Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Arkansas.

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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 138 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:

These are the worst small towns in Arkansas for 2020:

  1. Hughes (Photos)
  2. Horatio
  3. Ola
  4. Kensett
  5. Marked Tree
  6. Wickes
  7. Luxora
  8. Hamburg
  9. Diaz
  10. Eudora (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in arkansas for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Hughes is the worst small town to live in Arkansas.

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.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2020

Hughes, AR

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/10

Population: 1,336
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $52,400 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.0% (1st worst)
More on Hughes:  Data | Photos

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3
/10

Population: 1,027
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $58,800 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (21st worst)
More on Horatio:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 1,101
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $60,900 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.6% (9th worst)
More on Ola:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,690
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $54,400 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (20th worst)
More on Kensett:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 2,238
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $59,800 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (59th worst)
More on Marked Tree:  Data

6. Wickes

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,007
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $52,300 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (120th worst)
More on Wickes:

7. Luxora

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,203
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $23,200 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 16.2% (10th worst)
More on Luxora:

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,741
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Home Value: $60,200 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.8% (50th worst)
More on Hamburg:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,204
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 24)
Median Home Value: $68,800 (40th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.6% (13th worst)
More on Diaz:  Data

Eudora, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,035
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Home Value: $50,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.2% (4th worst)
More on Eudora:  Data | Photos

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 determined the worst small towns to live in Arkansas for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 138 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.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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. Cave Springs (Pop. 3,881)
  2. Shannon Hills (Pop. 3,774)
  3. Lake Hamilton (Pop. 2,128)

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arkansas

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hughes 1,336 22.0% $52,400
2 Horatio 1,027 12.3% $58,800
3 Ola 1,101 17.6% $60,900
4 Kensett 1,690 12.4% $54,400
5 Marked Tree 2,238 7.9% $59,800
6 Wickes 1,007 2.9% $52,300
7 Luxora 1,203 16.2% $23,200
8 Hamburg 2,741 8.8% $60,200
9 Diaz 1,204 14.6% $68,800
10 Eudora 2,035 21.2% $50,200
11 Waldo 1,409 11.6% $56,500
12 Horseshoe Bend 2,464 12.9% $67,500
13 Brinkley 2,823 7.3% $71,600
14 Dermott 2,631 9.3% $61,500
15 Rison 1,294 18.2% $75,700
16 Glenwood 2,085 5.1% $80,300
17 Caraway 1,121 18.9% $47,700
18 Marianna 3,685 17.9% $68,100
19 Salem 1,845 9.2% $72,900
20 Clarendon 1,759 10.0% $52,800
21 Bearden 1,007 7.9% $41,700
22 Marvell 1,383 11.5% $49,100
23 Waldron 3,401 10.6% $66,200
24 Flippin 1,342 10.5% $81,200
25 Bald Knob 2,891 9.9% $81,900
26 Mulberry 1,658 5.5% $70,000
27 Augusta 2,402 17.8% $64,600
28 Decatur 1,879 5.3% $84,500
29 Lincoln 2,436 9.3% $97,100
30 Lepanto 2,071 7.4% $59,300
31 Marshall 1,508 6.6% $84,100
32 Paris 3,426 21.7% $83,700
33 Ash Flat 1,168 6.8% $83,000
34 Stamps 1,562 5.2% $44,700
35 Coal Hill 1,189 8.8% $75,500
36 Earle 2,179 10.2% $65,300
37 Lewisville 1,047 5.6% $46,100
38 Foreman 1,145 8.7% $51,900
39 Huntsville 2,475 8.5% $88,100
40 Nashville 4,447 12.1% $86,400
41 Mcgehee 3,858 11.3% $79,900
42 Dumas 4,287 10.4% $63,300
43 Corning 3,181 5.4% $63,600
44 Mansfield 1,384 7.9% $80,100
45 Leachville 2,467 14.1% $65,700
46 Yellville 1,162 8.8% $97,600
47 Dierks 1,068 8.9% $61,100
48 Mountain View 2,834 4.0% $137,900
49 Judsonia 2,088 13.4% $86,300
50 Lamar 2,002 3.8% $97,300
51 Clinton 2,534 9.1% $117,200
52 Hoxie 2,641 8.1% $67,800
53 Murfreesboro 1,834 6.9% $75,400
54 Wrightsville 1,671 6.5% $76,100
55 Ozark 3,601 4.2% $78,000
56 Dewitt 3,117 7.7% $61,400
57 North Crossett 3,184 10.3% $70,500
58 Smackover 1,897 7.3% $58,300
59 Booneville 3,869 6.3% $85,100
60 Lake Village 2,461 10.8% $65,200
61 Cave City 2,412 3.7% $67,800
62 Hazen 1,321 4.5% $88,400
63 Prescott 3,072 0.7% $55,000
64 Marmaduke 1,399 12.8% $60,700
65 Newark 1,094 3.1% $69,100
66 Tuckerman 2,119 6.4% $73,100
67 Mcalmont 2,017 15.8% $88,300
68 Calico Rock 2,176 8.0% $77,600
69 Danville 2,270 2.2% $97,400
70 Monette 1,785 8.3% $81,500
71 Green Forest 2,680 4.9% $80,600
72 Gurdon 2,580 5.1% $72,200
73 Hampton 1,341 5.8% $73,200
74 Piney 4,380 10.6% $95,700
75 Mount Ida 1,240 10.2% $101,100
76 Mccrory 1,511 4.5% $73,200
77 Rector 2,098 10.1% $66,400
78 Des Arc 1,728 7.9% $64,500
79 Ashdown 4,447 21.3% $68,300
80 Melbourne 1,787 13.1% $81,000
81 Alexander 3,007 4.9% $67,300
82 Oak Grove Heights 1,005 11.0% $110,300
83 Dardanelle 4,594 8.9% $107,000
84 West Crossett 1,181 3.4% $73,300
85 Eureka Springs 2,011 2.0% $150,700
86 Barling 4,844 4.3% $100,400
87 Bay 2,077 7.2% $83,900
88 Perryville 1,685 13.6% $95,500
89 Piggott 3,653 2.6% $83,800
90 Harrisburg 2,607 5.2% $73,700
91 Star City 1,862 0.9% $78,400
92 Gravette 3,340 4.1% $120,200
93 Fordyce 3,925 2.2% $70,700
94 Atkins 3,034 5.1% $86,000
95 Cedarville 1,328 3.0% $102,300
96 Landmark 3,279 15.5% $102,000
97 Lake City 2,380 10.6% $89,800
98 Mineral Springs 1,131 6.7% $83,900
99 Bull Shoals 2,097 5.5% $129,400
100 Manila 3,330 4.4% $100,800

How Is The Area In ?

6 thoughts on “Worst Small Towns In Arkansas, 2020

  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.

  4. I am Glad Twist Arkansas did not make the list . The home of blues legend B B KING’S famous guitar LUCILE. The original one that started the Guitar Legend !

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