Here Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Arkansas After Dark
Imagine for a moment that you’re not safe behind your screen. You’re in an unfamiliar Arkansas town, in an unfamiliar neighborhood, walking back to your car. It’s nighttime, you’re alone, the streetlights are so far away they’re bordering on nonexistent, and everything is creepier in an unfamiliar place anyway, so you pick up the pace. You’re not quite on the verge of sprinting to your car and jumping into it like you’re still a kid worried about the ankle-grabbing monster who lives under your bed and loves to have barefoot children for a midnight snack, but you’re not exactly having a leisurely stroll either. You finally get to your car. It hasn’t been a long walk, but that dark street made it feel long. You put your keys into the ignition and a wave of relieve passes through you. You feel silly about how much your pace and pulse quickened, but you lock the doors anyway, just in case. You tell yourself there was never anything to be worried about on that little journey. After all, your home is in the Natural State and it’s a pretty safe place to be, right?
Well, you’re sort of right. Compared to national averages, Arkansas is a fairly safe place. I spent some time with a website called Neighborhood Scout, which is a great place to find information about crime rates by state and by city, hunting for Arkansas crime statistics. The median crime rate per square mile for the nation is 32.8. In Arkansas, there are only twenty crimes per square mile, so most of Arkansas is pretty safe. We go above the national average when it comes to violent crime, however. According to Neighborhood Scout, 1 in 208 Arkansans is likely to be a victim of a violent crime. There are some cities, however, where you’re much more likely to be a victim of crime, violent or otherwise. You’ll find ten cities you definitely don’t want to be caught in at night below. Number one is definitely going to be Pine Bluff because you’ve heard terrible stories about that town, yeah? Nope. Pine Bluff isn’t exactly a gem, but it’s probably better off than you think.
To see our previous list of most dangerous places in Arkansas, click here.
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.