White Hall, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,158
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Income: $67,148
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.9%
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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.

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,252
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $73,015
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Centerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,857
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,934
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 7.5%
More on Bentonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Bryant, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,944
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $65,364
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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Pea Ridge, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,485
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $61,224
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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Pea Ridge is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The name Pea Ridge comes from a combination of the physical location of the original settlement of the town, across the crest of an Ozark Mountains ridge, and for the hog peanuts or turkey peas that had been originally cultivated by Native American tribes centuries before European settlement, which later helped to provide basic subsistence once those pioneer settlers arrived.

Farmington, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,810
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $56,179
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Farmington is a city in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is nestled in a valley among the Boston Mountains, a subset of the Ozark Mountains. Although the first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, the community did not incorporate until 1946. Located immediately west of Fayetteville in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Farmington has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 66% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It has been characterized as a bedroom community by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

Maumelle, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,053
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $87,295
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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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.

Prairie Grove, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,493
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 8)
Median Income: $64,914
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.2%
More on Prairie Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 64,947
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,079
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 10.6%
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rogers is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 55,964 making it the state's-eighth largest city. Rogers is located in the northwest portion of the state in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 465,776 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau.

How We Determined The Richest Places In Arkansas For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Arkansas
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 64 places with more than 5,000 people in Arkansas, we ranked each place from 1 to 64 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Lowell, crowned the "Richest City In Arkansas For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 64 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Arkansas For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Arkansas, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Arkansas.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Arkansas, according to data:

Poorest: Helena-West Helena
2nd Poorest: Osceola
3rd Poorest: Mena

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Arkansas

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Lowell 2.67 $66,994
2 White Hall 4.33 $67,148
3 Centerton 5.0 $73,015
4 Bentonville 5.0 $81,934
5 Bryant 7.0 $65,364
6 Pea Ridge 7.67 $61,224
7 Farmington 10.0 $56,179
8 Maumelle 10.0 $87,295
9 Prairie Grove 10.0 $64,914
10 Rogers 11.33 $57,079
11 Benton 13.33 $55,805
12 Sherwood 14.33 $61,032
13 Cabot 15.0 $57,341
14 Greenwood 18.0 $61,075
15 Mountain Home 19.0 $39,130
16 Marion 20.67 $71,524
17 Springdale 21.0 $50,192
18 Little Rock 21.0 $49,957
19 Conway 21.33 $46,972
20 Batesville 22.33 $44,916
21 Greenbrier 24.33 $45,625
22 Beebe 24.67 $51,783
23 Berryville 25.0 $43,903
24 Trumann 26.0 $40,934
25 Alma 26.0 $45,567
26 Paragould 26.67 $45,315
27 Siloam Springs 26.67 $46,333
28 Jacksonville 27.33 $45,797
29 Heber Springs 28.67 $40,748
30 Jonesboro 31.0 $44,780
31 Fayetteville 31.67 $42,101
32 Van Buren 33.33 $43,966
33 Searcy 33.33 $40,044
34 Clarksville 33.67 $35,811
35 Fort Smith 34.33 $40,004
36 Harrison 34.33 $37,748
37 Morrilton 35.0 $34,174
38 Wynne 35.33 $42,864
39 Arkadelphia 36.33 $32,717
40 De Queen 38.33 $38,405
41 Pocahontas 39.67 $35,793
42 North Little Rock 40.0 $41,780
43 Walnut Ridge 40.0 $38,917
44 Cherokee Village 40.67 $38,132
45 Stuttgart 41.0 $38,268
46 El Dorado 42.0 $42,411
47 Russellville 42.67 $36,837
48 Texarkana 46.33 $38,701
49 Hope 47.33 $35,677
50 Crossett 48.33 $31,019
51 Blytheville 51.33 $36,824
52 Hot Springs 51.67 $34,120
53 Monticello 52.33 $34,171
54 Magnolia 53.33 $34,366
55 Forrest City 53.33 $32,038
56 Newport 54.67 $29,877
57 Warren 54.67 $33,237
58 Malvern 55.0 $32,756
59 Camden 55.33 $28,495
60 West Memphis 57.0 $31,662
61 Pine Bluff 57.67 $32,917
62 Mena 59.0 $32,580
63 Osceola 62.0 $30,144
64 Helena-West Helena 63.67 $22,400

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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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