Safest Cities in Arkansas

We narrowed down the safest cities in Arkansas based on the factors that matter most.

  • Population

    3,009,733

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $9,084

  • Avg Household Income

    $47,258

  • Cost of Living

    19.8%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    1.8

  • Property Crime Rate

    39.1

  • Primary Care Ranking

    43

  • Mental Health Provider

    27

Arkansas is a state bordering the Mississippi River known for its state parks, wildlife, mountains and impressive natural landscape. Beyond the great outdoors, Arkansas is home to bustling cities, unique attractions such as Beatles Park and historical tours including the Civil War Trail.

The state of Arkansas is home to over 3 million people. Covering a surface area of 52,075 square miles, Arkansas is the 27th-largest state in the U.S.  Let’s take a look at which of Arkansas’ many cities are the safest.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Arkansas

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories: crime rates and financial safety. First, we evaluated each city’s crime rate using a number of public safety factors including the number of violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated the city’s financial safety using socioeconomic factors like household income, average rent and health insurance.

In addition to data on each of the cities, we also provided safety data for the state itself. We examined how each state ranks for natural disaster risks and public health ratings compared to all other states. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Property crimeNumber of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crimeNumber of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaultsNumber of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crimeNumber of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Unemployment rateThe average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of livingThe average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty ratePercentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured residentsUnemployed and employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Access to internetResidents that reported having access to the internet in their household

8 Safest Cities in Arkansas

No. 1 Sherwood

The safest city in Arkansas is Sherwood, which is located 15 miles from the state capital of Little Rock. Sherwood has much to offer in terms of community events and attractions including the Sherwood Fall Festival and the Enchanted Forest Trail of Holiday Lights. The city has low crime rates but is also one of the more expensive places to live compared to other cities in Arkansas.

97 out of 100

Public Safety

79 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.639304 (7th)0.639304 (7th)0 (4th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10128 (3th)61032 (1nd)0.038 (6th)0.095 (7th)0.019 (5th)0.215 (8th)

No. 2 Benton

Located between Little Rock and Hot Springs, Benton is a city with plenty to offer. Benton is home to a picturesque town square with museums, the Royal Theatre and historical trails for those who wish to learn more of Benton’s history. Benton offers both a relatively low cost of living and low crime rates.

93 out of 100

Public Safety

79 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.273553 (4th)0.273553 (4th)4.376846 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9300 (4th)55805 (3nd)0.035 (7th)0.067 (8th)0.018 (6th)0.414 (4th)

No. 3 Rogers

The city of Rogers is a historic gem in the state of Arkansas. With old-fashioned storefronts and brick-paved streets, Rogers offers plenty of museums to learn more about the local area, including the Rogers Historical Museum and the Daisy Airgun Museum. Rogers has a fairly low unemployment rate as well as low crime rates.

98 out of 100

Public Safety

71 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.294005 (5th)0.294005 (5th)0 (4th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10404 (1th)57079 (2nd)0.027 (8th)0.1 (6th)0.021 (4th)0.465 (2nd)

No. 4 Springdale

With buildings dating back to the 1850s, Springdale is another historic city in Arkansas. Springdale offers a glimpse into Ozark history with the Shiloh Museum as well as the Butterfield Overland trail which is part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System. For those who love the great outdoors, the Devil’s Den State Park and Withrow Springs State Park are just a short drive away. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

66 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.136062 (2nd)0.136062 (2nd)0 (4th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9144 (5th)50192 (4nd)0.047 (4th)0.154 (4th)0.024 (3rd)0.419 (3rd)

No. 5 Fort Smith

Located on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma, Fort Smith is a historic site on the Arkansas River. Residents and visitors to Fort Smith can take a look at the National Historic Site, which celebrates its Wild West history, or the Fort Smith State Park, which offers a break from city life. 

93 out of 100

Public Safety

60 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.339789 (6th)0.339789 (6th)0.453052 (3nd)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7992 (7th)40004 (6nd)0.05 (3rd)0.206 (3rd)0.016 (7th)0.392 (5th)

No. 6 Hot Springs

Hot Springs is known for its wide variety of natural springs and thermal baths. Visitors to Hot Springs can enjoy the famous Bathhouse Row, which has eight historic bathhouses, and the Hot Springs National Park. The city also hosts plenty of festivals and events including the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. 

99 out of 100

Public Safety

43 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.270226 (3rd)0.270226 (3rd)0 (4th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
8568 (6th)34120 (7nd)0.09 (1st)0.214 (2nd)0.035 (2nd)0.381 (6th)

No. 7 Newport

With one of the lowest costs of living in Arkansas, Newport is a small town with nearly 8,000 residents. Newport is located on the White River and is close to the Jacksonport State Park and the old Iron Mountain railroad depot.

96 out of 100

Public Safety

42 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)0 (1st)0 (1st)1.306506 (8th)1.306506 (8th)0 (4th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
6936 (8th)29877 (8nd)0.073 (2nd)0.288 (1st)0.057 (1st)0.5 (1st)

No. 8 Little Rock

The state capital city of Little Rock is located on the banks of the Arkansas River. It’s the largest city in Arkansas with almost 200,000 residents. Little Rock has a combination of bustling city life and great natural scenery for those who prefer the outdoors. As the capital city with a large population, Little Rock has slightly higher crime rates than other cities on the list. 

37 out of 100

Public Safety

66 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
14.5518 (8th)52.48685 (8th)312.914 (8th)0 (1st)0 (1st)0.652322 (2nd)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10200 (2th)49957 (5nd)0.043 (5th)0.145 (5th)0.011 (8th)0.316 (7th)

Arkansas State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Arkansas is ranked as 13th in the U.S. for its natural disaster risk and has experienced 70 natural disasters since 1953. Some of the most common natural disasters likely to occur in Arkansas include floods, high winds, drought and earthquakes

In 2019, the Arkansas River flood broke high-water records and was one of the state’s most expensive natural disasters. When Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. in 2005, Arkansas received around 75,000 people evacuated from Louisiana and other neighboring states.

19th

Natural Disaster


Health Safety

In terms of health, the most common cause of death in Arkansas is heart disease, followed by cancer and respiratory diseases. For drug-related deaths, Arkansas was listed as 14th in the U.S. in 2019.

Arkansas is ranked fairly low for its number of primary care physicians available, at 43rd in the country. This means that Arkansas has just 122.3 physicians per 100,000 people. However, Arkansas scores higher for mental health care. The state is ranked as 27th in the country for the number of mental health providers available.

Regarding air pollution, Arkansas is listed as 19th in the U.S., which outranks many of its neighboring states including Missouri, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

27th out of 100

Health Safety

Top 8 Safest Cities in Arkansas

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank