The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arkansas For 2021


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Arkansas.

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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 2021 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 31 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 2021

  1. Bentonville
  2. Siloam Springs
  3. Magnolia
  4. Blytheville
  5. Harrison
  6. Van Buren
  7. Batesville
  8. Centerton
  9. Rogers
  10. Pine Bluff

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 2021

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 49,467
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 40.9%
More on Bentonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 16,715
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 42.6%
More on Siloam Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Magnolia, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,562
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Garland
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Magnolia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Blytheville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,011
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 34.3%
More on Blytheville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harrison, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,063
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 27.1%
More on Harrison: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Van Buren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,413
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 34.6%
More on Van Buren: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Batesville, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,706
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 33.7%
More on Batesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 14,203
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 48
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 48.1%
More on Centerton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 66,344
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 40.8%
More on Rogers: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pine Bluff, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 43,091
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 27.6%
More on Pine Bluff: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 31 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - 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. Jacksonville
  3. Helena-West Helena

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Arkansas?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Bentonville, AR 49,467 49
2 Siloam Springs, AR 16,715 49
3 Magnolia, AR 11,562 63
4 Blytheville, AR 14,011 71
5 Harrison, AR 13,063 61
6 Van Buren, AR 23,413 68
7 Batesville, AR 10,706 43
8 Centerton, AR 14,203 36
9 Rogers, AR 66,344 65
10 Pine Bluff, AR 43,091 71

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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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