See Which Arkansas Cities Made the List

Based on a Population of at least 13k

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

There is a lot of history to be discovered in the great state of Arkansas. President Bill Clinton, the founder of Walmart Sam Walton, and the singer Johnny Cash all spent a large portion of their lives in this state. The economy in Arkansas is quite diverse, with industries in steel, poultry, aircraft, and tourism. For those planning to move to this state, there are several cities that rank nationally as some of the safest cities in the country.

The top 25 safest cities in Arkansas range from 87.13 to 44.68, with a concentration of the safest cities being in the northwest corner of the state. Cities like Bella Vista and Bentonville are located there and have a safety score above 80, but there is another city near the center of the state called Cabot that has a safety rating above 80 as well. The rest of the top 25 safest cities on the list are spread out, with some being the suburbs of the state capital Little Rock, which itself has a safety rating of 46.58.

Back to Bella Vista, one of the reasons it’s the safest city in the state is due to its economy, it was primarily a summer resort town that became a retirement community. The city has been undergoing a lot of change in the past 10 years, including a rapid population growth of 60% in the past decade. Most of the residents here are in the tourism and hospitality industry, and older. Those who have a penchant for criminal behavior are not attracted to such a city. Property crime is amongst the lowest in the state, with only 216 incidents in a year compared to 520 in Cabot, a suburb of Little Rock with the same sized population.

Just south of Bella Vista is Bentonville, the second safest city in the state with a population of 43,190. This city has the headquarters of Walmart, and therefore has a lot of jobs compared to surrounding areas, but is a small town at the same time. Therefore everyone is doing okay economically, and reduces the chances for crime, hence Bentonville having a high safety rating of 82.5. Around the state capital are some great suburbs like Cabot, Jacksonville, and Benton that all have a safety rating above 60.


1 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 87.13

Bella Vista, AR

27,970 716 72 84.2% 216 29.1%

2
Safety Score: 82.5

Bentonville, AR

43,190 435 92 n/a 797 n/a

3
Safety Score: 81.77

Cabot, AR

26,064 482 47 -13.8% 520 -30.5%

4
Safety Score: 78.95

Siloam Springs, AR

16,158 358 62 16.2% 500 -1.3%

5
Safety Score: 78.32

Maumelle, AR

17,943 448 28 46.7% 458 14%

6
Safety Score: 73.03

Russellville, AR

29,197 470 148 57.7% 1,133 -15.7%

7
Safety Score: 72.01

Rogers, AR

62,819 438 276 27.8% 2,077 13.7%

8
Safety Score: 71.76

Benton, AR

34,356 398 131 1.4% 1,196 -19.3%

9
Safety Score: 70.19

Van Buren, AR

23,132 398 99 47.7% 835 3.4%

10
Safety Score: 69.22

Sherwood, AR

30,572 331 140 -7.9% 1,181 -0.1%

11
Safety Score: 68.82

Bryant, AR

20,404 391 16 n/a 875 n/a

12
Safety Score: 67.11

Jonesboro, AR

73,404 439 392 2% 2,944 -8.2%

13
Safety Score: 65.07

Fayetteville, AR

82,377 511 409 -0.1% 3,641 4.5%

14
Safety Score: 63.96

Conway, AR

65,764 423 312 19.8% 3,051 0.1%

15
Safety Score: 63.03

El Dorado, AR

18,229 271 172 -1.6% 931 7.9%

16
Safety Score: 61.68

North Little Rock, AR

67,943 321 526 21.8% 3,229 11.9%

17
Safety Score: 61.23

Jacksonville, AR

28,902 317 218 3.1% 1,395 7.6%

18
Safety Score: 60.89

Harrison, AR

13,179 299 98 -2.1% 754 16%

19
Safety Score: 57.82

Paragould, AR

27,791 487 178 48.2% 1,502 -26%

20
Safety Score: 56.84

Texarkana, AR

30,026 288 196 -12.9% 1,717 -5.4%

21
Safety Score: 54.05

Fort Smith, AR

87,603 405 704 6.7% 5,162 11%

22
Safety Score: 51.57

West Memphis, AR

25,218 244 423 17.2% 1,373 -5.8%

23
Safety Score: 49.27

Pine Bluff, AR

44,466 255 569 0.9% 2,767 6.4%

24
Safety Score: 46.58

Little Rock, AR

198,647 307 2,950 6.7% 12,855 -10%

25
Safety Score: 44.68

Blytheville, AR

14,717 326 280 9.8% 1,023 -16.8%


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