The 10 Best Counties To Live In Arkansas For 2022


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Arkansas have the most for people looking to make the move to Arkansas.

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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 2022.

Grant County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Arkansas. And you might want to avoid St. Francis 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.

Or, check out the best places to live in Arkansas and the cheapest places to live in Arkansas.

The Best Counties To Live In Arkansas For 2022

1. Grant County

Sheridan, AR

Biggest Place: Sheridan

Population: 18,229
Median Income: $59,051.0 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $122,600.0 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (5th best)
More on Grant County: PhotosData

2. Saline County

Benton, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Benton

Population: 120,990
Median Income: $66,876.0 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $159,300.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (12th best)
More on Saline County: PhotosData

3. Cleveland County

Kingsland, AR

Biggest Place: Rison

Population: 8,063
Median Income: $46,349.0 (23rd best)
Median Home Price: $90,400.0 (45th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (4th best)
More on Cleveland County: PhotosData

4. Boone County

Harrison, AR

Biggest Place: Harrison

Population: 37,525
Median Income: $46,392.0 (2best)
Median Home Price: $127,200.0 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (18th best)
More on Boone County: PhotosData

5. Benton County

Bella Vista, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Springdale

Population: 273,510
Median Income: $71,556.0 (best)
Median Home Price: $192,900.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (2nd best)
More on Benton County: PhotosData

6. Faulkner County

Conway, AR

Biggest Place: Conway

Population: 124,800
Median Income: $54,191.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $163,900.0 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (6th best)
More on Faulkner County: PhotosData

7. Perry County

Biggest Place: Perryville

Population: 10,342
Median Income: $44,926.0 (29th best)
Median Home Price: $115,000.0 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (33rd best)
More on Perry County: Data

8. Baxter County

Mountain Home, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mountain Home

Population: 41,673
Median Income: $43,504.0 (35th best)
Median Home Price: $134,500.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (35th best)
More on Baxter County: PhotosData

9. Newton County

Biggest Place: Jasper

Population: 7,753
Median Income: $39,542.0 (53rd best)
Median Home Price: $127,100.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (32nd best)
More on Newton County: Data

10. Lonoke County

Cabot, AR

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Cabot

Population: 73,163
Median Income: $59,278.0 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $145,000.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (2best)
More on Lonoke County: PhotosData

Methodology: 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.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

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 St. Francis County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Arkansas.

Summary: 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:

  1. St. Francis County
  2. Jackson County
  3. Phillips County

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Arkansas

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Grant County 1 18,229 $59,051.0 $122,600.0
Saline County 2 120,990 $66,876.0 $159,300.0
Cleveland County 3 8,063 $46,349.0 $90,400.0
Boone County 4 37,525 $46,392.0 $127,200.0
Benton County 5 273,510 $71,556.0 $192,900.0
Faulkner County 6 124,800 $54,191.0 $163,900.0
Perry County 7 10,342 $44,926.0 $115,000.0
Baxter County 8 41,673 $43,504.0 $134,500.0
Newton County 9 7,753 $39,542.0 $127,100.0
Lonoke County 10 73,163 $59,278.0 $145,000.0
Little River County 11 12,345 $48,966.0 $77,400.0
Drew County 12 18,263 $42,924.0 $102,300.0
Independence County 13 37,585 $48,972.0 $97,900.0
Yell County 14 21,425 $47,981.0 $110,300.0
Cleburne County 15 25,063 $45,563.0 $126,400.0
Pulaski County 16 393,078 $52,930.0 $161,000.0
Arkansas County 17 17,761 $51,000.0 $98,600.0
Pike County 18 10,714 $42,983.0 $86,100.0
Pope County 19 63,926 $46,004.0 $129,000.0
Carroll County 20 28,062 $48,249.0 $143,600.0
Crawford County 21 63,118 $48,980.0 $123,800.0
Marion County 22 16,586 $38,426.0 $132,200.0
Craighead County 23 109,081 $49,730.0 $149,700.0
Hot Spring County 24 33,667 $46,390.0 $102,400.0
Washington County 25 236,198 $52,380.0 $184,300.0
Logan County 26 21,619 $44,232.0 $100,500.0
Prairie County 27 8,138 $42,754.0 $71,800.0
Searcy County 28 7,898 $35,077.0 $99,000.0
Lincoln County 29 13,278 $46,554.0 $90,600.0
Franklin County 30 17,785 $37,561.0 $96,900.0
Clark County 31 22,341 $39,500.0 $116,100.0
Greene County 32 45,197 $50,083.0 $124,800.0
Johnson County 33 26,475 $39,346.0 $107,600.0
White County 34 78,725 $44,000.0 $125,300.0
Van Buren County 35 16,578 $40,442.0 $105,500.0
Garland County 36 99,043 $48,150.0 $142,100.0
Ashley County 37 20,000 $43,601.0 $76,200.0
Nevada County 38 8,249 $39,946.0 $66,400.0
Union County 39 39,089 $45,293.0 $89,700.0
Lawrence County 40 16,511 $40,587.0 $75,400.0
Randolph County 41 17,934 $42,844.0 $92,500.0
Clay County 42 14,710 $37,933.0 $79,600.0
Conway County 43 20,895 $44,456.0 $113,500.0
Miller County 44 43,515 $45,391.0 $113,400.0
Woodruff County 45 6,477 $40,331.0 $74,300.0
Bradley County 46 10,805 $41,808.0 $87,600.0
Sebastian County 47 127,670 $47,878.0 $129,300.0
Sharp County 48 17,217 $35,573.0 $75,200.0
Sevier County 49 16,947 $47,872.0 $95,000.0
Izard County 50 13,596 $42,818.0 $81,900.0
Scott County 51 10,269 $42,635.0 $81,900.0
Calhoun County 52 5,160 $50,441.0 $73,100.0
Howard County 53 13,267 $38,038.0 $101,000.0
Stone County 54 12,582 $36,067.0 $135,800.0
Columbia County 55 23,620 $37,609.0 $87,700.0
Madison County 56 16,393 $41,446.0 $116,000.0
Dallas County 57 7,114 $35,134.0 $78,200.0
Cross County 58 16,576 $44,379.0 $83,800.0
Ouachita County 59 23,597 $38,279.0 $76,900.0
Hempstead County 60 21,695 $45,484.0 $87,700.0
Desha County 61 11,538 $31,855.0 $82,500.0
Jefferson County 62 68,123 $40,402.0 $84,900.0
Lafayette County 63 6,728 $33,763.0 $60,800.0
Polk County 64 19,999 $39,084.0 $103,700.0
Fulton County 65 12,301 $35,274.0 $84,400.0
Montgomery County 66 8,964 $41,165.0 $111,600.0
Poinsett County 67 23,747 $40,700.0 $81,200.0
Crittenden County 68 48,381 $42,384.0 $122,700.0
Mississippi County 69 41,396 $42,986.0 $93,000.0
Monroe County 70 6,879 $38,438.0 $73,500.0
Chicot County 71 10,433 $33,523.0 $68,000.0
Lee County 72 8,963 $27,902.0 $76,400.0
Phillips County 73 18,151 $33,724.0 $80,800.0
Jackson County 74 16,908 $37,885.0 $71,300.0
St. Francis County 75 25,477 $36,053.0 $65,200.0
Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best counties to live in Arkansas.

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