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.
So what is the most dangerous city in Arkansas? After analyzing 60 cities in Arkansas, Little Rock takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Arkansas based on the most recent FBI data.
For 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Arkansas
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Arkansas For 2019
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 61 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 2016, crime rates went back up in 2017.
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.
Pine Bluff, with a population of 43,040 ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city based on 2017 data.
Between 2015-17, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 54 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Pine Bluff may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
West Memphis is the most populous city in Crittenden County.
West Memphis experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2015-17.
Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 19.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 9th highest rate in the state.
Residents of Alma faced an unbelievable 1 in 111 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017. That contributed to an overall ranking of 5th most dangerous in Arkansas.
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 130 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 15.4 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.
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 83 when 118 violent crimes occurred. “Hopefully crime gets better soon.
Fort Smith is the 8th most dangerous city in Arkansas overall.
From 2016, 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 13th in Arkansas.
El Dorado ranks as the 9th most dangerous in Arkansas.
The city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop between 2015-17.
That’s good, because without this improvement, El Dorado’s property crime rate might be the worst in Arkansas.
The city of over 36,956 ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Arkansas and has the 2nd highest rate of property crime in the state.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Arkansas for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 60 cities in Arkansas.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 60 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.
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 2019.
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:
- White Hall (Pop. 5,009)
- Greenwood (Pop. 9,409)
- Greenbrier (Pop. 5,488)
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