10 Murder Capitals Of Arkansas For 2020

These are the places in Arkansas where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Arkansas?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Arkansas.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the Natural State for 2020:

  1. West Memphis (Photos)
  2. Helena-West Helena (Photos)
  3. Pine Bluff (Photos)
  4. Little Rock (Photos)
  5. Blytheville (Photos)
  6. North Little Rock (Photos)
  7. Trumann (Photos)
  8. Mountain Home (Photos)
  9. Forrest City (Photos)
  10. Fort Smith (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Arkansas? That would be Helena-West Helena with 76.4 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Little Rock with 40.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 26 cities in Arkansas where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 32 places had no murder.

For more reading on the Natural State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Arkansas For 2020

West Memphis, AR

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Population: 24,668
Rank Last Year: 4
Murders: 16 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 64.9 (2nd Most)
More on West Memphis:  Data | Photos

West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 26,245 at the 2010 census, ranking it as the state’s 18th largest city, behind Bella Vista. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis.

Helena-West Helena, AR

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Population: 10,477
Rank Last Year: 14
Murders: 8 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 76.4 (1st Most)
More on Helena-West Helena:  Data | Photos

Helena-West Helena is the county seat of and the largest city within Phillips County, Arkansas, United States. The current city was consolidated, effective January 1, 2006, from the two Arkansas cities of Helena and West Helena. Helena is sited on lowlands between the Mississippi River and the eastern side of Crowley’s Ridge. West Helena is located on the western side of Crowley’s Ridge, a geographic anomaly in the typically flat Arkansas Delta. The Helena Bridge, one of Arkansas’ four Mississippi River bridges, carries U.S. Route 49 across to Mississippi. The combined population of the two cities was 15,012 at the 2000 census and at the 2010 census, the official population was 12,282.

Pine Bluff, AR

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Population: 42,195
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 15 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 35.5 (5th Most)
More on Pine Bluff:  Data | Photos

Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Jefferson County. It is the principal city of the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and part of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The population of the city was 49,083 in the 2010 Census with 2016 estmates showing a decline to 43,841.

Little Rock, AR

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Population: 199,288
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 40 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 20.1 (9th Most)
More on Little Rock:  Data | Photos

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state’s geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named “la petite roche” by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bnard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city’s population was 193,524 at the 2010 census. The six county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 75th in terms of population in the United States with 724,385 residents according to the 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Blytheville, AR

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Population: 13,843
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 6 (7th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 43.3 (3rd Most)
More on Blytheville:  Data | Photos

Blytheville is the largest city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Blytheville is approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. The population was 18,272 at the 2000 census.

North Little Rock, AR

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Population: 66,424
Rank Last Year: 17
Murders: 13 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 19.6 (10th Most)
More on North Little Rock:  Data | Photos

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

Trumann, AR

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Population: 7,071
Rank Last Year: 18
Murders: 3 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 42.4 (4th Most)
More on Trumann:  Data | Photos

Trumann is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,243 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Mountain Home, AR

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Population: 12,315
Rank Last Year: 46
Murders: 3 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 24.4 (6th Most)
More on Mountain Home:  Data | Photos

Mountain Home is a small city and the county seat of Baxter County, Arkansas, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,448. A total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County.

Forrest City, AR

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Population: 14,144
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 3 (12th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.2 (7th Most)
More on Forrest City:  Data | Photos

Forrest City is a city in St. Francis County, Arkansas, United States, and the county seat. It was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who used the location as a campsite for a construction crew completing a railroad between Memphis and Little Rock, shortly after the Civil War. The population was 15,371 at the 2010 census, an increase from 14,774 in 2000. The city refers to itself as the “Jewel of the Delta”.

Fort Smith, AR

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Population: 88,290
Rank Last Year: 8
Murders: 9 (5th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.2 (16th Most)
More on Fort Smith:  Data | Photos

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 In 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

How we calculated the murder capitals of Arkansas

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Arkansas for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 26 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Arkansas For 2020

If you’re looking at the places in Arkansas with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

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Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Arkansas For 2020

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 West Memphis, AR 16.0 64.86
2 Helena-West Helena, AR 8.0 76.36
3 Pine Bluff, AR 15.0 35.55
4 Little Rock, AR 40.0 20.07
5 Blytheville, AR 6.0 43.34
6 North Little Rock, AR 13.0 19.57
7 Trumann, AR 3.0 42.43
8 Mountain Home, AR 3.0 24.36
9 Forrest City, AR 3.0 21.21
10 Fort Smith, AR 9.0 10.19
11 Hot Springs, AR 6.0 16.21
12 Monticello, AR 2.0 20.77
13 Conway, AR 5.0 7.49
14 Magnolia, AR 2.0 17.51
15 Jonesboro, AR 4.0 5.19
16 Mena, AR 1.0 18.03
17 Springdale, AR 3.0 3.71
18 Jacksonville, AR 2.0 7.01
19 Warren, AR 1.0 17.83
20 Osceola, AR 1.0 14.66
21 Rogers, AR 2.0 2.94
22 Maumelle, AR 1.0 5.45
23 Van Buren, AR 1.0 4.24
24 Sherwood, AR 1.0 3.2
25 Benton, AR 1.0 2.74
26 Fayetteville, AR 1.0 1.15

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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