10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2020

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Natural State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Arkansas and is updated for 2020.

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We used to think that the Walmart HQ in Bentonville going out of business would be one of the most dangerous things that could happen in Arkansas and the rest of the country; but, sadly, that’s not the case.

There are more dangerous things than a big box giant taking away inexpensive groceries from people who like to shop in their pajamas: there are actually super dangerous places in The Natural State. And because not every place in Arkansas can be like the state’s safest place, Greenbrier, RoadSnacks set out to determine the most dangerous places in Arkansas for 2020.

Why’d we do it? To show the public how to navigate the places that most people don’t want to visit, but still want to know the gossip. You know, the stuff that Arkansasans see on Little Rock’s KATV at six or Fort Smith’s crime stoppers at ten.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 58 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Arkansas’ violent and property crime numbers are even scarier than the most dangerous place in the state; and unfortunately, the effects of these numbers are continuing to claim many of Arkansas’ biggest cities. Cities like Pine Bluff and West Memphis just can’t catch a break.

Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about our methodology and where the most dangerous places in Arkansas are located? Keep reading.

The top ten most dangerous places in Arkansas should come as no surprise to the good people of Arkansas. These cities helped solidify the state as the fourth most dangerous state in the country. And sadly, the most dangerous place in Arkansas, Little Rock, leads the charge.

To see the rest of Arkansas’ most dangerous places, take a look at the list below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in Arkansas.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Arkansas For 2020

Little Rock, AR

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Population: 199,288
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,446 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,547 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Little Rock:  Data | Photos

There’s no surprise here, as Little Rock, time after time, has been cited by media as one of the most dangerous cities in the entire country.

Little Rock has, by far, more violent crime than any city in Arkansas. Residents in the capital have a 1 in 69 chance of being the victim of a violent crime each year, according to the FBI. And, after a year in which violent crimes went downward a bit in 2017, crime rates went back up in 2018.

Pine Bluff, AR

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Population: 42,195
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,609 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,398 (6th most dangerous)
More on Pine Bluff:  Data | Photos

Pine Bluff ranks as the 2nd most dangerous city in Arkansas thanks to a 3rd place finish in violent crime and a 6th place finish in property crime.

Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 14.3 of being the victim of a crime in Pine Bluff.

West Memphis, AR

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Population: 24,668
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,970 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,115 (8th most dangerous)
More on West Memphis:  Data | Photos

West Memphis is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 50 people was attacked in 2018.

El Dorado, AR

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Population: 17,916
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,093 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,966 (5th most dangerous)
More on El Dorado:  Data | Photos

In this case, El Dorado finished as the 4th most dangerous place in the Natural State.

Violent crime is an issue as the city ranks 8th overall for violent crime, while also ranking 5th for property crime.

Osceola, AR

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Population: 6,819
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,317 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,604 (13th most dangerous)
More on Osceola:  Data | Photos

Residents here have a 1 in 16 chance of being victimized by a property crime, and a 1 in 76 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder or aggravated assault.

Blytheville, AR

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Population: 13,843
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 989 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,046 (4th most dangerous)
More on Blytheville:  Data | Photos

This small town in northwest Arkansas, near the Missouri state line, really packs a punch when it comes to crime rate. Residents in Blytheville have a 1 in 101 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder or aggravated assault, according to the most recent FBI report.

Much worse, residents here have a 1 in 16.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime, such as a car theft or home robbery. Chances are, if you live in Blytheville, someone on your street had something stolen from them this year.

Crime continues to tick upwards in the last three reporting years, and Blytheville’s population has dropped almost 25% since the year 2000.

Forrest City, AR

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Population: 14,144
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 933 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,235 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Forrest City:  Data | Photos

While property crimes went down in 2018, violent crimes were up, and residents here had a 1 in 112 chance of being attacked, raped or killed, according to the latest data.

The Reverend Al Green, known as a resident of Forrest City, might need to do some extra preaching to get residents to stop with all the criminal activity here.

Helena-West Helena, AR

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Population: 10,477
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,498 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,495 (14th most dangerous)
More on Helena-West Helena:  Data | Photos

Helena-West Helena is a small town just a short drive from the Mississippi border.

Jacksonville, AR

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Population: 28,530
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,160 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,633 (12th most dangerous)
More on Jacksonville:  Data | Photos

Jacksonville, a representative from Pulaski County finds itself as one of the most dangerous cities in Arkansas.

Jacksonville’s ranking for violent crime and property were 7th and 12th, respectively.

Jacksonville is a bit off the beaten path, yet it still manages its fair share of crime.

Trumann, AR

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Population: 7,071
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 791 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,147 (7th most dangerous)
More on Trumann:  Data | Photos

Tiny Trumann, a short drive from the Tennessee border, has seen its crime rates tick upwards over the last few years, according to the FBI.

While violent crimes aren’t as bad as other cities above it, residents of Trumann still have a 1 in 19.4 chance of being victimized by a robbery of some sort.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Arkansas

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Arkansas for 2020?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered Arkansas cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 58 cities in Arkansas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 58 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Arkansas — Little Rock. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Arkansas.

