10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Natural State for 2019.

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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 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Arkansas for 2019:

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

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.

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

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Arkansas

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Arkansas For 2019

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 199,314
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,633 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,932 (1st 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 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.

Osceola, AR

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 6,984
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,219 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,013 (5th 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.

Pine Bluff, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 43,040
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,847 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,525 (7th most dangerous)
More on Pine Bluff:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Pine Bluff by HomeSnacks User

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.

West Memphis, AR

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 25,126
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,779 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,177 (9th most dangerous)
More on West Memphis:  Data | Photos

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.

Alma, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,699
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 894 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,036 (4th most dangerous)
More on Alma:  Data | Photos

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.

Blytheville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,184
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 768 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,493 (3rd 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 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.

Review Of Blytheville by HomeSnacks User

Im from Blytheville Arkansas and it is an okay town. It can be dangerous every blue moon.

Hope, AR

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 9,859
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,196 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,787 (13th most dangerous)
More on Hope:  Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 88,437
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 889 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,100 (10th most dangerous)
More on Fort Smith:  Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,257
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,128 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,590 (15th most dangerous)
More on El Dorado:  Data | Photos

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.

Hot Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 36,956
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 589 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,813 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Hot Springs:  Data | Photos

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.

How Is Your Town In ?

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:

  1. White Hall (Pop. 5,009)
  2. Greenwood (Pop. 9,409)
  3. Greenbrier (Pop. 5,488)

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Little Rock 199,314 1,633 6,932
2 Osceola 6,984 2,219 6,013
3 Pine Bluff 43,040 1,847 5,525
4 West Memphis 25,126 1,779 5,177
5 Alma 5,699 894 6,036
6 Blytheville 14,184 768 6,493
7 Hope 9,859 1,196 4,787
8 Fort Smith 88,437 889 5,100
9 El Dorado 18,257 1,128 4,590
10 Hot Springs 36,956 589 6,813

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18 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Arkansas

  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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