These Are The 10 Murder Capitals Of Arkansas For 2019

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 10 Murder Capitals of the Natural State for 2019:

  1. Pine Bluff (Photos)
  2. Blytheville (Photos)
  3. Little Rock (Photos)
  4. Helena-West Helena (Photos)
  5. Osceola (Photos)
  6. West Memphis (Photos)
  7. Hot Springs (Photos)
  8. Jonesboro (Photos)
  9. Farmington (Photos)
  10. El Dorado (Photos)

The city with highest murder rate in Arkansas? That would be Osceola with 85.9 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Little Rock with 55.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 30 cities in Arkansas where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 30 places had no murder.

If you’re curious, here are the places in Arkansas which had the least murder chances for its residents, based on population: Fayetteville, Conway, Cabot, Harrison, Marion.

For more reading on the Natural State check out:

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 30 cities to rank.

Finally, averaged two scores:

  • 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 one murder.
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.

Pine Bluff, AR

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Population: 43,040
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 22 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 51.1 (4th 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.

Blytheville, AR

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Population: 14,184
Rank Last Year: 3
Murders: 9 (4th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 63.5 (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.

Little Rock, AR

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Population: 199,314
Rank Last Year: 1
Murders: 55 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.6 (7th 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.

Helena-West Helena, AR

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Population: 10,609
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 8 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 75.4 (2nd 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.

Osceola, AR

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Population: 6,984
Rank Last Year:
Murders: 6 (10th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 85.9 (1st Most)
More on Osceola:  Data | Photos

Osceola is a city in and one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Located along the Mississippi River within the Arkansas delta, the settlement was founded in 1837 and incorporated in 1853. Occupying an important location on the river, the city’s economy grew as steamboat traffic increased. Timber and cotton harvesting would develop, and the city experienced rapid growth and development throughout the early 20th century. The city’s economy has since diversified to include a robust industrial sector. The population was 7,757 at the 2010 census.

West Memphis, AR

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Population: 25,126
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 7 (8th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.9 (6th 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.

Hot Springs, AR

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Population: 36,956
Rank Last Year: 5
Murders: 8 (6th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 21.6 (9th Most)
More on Hot Springs:  Data | Photos

Hot Springs is the eleventh-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U.S. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 35,193. In 2015 the estimated population was 35,635.

Jonesboro, AR

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Population: 76,188
Rank Last Year: 24
Murders: 13 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 17.1 (14th Most)
More on Jonesboro:  Data | Photos

Jonesboro is a city in Craighead County, Arkansas, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city was 71,551. A college town, home of the Arkansas State Red Wolves, Jonesboro is the largest city in northeastern Arkansas and the Arkansas Delta; it is the fifth-most populous city in the state.

Farmington, AR

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Population: 6,949
Rank Last Year: 59
Murders: 3 (13th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 43.2 (5th Most)
More on Farmington:  Data | Photos

Farmington is a city in Washington County, Arkansas. The community is nestled in a valley among the Boston Mountains, a subset of the Ozark Mountains. Although the first settlers came from the Deep South in 1828, the community did not incorporate until 1946. Located immediately west of Fayetteville in the Northwest Arkansas metropolitan statistical area, Farmington has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 66% growth in population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses. It has been characterized as a bedroom community by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center.

El Dorado, AR

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Population: 18,257
Rank Last Year: 7
Murders: 5 (11th Most)
Murders Per 100k: 27.4 (8th Most)
More on El Dorado:  Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Arkansas For 2019

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 2019

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Pine Bluff, AR 22 51.12
2 Blytheville, AR 9 63.45
3 Little Rock, AR 55 27.59
4 Helena-West Helena, AR 8 75.41
5 Osceola, AR 6 85.91
6 West Memphis, AR 7 27.86
7 Hot Springs, AR 8 21.65
8 Jonesboro, AR 13 17.06
9 Farmington, AR 3 43.17
10 El Dorado, AR 5 27.39
11 North Little Rock, AR 9 13.45
12 Jacksonville, AR 3 10.51
13 Siloam Springs, AR 2 11.99
14 Ward, AR 1 19.97
15 Fort Smith, AR 7 7.92
16 White Hall, AR 1 19.96
17 Sherwood, AR 3 9.73
18 Berryville, AR 1 18.55
19 Warren, AR 1 17.49
20 Morrilton, AR 1 14.89
21 Stuttgart, AR 1 11.26
22 Texarkana, AR 2 6.59
23 Monticello, AR 1 10.23
24 Hope, AR 1 10.14
25 Malvern, AR 1 9.09
26 Marion, AR 1 8.09
27 Harrison, AR 1 7.57
28 Cabot, AR 1 3.83
29 Conway, AR 1 1.51
30 Fayetteville, AR 1 1.17

About Chris Kolmar

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