The 20 Safest Cities in Arkansas—2017

May 15, 2018 |

With Arkansas’s centuries-old farmland, abundant wilderness, and renowned hot springs, we’re not the least surprised it’s nicknamed The Natural State. The exceptionally low crime rates of its twenty safest communities, however, do have us in awe.

Based on the most recent FBI crime report, a violent offense occurs every twenty-six seconds in the United States. But, remarkably, three of the cities on our list—Greenbrier, White Hall, and Cherokee Village—reported fewer than one violent crime per 1,000 people in 2015. Looking at specific crimes, we were pleased to find that over half of the state’s twenty safest cities reported no robberies and all but two cited zero murders.

From small cities like Corning and Pottsville to larger ones such as Bella Vista and Bentonville, each community on our list has something unique to offer. What they have in common is relatively nominal property crime. In fact, on average, the twenty safest cities in Arkansas reported fewer than thirteen property crimes per 1,000 people—that’s almost half the national average. What’s more, fifteen of the cities on our list citied fewer than 100 total crimes of this type.

If you live in Arkansas or you’re thinking of settling down in the Land of Opportunity, we encourage you to explore our Arkansas Safety Directory. In it you’ll find numerous home security and crime prevention resources, as well as a map of the state’s least and most burglarized counties.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Arkansas

To identify the twenty safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the 2015 FBI crime report statistics and 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.

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 level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Greenbrier

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.19
Property Crimes per 1,000: 2.43

2. Greenwood 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.91

3. Bella Vista 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.57 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.72

4. Centerton

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.09 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.74

5. Shannon Hills

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.31 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.48

6. White Hall 

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.77 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.79

7. Corning

Previous rank: 14

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.85 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 9.96

8. Gravette

Previous rank: 13

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.01 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.17

9. Brookland 

Previous rank: N/A

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.43
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.72

10. Cherokee Village 

Previous rank: 10

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.66
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.89

11.  Gentry

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.39
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.41

12. Pottsville

Previous rank: 8

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.45 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.57

13. Austin

Previous rank: N/A

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.35
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.97

14. Farmington

Previous rank: 69

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.36 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.66

15. Walnut Ridge

Previous rank: 16

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 15.97

16.  Bentonville

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.13
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.45

17. Warren

Previous rank: 12

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.97
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.76

18. Vilonia

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.69 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 18.80

19. Cabot

Previous rank: 23

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 1.80 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 19.95

20. Lowell

Previous rank: 11

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.56
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.93

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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Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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