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The 20 Safest Cities in Arkansas—2016

The Safest Cities in Arkansas 2016

Home to many national treasures—such as Johnny Cash, former President Bill Clinton, and the country’s only operational diamond mine—the Natural State has plenty of reasons to be proud. Arkansas is known for leading the way to desegregation, and the same values and courage held by the Little Rock Nine are evident in the concerned citizens of the state’s twenty safest cities.

Greenbrier—a city steeped in resilience—claims our number-one spot for the second year in a row. Though the city has seen floods, droughts, and tornadoes, Greenbrier residents always pull together to keep their city safe. According to the most recent FBI Crime Report, Greenbrier reported only one violent crime and six property crimes. Overall, sixteen of the Land of Opportunity’s safest cities reported twenty or fewer violent crimes, and 95% reported zero murders.

Property crime is also kept to a minimum in these safe Arkansas communities. Because 80% of these cities are on our list for the second consecutive year, it’s no surprise that fifteen of them reported fewer than 100 property crimes and 75% had no incidents of arson.

You don’t need to find a three-carat diamond to know that living in Arkansas has its perks, and these twenty cities reassure you that it’s also safe. Explore our list to see if your Arkansas town is one of the safest in the state. Then, take a look at our Arkansas Home Security and Crime Prevention Center to learn how to enhance your personal and home security.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Arkansas

To identify the 10 safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Greenbrier

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 1.15

2. Greenwood 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.03
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.34

3. Bella Vista 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.40 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.98

4. Shannon Hills

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.12 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.24

5. Centerton ↓

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.59 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.88

6. White Hall 

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.76 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.94

7. Vilonia 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.93 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.02

8. Pottsville 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.23 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.04

9. Gentry 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.53
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.95

10. Cherokee Village 

Previous rank: 18

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.16
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.66

11. Lowell 

Previous rank: 15

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.22 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.44

12. Warren 

Previous rank: 19

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.93 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.05

13. Gravette 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.02
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.38

14. Corning 

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.07 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 17.21

15. Prarie Grove 

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.45
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.02

16. Walnut Ridge 

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.64

17. Maumelle 

Previous rank: 17

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.06 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.40

18. De Queen

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.22 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.38

19. Dumas 

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.33 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.44

20. Barling

Previous rank: 20

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 8.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.79

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

21. Piggott 22. Pea Ridge 23. Cabot
24. Gosnell 25. Atkins 26. Magnolia
27. Rogers 28. Arkadelphia 29. Ozark
30. Siloam Springs 31. Ward 32. Van Buren
33. Sheridan 34. Waldron 35. Clarksville
36. Dardanelle 37. Mountain Home 38. Monticello
39. Nashville 40. Marianna 41. Sherwood
42. Booneville 43. Prescott 44. Stuttgart
45. Pocahontas 46. Benton 47. Fayetteville
48. Berryville 49. Marion 50. McGehee
51. North Little Rock 52. Heber Springs 53. Jonesboro
54. Russellville 55. Camden 56. Lonoke
57. Conway 58. Beebe 59. Mena
60. Morrilton 61. Fordyce 62. Jacksonville
63. Ashdown 64. Paris 65. Alma
66. El Dorado 67. Harrison 68. De Witt
69. Farmington 70. Hope 71. Fort Smith
72. Osceola 73. Texarkana 74. Pine Bluff
75. West Memphis 76. Helena-West Helena 77. Crossett
78. Wynne 79. Paragould 80. Newport
81. Trumann 82. Little Rock 83. Blytheville

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

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