These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Natural State for 2017.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Arkansas?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Arkansas — and anyone looking to move to Arkansas — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Natural State:

  1. Pine Bluff (Photos)
  2. Little Rock (Photos)
  3. Blytheville (Photos)
  4. Forrest City (Photos)
  5. Hot Springs (Photos)
  6. West Memphis (Photos)
  7. El Dorado (Photos)
  8. Hope (Photos)
  9. Newport (Photos)
  10. Fort Smith (Photos)

Why did Pine Bluff take the top spot? For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on. Or 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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Arkansas for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 59 cities in Arkansas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 59 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 — Pine Bluff. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Arkansas.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas Graph

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

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1. Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,976
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,603
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,335
Pine Bluff takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Arkansas. And while that’s probably not a major surprise to that many people, it’s how the data plays out.

So that makes this just as good a time as any to say that even though Pine Bluff ranks as having the highest violent crime rate in the state, it’s really not all that “dangerous”. You see, your chance of being a victim of a violent crime is only about 1 in 62 and those odds go down further the more common sense you use.

So while there might be some more violent parts of town, overall, the quality of life can be quite high in one of the most dangerous cities in Arkansas.

2. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 198,800
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,531
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,898
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. It only ranks lower than Blythesville in this study because we considered smaller sized cities than national rankings.

Little Rock has, by far, more violent crime than any city in Arkansas. Residents in the capital have a 1 in 65 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 2015, crime rates went back up in 2016.

3. Blytheville

Blytheville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,523
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,404
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,031
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 71 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 16.6 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.

4. Forrest City

Forrest City, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,544
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,175
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,933
While property crimes went down in 2013, 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.

5. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,716
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 775
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,069
Hot Springs is the most populous city in Garland County.

Hot Springs experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2014-16.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 12.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 1st highest rate in the state.

6. West Memphis

West Memphis, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,818
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,857
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,835
West Memphis ranks 1st and 16th for violent and property crime.

And while the city is about half a violent as some other cities, its below average score still earns it the title of 6th most dangerous city in Arkansas.

The good news is that violent crime was reduced by about 10% from 2014-16, but the bad news is that property crime rose by 21% in that period.

7. El Dorado

El Dorado, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,297
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,060
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,667
El Dorado is Arkansas’s 22nd biggest town and 7th most dangerous.

In recent years, the crime rate has changed dramatically in El Dorado, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, instances of violent crime dropped between 2014-16, but on the other, a hike in property crime during this interval leaves El Dorado as the town with the 10th highest rate of property crime in Arkansas.

8. Hope

Hope, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,852
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,228
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,953
The city motto for Hope, located in southwestern Arkansas, is “A Slice of the Good Life,”, however, considering the amount of crimes happening here, residents might not feel like they are actually able to let their guards down.

The hometown of both President Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee has seen violent crime chances go to 1 in 81 when 121 violent crimes occured. “Hope”fully crime gets better soon.

9. Newport

Newport, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,733
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 931
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,845
Newport is the 9th most dangerous city in Arkansas overall.

From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.

The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 10th in Arkansas.

10. Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,573
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 803
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,903
Fort Smith isn’t in the top ten for either category of crime in Arkansas, but its cumulatively bad score earns it the last spot on this list.

Violent crime sits at 14th overall in 2016, while property crime ranks 7th.

Locking It All Up In Arkansas

The latest FBI crime data shows that Pine Bluff ranks as the most dangerous city in Arkansas for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Pine Bluff’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

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

  1. Greenbrier
  2. Lowell
  3. Bella Vista

For more Arkansas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Arkansas

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Pine Bluff 1 3 43,976 1,603 6,335
Little Rock 2 2 198,800 1,531 6,898
Blytheville 3 1 14,523 1,404 6,031
Forrest City 4 14,544 1,175 5,933
Hot Springs 5 35,716 775 8,069
West Memphis 6 6 24,818 1,857 4,835
El Dorado 7 11 18,297 1,060 5,667
Hope 8 9 9,852 1,228 4,953
Newport 9 4 7,733 931 5,845
Fort Smith 10 10 88,573 803 5,903
Trumann 11 5 7,118 646 6,026
Alma 12 26 5,595 840 5,647
Helena-West Helena 13 7 10,898 1,128 4,514
Jacksonville 14 19 28,684 861 4,556
Texarkana 15 14 30,429 594 5,498
Paragould 16 15 28,254 569 4,884
Crossett 17 20 5,166 561 5,613
North Little Rock 18 18 67,344 746 4,344
Marion 19 21 12,270 863 4,001
Wynne 20 8 8,161 771 4,239
Russellville 21 27 29,366 629 4,314
Camden 22 16 11,191 1,009 3,645
Jonesboro 23 25 75,230 514 4,478
Fayetteville 24 23 84,726 535 4,391
Conway 25 24 66,104 506 4,492
Benton 26 36 34,920 506 4,438
Stuttgart 27 12 9,002 510 4,399
Pocahontas 28 28 6,405 421 4,621
Harrison 29 13 13,178 584 3,847
Morrilton 30 22 6,733 267 5,896
Sherwood 31 30 30,676 524 4,084
Clarksville 32 29 9,482 411 4,587
Van Buren 33 33 23,133 566 3,752
Berryville 34 35 5,386 464 4,158
Rogers 35 32 64,616 519 3,460
Arkadelphia 36 31 10,755 418 4,053
Beebe 37 42 8,269 459 3,664
Pea Ridge 38 39 5,331 562 1,725
Heber Springs 39 45 7,144 503 3,205
Mena 40 41 5,635 354 3,762
Monticello 41 40 9,860 446 3,326
Magnolia 42 37 11,642 446 3,281
Bryant 43 43 20,687 140 4,321
Warren 44 44 5,767 450 2,479
Malvern 45 11,016 299 3,703
Siloam Springs 46 38 16,277 356 3,557
Mountain Home 47 34 12,305 227 4,014
De Queen 48 49 6,724 356 2,662
Batesville 49 10,732 288 2,823
Prairie Grove 50 46 5,345 299 2,357
Centerton 51 47 12,584 341 1,064
Cabot 52 53 25,927 239 2,024
White Hall 53 56 5,114 234 1,329
Bentonville 54 51 46,458 182 1,429
Maumelle 55 50 18,068 132 2,291
Greenwood 56 55 9,372 256 384
Bella Vista 57 52 28,274 233 682
Lowell 58 48 8,812 181 1,180
Greenbrier 59 57 5,416 0 350

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14 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2018

  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.

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