Is Little Rock, Arkansas Safe? Everything You Need To Know (Stats, Graphs And Maps)


is little rock arkansas safe

If you are thinking about visiting Little Rock and have some qualms about the safety of the city, we got you covered.

We are going to deep dive into the statistics, look at some maps, graphs and talk to the residents of the city to give you a better understanding of how safe Little Rock really is.

Is Little Rock, Arkansas Safe To Visit?

Statistically speaking, Little Rock is not a safe place to visit. It is the 4th most dangerous city in the United States. In 2020, Little Rock had a violent crime rate of 1805.11 per 100,000 people and is on par with cities like Detroit, St. Louis and Memphis.

Little Rock, Arkansas Crime Stats

Here’s a breakdown of all the crimes in the city for 2020 compared to 2019:

2019

2020

Percent Change

Homicide

36

49

36%

Rape

214

196

-8%

Robbery

393

376

-4%

Aggravated Assault

2,384

3,036

27%

Burglary

1,766

1,527

-14%

Larceny/Theft

9,346

7,062

-24%

Motor Vehicle Theft

1,070

1,013

-5%

Arson

46

70

52%

TOTALS

15,255

13,329

-13%

**All data is from the FBI Crime Data Explorer**

Little Rock’s Violent Crime Stats

In 2020 Little Rock reported 3657 violent crimes and had a violent crime rate of 1805.11 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for violent crime is 398.5 per 100,000 residents. Little Rock’s violent crime rate is 4.5x greater than the national average.
  • Little Rock’s violent crime rate is 2.7x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year violent crime has increased by 21%.

Here’s a map showing you how violent crime has trended in Little Rock over a 30 year period.

  • Violent crime peaked in 1993 when there were 5887 violent crimes reported and the city had a violent crime rate of roughly 3,307.30 per 100,000 people.
  • Violent crime has decreased 38% from it’s 30-year high in 1993.

violent crimes in little rock arkansas graph

*Violent crimes include; homicides, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults and the violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Little Rock’s Property Crime Stats

In 2020 Little Rock reported 9602 property crimes and had a property crime rate of 4,739.60 per 100,000 people.

  • The national average for property crime is 1958.2 per 100,000 residents. Little Rock’s property crime rate is 2.4x greater than the national average.
  • Little Rock’s property crime rate is 1.8x greater than the state average.
  • Year over year property crime in Little Rock has decreased by 27%.
  • Little Rock has a similar property criproperty crimes in little rock arkansas graphme rate to Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

Here’s a map showing you how property crime has trended in Little Rock over a 30 year period.

  • Property crime peaked in 1991 when there were 23,409 property crimes reported and the city had a property crime rate of roughly 13,151.12 per 100,000 people.
  • Property crime has decreased over 59% from it’s 30-year high in 1991.
  • Property crime is at its lowest level in over 30 years.

 

*Property crimes include; burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson and property crime rate is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

Little Rock’s Murder Stats

In 2020, Little Rock reported 49 homicide and had a homicide rate of 24.19 per 100,000 people.

  • Little Rock’s murder rate is 3.7x greater than the national average.
  • Little Rock’s murder rate is 2.3x greater than the state average.
  • In 2019, Little Rock reported 36 homicides, which is a 36% increase.
  • Little Rock has a similar homicide rate to cities like Washington DC, Chicago and Philadelphia.
  • As of December 30, 2021 there have been 64 homicides reported.

Here’s a map showing you the locations of all the murders in the city of Little Rock from 01/01/2021 – 01/01/2022

little rock arkansas murder map

Little Rock vs The Rest Of Florida

Here’s a graph showing you the violent crime rates of the 10 most populous cities in Arkansas. Little Rock’s violent crime rate ranked 2nd highest behind Pine Bluff.

violent crime rates of cities in arkansas

Population 

Violent Crime Rates

Pine Bluff

41,253

1808.35

Little Rock

202,591

1805.11

Fort Smith

89,142

1156.58

North Little Rock

64,591

1029.56

Jonesboro

78,576

817.04

Conway

64,134

559.77

Fayetteville

93,949

550.30

Springdale

84,161

426.56

Rogers

69,908

391.94

Bentonville

54,164

337.86

Little Rock, Arkansas vs The Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

Here’s a list of the top 18 most dangerous cities in the United States ranked by violent crime rates. Little Rock’s violent crime rate ranks 4th highest.

little rock vs most dangerous cities in the us

City

Number of violent crimes in 2020

Violent Crime Rate

Memphis

15,310

2,418.24

Detroit

14,370

2,248.44

St. Louis

6,017

1,995.17

Little Rock

3,657

1,805.11

South Bend

1,765

1,706.09

Cleveland

6,294

1,689.10

Milwaukee

9,407

1,629.70

Birmingham

3,166

1,577.22

Kansas City

7,919

1,558.58

Lansing

1,699

1,508.29

Springfield

2,545

1,504.35

Baltimore

8,552

1,404.20

San Bernardino

3,033

1,365.59

New Orleans

5,215

1,358.08

Albuquerque

7,552

1,337.68

Oakland

5,653

1,282.89

Stockton

4,023

1,254.04

Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Little Rock, Arkansas

most dangerous neighborhoods in little rock arkansas

  • South of I-630
  • Geyer Springs
  • Boyle Park
  • South of I 630 to Cedar, Mara Lynn Road, Boyle Park, West 25th
  • Roosevelt
  • Asher
  • 12th and Pine
  • Battery
  • Martin Luther King
  • Baseline

Safest Neighborhoods in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Heights
  • Hillcrest
  • Park Hill
  • Soma

Is Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas Safe?

is downtown little rock safe

Downtown Little Rock is generally a safe area to visit and wander around during the day time.

