Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Arkansas a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Arkansas.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Natural State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Arkansas, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 75 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Natural State for 2021.
Grant County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Arkansas. And you might want to avoid Phillips County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Arkansas, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Arkansas For 2021
1. Grant County
Biggest Place: Sheridan
Biggest Place: Benton
Biggest Place: Springdale
Biggest Place: Cabot
Biggest Place: Mountain Home
6. Boone County
Biggest Place: Harrison
Biggest Place: Conway
8. Perry County
Biggest Place: Perryville
Median Income: $48,667 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $106,300.0 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (38th best)
More on Perry County: Data
Biggest Place: Jasper
Median Income: $38,082 (53rd best)
Median Home Price: $114,700.0 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (6th best)
More on Newton County: Data
10. Cleburne County
Biggest Place: Heber Springs
Median Income: $44,483 (26th best)
Median Home Price: $129,900.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (17th best)
More on Cleburne County: Data
How do you determine which Arkansas county is the best?
To give you the best county in Arkansas, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Arkansas across each of the criteria from one to 75, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Arkansas”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Natural State.
Read on to see why Grant County is the best county, while Phillips County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Arkansas.
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Arkansas To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Arkansas can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Arkansas according to the data:
- Phillips County
- Jackson County
- Lafayette County
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