The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arkansas For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arkansas have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Hey y'all there's some pretty awesome family friendly places to live in Arkansas! And, lucky for you, we have them listed right here. Where are the most family friendly places in the The Natural State? You're going to have to take a look below at HomeSnacks list of the best places to raise your family in Arkansas for 2022 to find out.

But first, we need to tell you how we determined the most family friendly places in Arkansas. We consulted the US Census on places in The Bear State with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 32 family friendly Arkansas places that any family would be lucky to call home.

Why'd we do it? For many reasons. One, we wouldn't want any family to miss out on Fort Smith's family friendly Riverfront Blues Festival each year. Two, the state has 31 Blue Ribbon schools and some of them can be found in Arkansas' most family friendly places. And three, we wouldn't want your family to get stuck in one of Arkansas' most dangerous places-that would be 'no bueno'! Speaking of family friendly entertainment, we think the best family day in this southern paradise would go something like this: first, a trip to the Crossett's Crossland Zoo; then, a visit to the Altitude Trampoline Park in Little Rock.

So, want to see a list of Arkansas' best places to raise a family? Read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Arkansas For 2022

  1. Bentonville
  2. Siloam Springs
  3. Harrison
  4. Van Buren
  5. Rogers
  6. Paragould
  7. Mountain Home
  8. Magnolia
  9. Batesville
  10. Blytheville

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against the numbers. We've had more than ten million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this Alabama Democrat Gazette feature. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

What city is the best place to raise a family in Arkansas? Well according to the US Census Bentonville is the best of the best if you care about a good education, low crime, and a high quality of life. And we're pretty sure that you do.

To see how your favorite places in Arkansas compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Arkansas and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arkansas For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 52,070
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 42.8%
More on Bentonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,031
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 43.7%
More on Siloam Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,124
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 24.6%
More on Harrison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harrison, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,600
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 33.8%
More on Van Buren: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Van Buren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 67,787
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 41.7%
More on Rogers: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 28,821
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 38.6%
More on Paragould: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Paragould, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,463
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 18.2%
More on Mountain Home: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mountain Home, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,537
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 33.4%
More on Magnolia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Magnolia, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,749
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 32.4%
More on Batesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Batesville, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 13,735
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Blytheville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blytheville, AR

Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Arkansas anyways?

To give you the places in Arkansas which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Natural State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Arkansas, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Arkansas, that meant a total of 32 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Arkansas

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Arkansas ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Arkansas according to the data:

  1. El Dorado
  2. Helena-West Helena
  3. Jacksonville

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Arkansas?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Bentonville, AR 52,070 55
2 Siloam Springs, AR 17,031 52
3 Harrison, AR 13,124 69
4 Van Buren, AR 23,600 63
5 Rogers, AR 67,787 59
6 Paragould, AR 28,821 54
7 Mountain Home, AR 12,463 35
8 Magnolia, AR 11,537 47
9 Batesville, AR 10,749 42
10 Blytheville, AR 13,735 63

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in Arkansas.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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