These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 139 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 2019:

  1. Hughes (Photos)
  2. Eudora (Photos)
  3. Horatio
  4. Waldo
  5. Lewisville
  6. Ola
  7. Kensett
  8. Lepanto
  9. Clarendon
  10. Marianna (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in Arkansas for 2019? 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.

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 139 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.

Hughes, AR

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Population: 1,263
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $48,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.6% (4th worst)
More on Hughes:  Data | Photos

Eudora, AR

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3
/10

Population: 1,811
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $48,000 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.1% (7th worst)
More on Eudora:  Data | Photos

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/10

Population: 1,064
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $59,300 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.9% (12th worst)
More on Horatio:  Data

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/10

Population: 1,448
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $58,500 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.1% (2nd worst)
More on Waldo:  Data

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Population: 1,049
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $47,900 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (49th worst)
More on Lewisville:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,343
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $65,100 (32nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.2% (9th worst)
More on Ola:  Data

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3
/10

Population: 1,486
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $53,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (68th worst)
More on Kensett:  Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,053
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $62,400 (20th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (27th worst)
More on Lepanto:  Data

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4
/10

Population: 1,846
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $51,800 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.0% (26th worst)
More on Clarendon:  Data

Marianna, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,795
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $64,200 (27th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 19.3% (6th worst)
More on Marianna:  Data | Photos

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. Austin (Pop. 2,789)
  2. Cave Springs (Pop. 3,320)
  3. Salem (Pop. 2,323)

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arkansas

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Hughes 1,263 22.6% $48,500
2 Eudora 1,811 19.1% $48,000
3 Horatio 1,064 15.9% $59,300
4 Waldo 1,448 23.1% $58,500
5 Lewisville 1,049 9.3% $47,900
6 Ola 1,343 17.2% $65,100
7 Kensett 1,486 7.4% $53,500
8 Lepanto 2,053 12.7% $62,400
9 Clarendon 1,846 13.0% $51,800
10 Marianna 3,795 19.3% $64,200
11 Horseshoe Bend 2,396 15.4% $64,600
12 Caraway 1,044 21.4% $45,800
13 Marked Tree 2,500 6.3% $66,700
14 Glenwood 2,246 8.2% $73,900
15 Earle 1,999 14.2% $69,100
16 Mountain View 2,828 11.0% $100,000
17 Dumas 4,358 11.7% $59,400
18 Stamps 1,786 7.9% $49,900
19 Midway 1,031 10.6% $72,700
20 Hamburg 2,759 9.9% $67,600
21 Salem 1,910 10.7% $71,600
22 Ash Flat 1,191 6.6% $81,900
23 Hackett 1,032 31.6% $81,000
24 Brinkley 2,854 9.8% $63,100
25 Bald Knob 2,886 12.0% $81,100
26 Mcgehee 3,921 13.8% $64,400
27 Foreman 1,062 11.8% $59,400
28 Ozark 3,604 14.9% $77,400
29 Rison 1,286 22.7% $106,900
30 Augusta 2,522 16.7% $63,200
31 Flippin 1,263 9.5% $80,800
32 Coal Hill 1,175 14.6% $72,600
33 Diaz 1,501 5.0% $64,800
34 Waldron 3,435 10.8% $62,800
35 Dermott 2,653 7.2% $59,100
36 Judsonia 2,060 15.7% $82,500
37 Marvell 1,242 11.9% $50,000
38 Leachville 2,174 15.9% $59,700
39 Decatur 2,178 4.2% $82,400
40 Dierks 1,137 7.5% $61,000
41 Huntsville 3,248 6.3% $87,000
42 Nashville 4,469 8.6% $84,400
43 Lake Village 2,706 14.7% $69,800
44 Paris 3,412 13.8% $82,200
45 Hoxie 2,680 9.7% $64,000
46 Dewitt 3,166 11.4% $63,200
47 Lincoln 2,645 11.3% $93,000
48 Marshall 1,900 5.4% $68,700
49 Mulberry 1,821 10.0% $82,800
50 Mccrory 1,746 5.7% $71,000
51 North Crossett 2,941 13.1% $60,600
52 Prescott 3,112 3.2% $61,600
53 Piney 4,385 13.4% $94,400
54 Wrightsville 1,627 6.8% $70,200
55 Ashdown 4,471 18.0% $69,500
56 Clinton 2,735 8.1% $110,100
57 Hampton 1,403 3.7% $71,200
58 Cherokee Village 4,804 11.1% $79,200
59 Corning 3,205 2.4% $59,000
60 Tuckerman 2,029 5.2% $66,900
61 Cave City 2,615 4.0% $67,400
62 Gurdon 2,314 8.2% $70,500
63 Hazen 1,386 5.4% $79,000
64 Yellville 1,079 6.5% $97,800
65 Manila 3,307 14.2% $88,500
66 Danville 2,259 3.8% $86,700
67 Lamar 1,763 4.4% $88,700
68 Mcalmont 1,704 11.0% $81,600
69 West Crossett 1,049 5.7% $65,600
70 Newark 1,189 4.1% $71,600
71 Booneville 3,876 7.0% $86,400
72 Rector 2,075 9.9% $68,300
73 Monette 1,666 9.4% $81,400
74 Dardanelle 4,588 7.1% $98,000
75 Piggott 3,667 4.1% $82,300
76 Mount Ida 1,227 5.6% $70,000
77 Melbourne 1,925 13.4% $81,500
78 Mansfield 1,301 5.7% $83,000
79 Smackover 1,973 5.8% $62,700
80 Alexander 2,881 5.9% $78,400
81 Des Arc 1,803 8.7% $64,900
82 Eureka Springs 2,173 2.0% $152,800
83 Calico Rock 1,995 6.0% $75,500
84 Marmaduke 1,331 7.5% $61,800
85 Landmark 3,313 16.7% $96,200
86 Barling 4,809 5.4% $97,500
87 Dover 1,503 5.3% $105,300
88 Murfreesboro 1,778 4.1% $75,100
89 Mayflower 2,218 2.6% $124,700
90 Green Forest 2,673 3.9% $82,500
91 Star City 1,993 2.6% $83,200
92 Perryville 1,651 9.1% $94,800
93 Bono 2,494 6.2% $92,900
94 Wilson 1,016 8.7% $85,500
95 Pottsville 3,072 8.8% $119,200
96 Highland 1,093 7.4% $91,000
97 Kibler 1,128 5.9% $102,200
98 Lake City 2,425 8.6% $78,600
99 Bay 1,887 4.9% $82,300
100 Bethel Heights 2,560 1.2% $158,400

5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arkansas For 2019

  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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