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ArkansasLocated in the Southeastern region of the United States, Arkansas is home to 2.9 million residents. The state’s landscape stretches from the lowlands along the Mississippi River to the mountain regions of the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains. The state’s capital and largest city is Little Rock, and there are several smaller cities throughout the region. Arkansas remains heavily involved in agriculture and is the country’s largest producer of both turkeys and rice. The state is also rich in culture and has over 50 state parks. If you’d like to make The Natural State your next home, here are the 15 safest cities in Arkansas.

Related: Check out our Arkansas Public Records guide.

Our list was compiled based on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary BackgroundChecks.org research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 480 for violent crime and 3,338 for property crime. This is calculated by taking (# of crimes/population) * 100,000.

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#1 Mountain Home

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Located in Baxter County, the city of Mountain Home has a current population of 12,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits south of the Missouri state line in the southern Ozark Mountains and is home to a 2-year campus of Arkansas State University.  Mountain Home is the safest place to live in Arkansas, with a violent crime rate of 56, and the chance of being affected by property crime here at 4.3%.

#2 Bryant

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A city in Saline County, Bryant is home to 16,600 residents.  Considered a suburb of Little Rock, the community encompasses 9.1 square miles and is served by the Bryant School District.  Another safe place to call home in this state, the violent crime rate in Bryant is 93.4, and residents here have a 5.3% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#3 Maumelle

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Located in Pulaski County, the city of Maumelle is home to 17,100 residents.  Another Little Rock suburb, the community lies along the banks of the Arkansas River and is the site of two recreational lakes, Lake Valencia and Lake Willastein.   The violent crime rate here is 161, and the chance of being affected by property crime in Maumelle is just 2%.

#4 Bentonville

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A city in Benton County, Bentonville has a current population of 40,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community has over 300 acres of parks but is best known as the home of Walmart’s home office and the Walmart Visitor Center.  The violent crime rate in Bentonville is 225.1, and residents of the city have a 2% chance of being involved in a property crime.

#5 Magnolia

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Located in Columbia County, the city of Magnolia is home to 11,500 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is the site of Southern Arkansas University and is known for its popular Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff.  The violent crime rate here is 223.7, and residents of Magnolia have a 4.2% chance of being affected by property crime.

#6 Cabot

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A city in Lonoke County, Cabot is home to 23,700 residents.  Considered a suburb of Little Rock, this fast-growing community was founded in 1873, encompasses 19.2 square miles, and is known for its Cabotfest event held each October.  The violent crime rate in Cabot is 251.9, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.2%.

#7 Van Buren

Located in Crawford County, the city of Van Buren is home to 22,700 residents.  Also the county seat, the community lies northeast of Fort Smith, is bordered to the south by the Arkansas River, and houses several large poultry processors such as Tyson Foods and Simmons.  The violent crime rate here is 306, and residents of Van Buren have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#8 Siloam Springs

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A city in Benton County, Siloam Springs is home to 15,000 residents.  The community lies just east of the Oklahoma state line and Cherokee Nation territory and is the site of John Brown University, a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college.  The violent crime rate in Siloam Springs is 316.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 2.8%.

#9 Russellville

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Located in Pope County, the city of Russellville has a current population of 27,900 residents.  Also the county seat, the community borders the Arkansas River and is home to the state’s only nuclear power plant as well as Arkansas Tech University.  The violent crime rate here is 332.5, and residents of Russellville have a 3.9% chance of being affected by property crime.

#10 Paragould

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A city in Greene County, Paragould is home to 26,100 residents.  Also the county seat, the community sits atop a geologic anomaly called Crowley’s Ridge, encompasses 31 square miles, and has several properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The violent crime rate in Paragould is 334.6, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 5.8%.

#11 Rogers

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Located in Benton County, the city of Rogers has a current population of 55,900 residents.  This fast-growing community has many parks, a revitalized historic district, and was included on CNN Money’s list of “100 Best Places to Live.”  The violent crime rate here is 349.7, and residents of Rogers have a 3.6% chance of being affected by property crime.

#12 Benton

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A city in Saline County, Benton is home to 30,600 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Little Rock, encompasses 47.8 square miles, and is served by three different school districts.  The violent crime rate in Benton is 368.4, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.3%.

#13 Sherwood

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Located in Pulaski County, the city of Sherwood is home to 29,500 residents.  Another Little Rock suburb, the community is served by the Pulaski County School District and major employers here include ABC Financial, FTD.com, and Cardinal Health.  The violent crime rate here is 407.8, and residents of Sherwood have a 3.4% chance of being affected by property crime.

#14 Conway

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A city in Faulkner County, Conway has a current population of 64,400 residents.  Also the county seat, the community is considered a suburb of Little Rock and is home to three colleges, the University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College, and Hendrix College.  The violent crime rate in Conway is 415.2, and the chance of being involved in a property crime here is 4.1%.

#15 Jonesboro

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Located in Craighead County, the city of Jonesboro is home to 71,500 residents.  The community is the largest in the northeastern region of the state, lies in the Arkansas Delta, and is the site of the main campus of Arkansas State University.  The violent crime rate here is 428.7, and residents of Jonesboro have a 4.5% chance of being affected by property crime.

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