At night you want to stick to the SoMa and River Market area and avoid straying away too far from those areas.

What do residents of Little Rock say about it’s safety?

  1. "Little Rock has a crime problem, but much of it is localized and in places a tourist would not want to go."
  2. "Here’s a good rule of thumb for Little Rock, don’t go south of I-630 at night."
  3. "Avoid south Little Rock and eastern Little Rock, just over the I30 bridge. Those areas are sketchy."
  4. "Numbers don’t lie. However, I don’t feel unsafe in this town."
  5. "Generally north of 630 is good. West of 430 is also pretty safe. South of 630 is not very safe."
  6. "I don’t think Little Rock is safe. Crime seems to be everywhere. I lived in West Little Rock for a couple years. I’ve been mugged personally and multiple friends have been robbed at gunpoint."
  7. "I know people love this city, but I don’t even really feel at safe going anywhere at night, or anywhere unfamiliar in Little Rock."
  8. "The farther north and west you can get in Little Rock the safer you will be."
  9. "West Little Rock, north of Chenal is the safest part of the city."
  10. "Little Rock is like any other city. There are places you shouldn’t venture out to at night. It’s not like the Bangin’ In The Rock days anymore."
  11. "Avoid going south of 630. North of 630 Is generally good, but there are some bad pockets."
  12. "South of 630 is bad, but it gets better the closer you get to downtown."
  13. "This Judgemental Map of Little Rock is accurate."
  14. "I’ve lived in Little Rock for more than 5 decades and never had any real problems. I know the statistics speak differently but most of the crime is concentrated certain parts of the city and is relegated l to people who are involved in illicit activities."

Is Little Rock safe for women?

While there are no guarantees, Little Rock is generally safe for female solo travelers IF you learn the layout of the city, avoid problem areas, stay in well lit/well populated areas and avoid walking by yourself at night.

Is it safe to walk around Little Rock, Arkansas?

Little Rock is safe to walk around during the daytime, however we recommend that you avoid walking around in the dangerous neighborhoods mentioned above altogether.

At night the situations changes and Little Rock is not particularly safe. If you stick to Downtown (River Market area), SoMa, Heights, Park Hill and Hillcrest and follow the safety tips posted below, you should be able to mitigate your chances of being a victim.

Is Little Rock’s tap water safe to drink?

The tap water in Little Rock, Arkansas is generally safe to drink.

While the tap water in Little Rock meets the EPA health guidelines, it can still contain contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run.

If you have any concerns about the tap water in Little Rock, we suggest that you use bottle water for your drinking needs.

Tips to stay safe while visiting Little Rock, Arkansas

  • Do your research BEFORE you visit. Research the areas you want to stay and visit and see if those areas are high crime areas.
  • Know where you’re going and at what time. Some areas of Little Rock you can visit during the day time with no problems, but at night time that changes.
  • Don’t keep valuables in your car or in plain sight in your car.
  • Don’t walk alone by yourself at night. Get an Uber or Lyft.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t walk down the street scrolling through your phone and have your headphones glued into your ears.
  • Stay in well populated and well lit areas at night. Avoid going down alleys or desolate streets.
  • Travel in groups at night, especially if you’ve been drinking.
  • Be smart about where you’re parking, especially if you’re going to be leaving late.
  • Don’t drink in excess and be careful drinking on your own or with people you don’t know.
  • Trust your instincts and your gut feeling. If you don’t feel safe, if something feels wrong, don’t do it, don’t go, remove yourself from the situation.

A Few Things You Should Do While Visiting Little Rock According To Locals

Quick Facts About Little Rock, Arkansas

Fact

Little Rock, Arkansas

United States

Population, Census, April 1, 2020

202,591

331,449,281

Population, Census, April 1, 2010

193,524

308,745,538

Black or African American alone, percent

42.0%

13.4%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent

0.3%

1.3%

Asian alone, percent

3.3%

5.9%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent

0.1%

0.2%

Two or More Races, percent

2.3%

2.8%

Hispanic or Latino, percent

7.4%

18.5%

White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent

45.1%

60.1%

Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019

7.7%

13.6%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019

$167,600.00

$217,500.00

Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019

$1,325.00

$1,595.00

Median gross rent, 2015-2019

$872.00

$1,062.00

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

91.3%

88.0%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

41.8%

32.1%

In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019

65.7%

63.0%

In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019

62.2%

58.3%

Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$51,485.00

$62,843.00

Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$35,966.00

$34,103.00

Persons in poverty, percent

16.6%

11.4%

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