Arkansas is the 4th most dangerous state, report says

JONESBORO, Ark. – Although you’re not likely to see many government leaders sharing this article, the statistics don’t lie and the truth isn’t pretty for The Natural State with regards to crime.

Arkansas is the fourth most dangerous state to live in, a report published in September says. It is based on 2017 crime reporting statistics from the FBI.

Arkansas is another poor state in the south with a far-higher than average number of murders, rapes, assaults and robberies per capita.

If you live in the Natural State, don’t leave your car doors unlocked; there were more than 7,100 vehicles stolen in the state of Arkansas in 2017. – Chris Kolmar, RoadSnacks

The list ranks the top five as follows:

  1. New Mexico (702 violent crimes per 100K, 3,937 property crimes per 100K)
  2. Alaska (804 violent/3,353 property)
  3. Louisiana (566 violent/3,297 property)
  4. Arkansas (554 violent, 3,078 property)
  5. Tennessee (651 violent, 2,940 property)

The report doesn’t rely solely on statistics for violent crime alone. If it did, Arkansas would rank sixth most dangerous and Tennessee would be third most dangerous. Instead, the writer considered property crime, too, from the FBI’s 2017 Crime Report numbers. Based on violent crime alone, Alaska is the most likely state for rape, assault, or murder. Only 741,894 people live in Alaska. About two-million live in New Mexico, the number one ranking. Close to three-million live in Arkansas.


A more detailed list of the most dangerous Arkansas cities was published. That list’s top five most dangerous included:

  1. Little Rock
  2. Osceola
  3. Pine Bluff
  4. West Memphis
  5. Alma
Jonesboro was the 23rd best, Paragould 29th worst, Trumann 16th worst, Blytheville 9th worst, Osceola 5th worst, West Memphis 8th worst, Marion 19th best, and Pocahontas 25th worst. To see the interactive photo with rankings, click here.  Photo source:

The five best cities to live in, HomeSnacks said, were:

  1. Bentonville
  2. Maumelle
  3. Bryant
  4. Centerton
  5. Greenwood

HomeSnacks/RoadSnacks describes itself as combining recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into “bite-sized” studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities. The writer, Chris Kolmar, has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, and USA Today.

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