The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2021


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Natural State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Arkansas and is updated for 2021.

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 2021.

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 62 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 2021

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 198,382
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,516 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,122 (Second most dangerous)
More on Little Rock:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Unfortunately, Little Rock is again stuck at the top of the most dangerous places in Arkansas list. Little Rock residents have a 1 in 16 chance of being a victim of property crime, and they are particularly likely to be a victim of larceny, burglary, or car theft. Little Rock is not only the biggest city in Arkansas, but it is also one of the snobbiest places and one of the most expensive places to live in Arkansas.

Although the name may not be very exciting, Little Rock residents still think they have a lot to be snobby about.

Located smack-dab in the middle of Arkansas, Little Rock was named after a small rock formation on the Arkansas River's south bank. Well, it probably sounded better when Jean-Baptiste Bernard de la Harpe said, "La Petite Roche", but the name stuck.

Helena-West Helena, AR

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Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 10,187
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,835 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,673 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Helena-West Helena:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Helena-West Helena is the county seat and the largest city within Phillips County, but that's not saying much. Ranked number 34.0 in population, Helena-West Helena's residents experienced 11 murders and 187 violent crimes in the 2019 reporting year.

Helena-West Helena also ranks as one of the worst places to live and one of the poorest places to live in Arkansas. But, if you like living in a small town, Helena-West Helena is a great place to retire.

West Memphis, AR

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 24,442
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,984 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,011 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on West Memphis:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Located across the Arkansas River from Memphis, Tennessee, West Memphis is not only known as one of the most dangerous cities in Arkansas but also one of the worst places to live in Arkansas as well.

West Memphis ranks second highest in violent crime and seventh highest in property crime. Residents have a 1 in 50 chance of being a victim of murder, rape, or aggravated assault. Maybe "The Grind City" across the river is rubbing off on West Memphis.

El Dorado, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,820
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,341 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,589 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on El Dorado:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ranked as one of the worst places to live in Arkansas, El Dorado ranks fifth highest for property crime and fifth highest for violent crime. That means residents have a 1 in 74 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 17 chance in being a victim of a property crime.

El Dorado was the heart of the 1920s oil boom in South Arkansas and is still to this day a center for oil production and refining. But all that glitters is not gold in the city of El Dorado. Better keep your gold in your pockets and your doors locked in this town.

Osceola, AR

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,653
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,585 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,749 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Osceola:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

For such a small city, you'd think that Osceola would be a safer place to live. But, with 4 murders last year, that's a big number for a town with a population of 6,653. Residents of Osceola have a 1 in 21 chance of being robbed and a 1 in 38 chance of being a victim of rape, murder, or aggravated assault.

Osceola not only made this list, but it's also on the worst places to live and thepoorest places to live in Arkansas lists. Chief Osceola, the Seminole chief this town was named after, would not be happy with these numbers.

Newport, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,485
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,229 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,929 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Newport:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Not only is Newport one of the most dangerous places to live in Arkansas, but it's also one of the worst places and thepoorest places to live in Arkansas as well. If you live in Newport you have a 1 in 20 chance of being a victim of property crime, that includes burglary, car theft and arson. Newport ranks sixth highest in violent crime and eighth highest in property crime.

Located on the White River 84 miles from Little Rock, Newport is the home to the Ben Franklin store where Sam Walton dreamed up his idea for Walmart. Be sure to keep your house and car doors locked in this small town.

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 88,041
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 980 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,823 (Third most dangerous)
More on Fort Smith:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fort Smith has a lot of things to boast about. It's one of the biggest cities in Arkansas, it's one of the best places to retire, it's a great place for singles, and it's one of the best college towns in Arkansas. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most dangerous cities in Arkansas too.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, Fort Smith is situated at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers. Fort Smith residents have a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of a property crime, including burglary, car theft, and larceny. And, they have a 1 in 102 chance of being a victim of a violent crime, such as rape, murder or aggravated assault. Keep an eye out for your belongings and be aware of your surroundings in Fort Smith.

Jacksonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 28,273
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 958 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,248 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Jacksonville:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Jacksonville, a suburb of Little Rock, is part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock Conway Metropolitan area. With Little Rock ranked at top of this list, it's easy to see why some of that crime would spill over to this smaller community.

Jacksonville ranks 14th highest in violent crime and sixth highest in property crime. So residents are more likely to be a victim of burglary, larceny, and car theft in this town. You'll want to make sure you keep a close eye on your valuables in Jacksonville.

Paragould, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 29,245

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,049 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,711 (11th most dangerous)
More on Paragould:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Paragould is the county seat of Greene County and is located in northeastern Arkansas. Known as "The Friendly City" by its residents, you'll want to keep your cell phones, wallets, and purses close to you in this town. Residents have a 1 in 21 chance of a property crime, which includes burglary, larceny, and car theft.

The good news about Paragould is that there were 0 in this town and it ranks tenth highest in violent crime. They must be doing something right in Paragould because that's down 9 from last year.

Hot Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 37,263
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 646 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,176 (Most dangerous)
More on Hot Springs:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

If you've ever been to Hot Springs, you know that it's a great place to hike and have a soak at a Spa. But, did you know that it's one of the worst places to live and one of themost expensive places to live in Arkansas?

The town ranks highest in property crime, which means residents are more than likely to be a victim of burglary, car theft, arson, and larceny. Hot Springs is located in the Ouachita Mountains and is the county seat of Garland County.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Arkansas

Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Arkansas for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 62 cities in Arkansas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 62 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 2021.

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.

Here are the safest cities in Arkansas:

  1. Magnolia (Pop. 11,440)
  2. Centerton (Pop. 16,542)
  3. Maumelle (Pop. 18,223)
  4. Walnut Ridge (Pop. 5,019)
  5. Bentonville (Pop. 53,434)
  6. Greenwood (Pop. 9,436)
  7. White Hall (Pop. 5,014)
  8. Bella Vista (Pop. 28,931)
  9. Greenbrier (Pop. 5,660)
  10. Cave Springs (Pop. 5,580)

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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 198,382 1,516 6,122
2 Helena-West Helena 10,187 1,835 5,673
3 West Memphis 24,442 1,984 5,011
4 El Dorado 17,820 1,341 5,589
5 Osceola 6,653 2,585 4,749
6 Newport 7,485 1,229 4,929
7 Fort Smith 88,041 980 5,823
8 Jacksonville 28,273 958 5,248
9 Paragould 29,245 1,049 4,711
10 Hot Springs 37,263 646 7,176

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20 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas For 2021

  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.

  10. I’ve lived in Arkansas, specifically Little Rock, my entire life. Your article is spot on regarding unsafe cities in this state. I enjoyed reading it; thank you. I look forward to getting out of Little Rock, if not Arkansas, at some point soon in my life.

  11. I was raised in West Memphis it’s not a bad place people just downgrade it because of the people there because west Memphis have massive houses on the west side so stop it.

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