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:
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.
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.
Population: 397 Median Income: $17,355
Median Home Value: $58,300
Population: 266 Median Income: $23,750
Median Home Value: $72,100
Population: 469 Median Income: $16,917
Median Home Value: $51,600
Population: 498 Median Income: $14,271
Median Home Value: $45,900
Population: 165 Median Income: $18,214
Median Home Value: $41,700
Population: 285 Median Income: $30,682
Median Home Value: $35,000
Population: 884 Median Income: $22,358
Median Home Value: $33,400
Population: 119 Median Income: $20,278
Median Home Value: $29,300
Population: 230 Median Income: $20,000
Median Home Value: $28,800
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.
- Best: Cammack Village
- 2nd Best: Avilla
- 3rd Best: Natural Steps
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas
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