Booneville has moved from number 31 to number 24 according to safewise.com’s sixth annual report on the safest cities in Arkansas.
Down from 2.83 in last year’s ranking, Booneville reported 1.3 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, based on a population of 3,886, according to the report.
The state’s violent crime rate was 5.4 per 1,000 residents according to the report.
Property crime reports in the city came in at 24 per 1,000 residents, a drop from 39.63 in last year’s ranking.
The state average for property crime was 29.1 incidents per 1,000 residents, a drop from 31.4 the previous year.
Making a jump all the way from number 55, Cave City is now ranked the safest city in Arkansas, according to the report.
Cave Springs unseated Greenbrier, which had been ranked the safest city in the state for two straight years.
This number-one city had only 33 total crimes reported during 2018, the statistical year used for the ranking.
To see the entire report visit https://www.safewise.com/state-of-safety/
According to safewise.com to identify the safest cities of 2020, a reviewed of 2018 FBI crime report statistics, the most recent complete report available at the time of ranking, was used, along with population data.
Cities that fell below identified populations thresholds — or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI — were excluded from the report.
Three states (Hawaii, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania) were also excluded from the rankings due to a large number of cities with incomplete crime reporting.
“Our rankings are based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).
“Both violent and property crime numbers were weighted equally. That means that a city with no violent crimes reported could end up lower on the list due to a higher property crime rate, and vice versa. We also standardized violent and property crime for each state before weighting.”
The only other Logan County city in the rankings was Paris which came in at 55th, up 22 spots from 2019. The north Logan city reported 9.2 violent crimes violent crimes per 1,000 residents, up from from 8.13 in 2019 and for a population of 3,443. Paris also reported 26 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Other surrounding cities and their ranking includes Dardanelle at number 33, Clarksville at 41, Waldron at 43, Mena at 45, Van Buren at 53, Alma at 65, and Fort Smith at 68.
Greenwood, which had the lowest property property crime rate at 3.9 per 1,000 residents, came in at number two, and the remainder of the top 10 was Gentry, Bella Vista, Pottsville, Austin, Elkins, Piggott, Violonia, and Lowell.
Arkansas’s violent crime rate is almost two percentage points higher than the national average, and Arkansas residents report more personal experience with violent crime than most of the country.
But residents aren’t more worried about their personal safety — especially in the state’s safest cities.
In the 2020 State of Safety report, 47 percent of Arkansas respondents said they are concerned about their safety every day. That’s one percent above both the national average this year and the state’s overall level of concern last year.
Although both violent crime and property crime declined statewide for the year Arkansas continues rank higher than national crime rates — 3.7 for violent crime and 22.0 for property crime —but things are trending in a favorable direction, according to the report.
According to the report Arkansas tied with Louisiana for the third-highest experience with violent crime in the nation.