Locking It All Up In Arkansas

The latest FBI crime data shows that Little Rock ranks as the most dangerous city in Arkansas for 2020.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Little Rock and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Arkansas:

  1. Cabot (Pop. 26,459)
  2. Greenwood (Pop. 9,454)
  3. Bella Vista (Pop. 28,798)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Little Rock 199,288 1,446 6,547
2 Pine Bluff 42,195 1,609 5,398
3 West Memphis 24,668 1,970 5,115
4 El Dorado 17,916 1,093 5,966
5 Osceola 6,819 2,317 4,604
6 Blytheville 13,843 989 6,046
7 Forrest City 14,144 933 6,235
8 Helena-West Helena 10,477 1,498 4,495
9 Jacksonville 28,530 1,160 4,633
10 Trumann 7,071 791 5,147

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18 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2020

  1. Blytheville Arkansas is located in the North East corner of Arkansas and is only minutes from Missouri

  2. Great place to have grown up in the 70’s. (A whole lot of very troubled young people with way too easy access to alcohol and all manner of recreational drugs where so many dreams turned to despair and the clouds began closing in long ago.)

  3. Who wrote this article? And did they not think to have someone proof read it before posting to the World Wide Web? This is awful and a poor representation of your company/brand/blog/whatever this is supposed to be.

    First of all, Little Rock is not a state, it is the state’s Capitol. Second, Blytheville does not have an “S” in it. Third, there are no states within a state, as suggested by the line “Little Rock has, by far, more crime than any other state in Arkansas.” Fourth, Blytheville is in the northeast corner of the state, not northwest. Finally, did you even confirm the landmarks and buildings in the photos used? I’ve been to every town listed and these buildings are not in the cities you sited.

    Next time you decide to write an article about a state you CLEARLY know nothing about, my suggestion would be to proof read. Even the best BS’ers proofread. I have lived in Arkansas my entire life and within three seconds of reading this, I knew you were clueless. Maybe that doesn’t matter to you, but if you are presenting information on a particularly specific topic (meaning everything is factual, such as city names and locations and crime rates), you will never be a trusted source if you continue to produce content such as this piece.

    By the way, I grew up about ten minutes outside of Pine Bluff, AR, and you COMPLETELY missed this city, it would be number one on the list.

    1. Excellent reply! I checked their source data and Pine Bluff wasn’t even in the top 150 cities listed in AR for “FBI crime statistics”. Laugh out frikkin LOUD! Yet Fort Smith, home of the US Marshal Service is 15th most dangerous? Yet only 49th “most miserable” out of 90. This is a big reason why I hate statistics. You can make them say whatever it is you want them to say but it always leaves out some of the most basic truths…

  4. Ok, so he isn’t to good at facts an spelling, but this was done back in 2013, fast forward 2 yrs. Where do these towns a cities rate now?

  5. I have lived in Pine Bluff for 6 years and after moving here from Miami, have seen more crime than anywhere I have ever live and it’s n ot even on the list. It is DANGEROUS here. How could you not include Pine Bluff. It is most likely #1.

    1. Pine Bluff nowhere on list. That hard to believe. When I lived there my house got broken into twice, almost got robbed once, and twice nearly got car jacked. Live there, you better carry a firearm.

  6. I lived in Arkansas in the 60’s it’s hard for me to believe what has been written, at the age of 18 , I got my first job in Osceola, it was a quiet town with happy people living there.My Daddy is even buried in Osceola, we live in Dyess where he was A cotton farmer.

  7. Why can’t the governor assist the mayors of these cities with solving these crimes. Murder is on the rise in Helena-west Helena, AR. when I lived here, there wasn’t any young people murdering, selling or taking drug, but that was back in the 70’s. The children need something to do, maybe a center where they can learn music and sing, or computer training, such as cyber security training so that they will be able to obtain jobs that will provide higher wages when they graduate from high school, not only younger people, but any one that needs a job that will pay them a decent salary. Technical skills are a must now. If our people are not training with new technical skills for future jobs, most will suffer financial. We must have the necessary skills in order to work those jobs, technology is changing so fast, that we can barley keep up with it all, our cars, medical devices, stores, future houses will be smart houses, Robots, will be a part of technological advancement, smart cars will be able to check our blood pressure and send it to our providers these are just a few of the advancements, there will be many by the year of 2025, that is how fast technology is advancing. I live in Chicago, but is connected to West Helena, Arkansas, because I have family there.

  8. Im from Blytheville Arkansas and it is an okay town. It can be dangerous every blue moon. The thing i find funny about this video is that the pictures of the video wasnt showing Blytheville. Instead you where giving your audience pictures of Jonesboro Arkansas. LOL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA try it again.

  9. I agree about Pine Bluff not being higher up on the list, I also question why Malvern is so far down on the list. My family and I live on the outskirts of Malvern, inmates escape from the county jail and aren’t captured for days or longer if at all. Drug busts and gang related crimes and it is in the last 20 or so on the list. Originally from Hot Springs for 20 years before moving to Hot Spring County and it has become alot more dangerous since we moved away. This statistic list isn’t quite accurate in my opinion.

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