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USA Today ranks Little Rock, Fort Smith among worst cities to live in the U.S.

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published July 9, 2018 at 2:56 p.m. Updated July 10, 2018 at 5:30 a.m.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR. - A jogger crosses the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge in Little Rock Wednesday, May 16, braving warm temperatures that reached into the 90s in central Arkansas.


USA Today has ranked two Arkansas cities as being among the worst to live in the U.S.

Sitting at No. 19, Little Rock is just above Gary, Ind., and below No. 20 Compton, Calif., according to the newspaper’s latest quality-of-life rankings. Fort Smith is No. 50, just above Salt Lake City.

“One of the most dangerous cities in the country, Little Rock’s violent crime rate of 1,533 incidents per 100,000 residents is nearly quadruple the national violent crime rate of 386 per 100,000,” USA Today said.

Such a crime rate "may discourage some from relocating or starting a family in the city," the ranking states.

In its analysis of Fort Smith, USA Today cited that only 20 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree. Other determining factors were said to be economic opportunity, crime and public health.

The worst city to live in the nation, according to the newspaper: Detroit, Mich.

Among the factors considered in the ranking are affordability, safety, job market strength, quality of education, infrastructure and presence of cultural attractions.

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abb says... July 9, 2018 at 3:09 p.m.

Thank you LBJ, "hug a thug" liberal attorneys and judges, feckless politicians, corrupt politicians, teachers unions, and other liberal failures. Mr Abb and I are considering taking the Enhanced CHCL gun license due to the spread of crime and recidivism of violent criminals in our midst.

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ARMNAR says... July 9, 2018 at 4:04 p.m.

LOL@abb

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ARMNAR says... July 9, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

You want a safer city, abb? Vote for people who will improve schools for ALL children...not just the privileged.

Hint: Those people are probably not Republicans. Sorry.

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DoubleBlind says... July 9, 2018 at 4:05 p.m.

Because the answer to everything is more guns.

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0boxerssuddenlinknet says... July 9, 2018 at 4:32 p.m.

Armnar I thought it was the taxpayer that funded local schools and who voted for their school board members who should be nonpolitical. when did our state legislators start running your local school ?

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JKM47 says... July 9, 2018 at 4:52 p.m.

OR (presumably "Ms. Abb") . . . you could just move (but then that would leave two less red dots in the city!).

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workerman says... July 9, 2018 at 4:52 p.m.

Compton Calif. checks in at a more desirable ranking. That is sobering.

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itryed says... July 9, 2018 at 4:56 p.m.

Abb, move to Detroit

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GeneralMac says... July 9, 2018 at 4:59 p.m.

Ranked 19th between Gary Indiana and Compton California.

The Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and poster RBear have their work cut out trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

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MaxCady says... July 9, 2018 at 5:02 p.m.

Holy smokes!! Little Rock is turning into Little Beirut!! It boils down to socio-economic class disparity. More poverty, more crime.

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