These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in AR are the pits.

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Most Americans have never been to Arkansas. However, as the people who live there know, Arkansas is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Arkansas has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Natural State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 273 of Arkansas’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Arkansas where you’d never want to live:

  1. Dennard
  2. Edmondson
  3. Turrell
  4. Joiner
  5. Parkdale
  6. Wilton
  7. Luxora
  8. Banks
  9. Winchester
  10. Rondo

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Arkansas has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Arkansas or the worst places to live in Arkansas.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Arkansas, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 273 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

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1. Dennard


Population: 397
Median Income: $17,355
Median Home Value: $58,300

2. Edmondson


Population: 266
Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $72,100

3. Turrell


Population: 469
Median Income: $16,917
Median Home Value: $51,600

4. Joiner


Population: 498
Median Income: $14,271
Median Home Value: $45,900

5. Parkdale


Population: 165
Median Income: $18,214
Median Home Value: $41,700

6. Wilton


Population: 285
Median Income: $30,682
Median Home Value: $35,000

7. Luxora


Population: 884
Median Income: $22,358
Median Home Value: $33,400

8. Banks


Population: 119
Median Income: $20,278
Median Home Value: $29,300

9. Winchester


Population: 230
Median Income: $20,000
Median Home Value: $28,800

10. Rondo


Population: 299
Median Income: $16,875
Median Home Value: $48,300

There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Arkansas

If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Natural State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Arkansas, according to science.

  1. Best: Cammack Village
  2. 2nd Best: Avilla
  3. 3rd Best: Natural Steps

For more reading, check out:

  • These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Arkansas
  • These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places in Arkansas
  • These Are The 10 Most Boring Cities In Arkansas
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Dennard 1 397 $58,300
    Edmondson 2 266 $72,100
    Turrell 3 469 $51,600
    Joiner 4 498 $45,900
    Parkdale 5 165 $41,700
    Wilton 6 285 $35,000
    Luxora 7 884 $33,400
    Banks 8 119 $29,300
    Winchester 9 230 $28,800
    Rondo 10 299 $48,300
    Wilmot 11 482 $27,800
    Omaha 12 200 $46,700
    Bradley 13 561 $47,300
    Garland 14 302 $54,200
    Mcneil 15 415 $37,100
    Sidney 16 184 $66,300
    Hermitage 17 816 $55,000
    Elaine 18 775 $39,500
    Patterson 19 408 $30,000
    Success 20 114 $40,000
    Hardy 21 733 $75,800
    Kingsland 22 410 $32,500
    Hunter 23 113 $58,600
    Lewisville 24 979 $47,300
    Reed 25 152 $45,000
    Montrose 26 275 $32,900
    Wickes 27 895 $61,700
    Grady 28 389 $53,500
    Grannis 29 707 $54,800
    Lake View 30 448 $62,900
    Branch 31 363 $59,200
    Mitchellville 32 400 $45,000
    Huttig 33 456 $42,500
    Reyno 34 387 $44,700
    Madison 35 866 $30,700
    Magness 36 175 $37,900
    Black Rock 37 692 $58,000
    Oak Grove 38 459 $68,100
    Ravenden Springs 39 270 $28,300
    Ravenden 40 442 $56,500
    Fouke 41 905 $59,600
    Dyess 42 463 $57,500
    Mountain Pine 43 805 $28,500
    Aubrey 44 141 $71,700
    Colt 45 455 $49,400
    Fredonia (Biscoe) 46 441 $33,100
    Biggers 47 285 $43,600
    Evening Shade 48 463 $53,800
    Cotton Plant 49 653 $26,000
    Gum Springs 50 173 $48,600
    Gould 51 666 $57,700
    Mcdougal 52 143 $40,600
    Sparkman 53 384 $37,500
    Sunset 54 168 $26,700
    Alicia 55 168 $51,000
    Hartman 56 578 $60,400
    Griffithville 57 116 $39,000
    Center Ridge 58 482 $73,000
    Parkin 59 962 $55,600
    Hackett 60 931 $77,000
    Etowah 61 242 $32,500
    Portia 62 597 $58,200
    Belleville 63 424 $72,700
    Leslie 64 519 $75,700
    Hatfield 65 396 $61,100
    Guion 66 126 $50,000
    Knobel 67 197 $24,800
    Calion 68 369 $53,300
    Lead Hill 69 226 $86,100
    Holly Grove 70 581 $33,600
    Ben Lomond 71 110 $60,600
    Widener 72 326 $30,000
    Yarborough Landing 73 326 $73,600
    O’Kean 74 198 $30,800
    Wabbaseka 75 281 $53,200
    Perla 76 275 $51,700
    Huntington 77 633 $53,000
    Caldwell 78 531 $61,600
    Chidester 79 294 $33,400
    Hartford 80 598 $55,500
    Midland 81 388 $48,500
    De Valls Bluff 82 597 $57,400
    Palestine 83 751 $75,000
    Pyatt 84 271 $62,500
    Leola 85 533 $50,000
    Russell 86 236 $55,700
    Concord 87 187 $56,000
    Cash 88 423 $53,000
    Fargo 89 117 $46,700
    St. Francis 90 175 $51,300
    Sulphur Springs 91 397 $60,000
    Greenway 92 209 $47,900
    Bodcaw 93 157 $23,600
    Perry 94 251 $66,900
    Summit 95 430 $78,900
    Strong 96 418 $48,400
    Norman 97 352 $53,800
    Oxford 98 616 $65,700
    Arkansas City 99 548 $46,000
    Lockesburg 100 732 $53,000

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    4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2018

    1. What about Timbo, ar? I didn’t see it on the list and I got excited someone was doing small towns in Arkansas but I didn’t see it on the big list!!

    2. I grew up in Pyatt. I graduated from high school. I moved away. I wish I hadn’t of. I love Pyatt.

    3. My grandparent’s lived in Pyatt (Eunice and Tinnie Markle) about 1965. I have fond memories visiting a little grocery store with him before we went fishing at a local creek. They lived on the main road going into town from the hwy. The house was on the right and had a steep driveway with a hard u turn. One day the brakes went out on the old Ford pick up and we flew straight into the garden. The only other memory was of a little gas station on the main hwy where I went to get candy. It was a boring town back then and everybody was in everybody else’s personal business. I guess it was because there wasn’t anything else to do.

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