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story.lead_photo.caption 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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  • GeneralMac
    July 9, 2018 at 5:05 p.m.


    Democratic mayors
    high percentage of Blacks
    sky high crime

    Sums up the 20 worst places.

  • abb
    July 9, 2018 at 5:14 p.m.

    Janis (JKM47) No thanks. Love Central AR. BTW how are things in Mablevale?

  • abb
    July 9, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

    itryed: Sorry Detroit is too cold and full of libtards.

  • LRCrookAtty
    July 9, 2018 at 5:20 p.m.

    Armedidiot..."You want a safer city, abb? Vote for people who will improve schools for ALL children...not just the privileged."
    WTH are you talking about? It was the advent of the public education that began the downfall of intelligence in the US. That and W's "no child left behind" legislation has destroyed schools. In the 10th grade, get the students not meeting state minimums into a trade program, instead of dumbing down education to meet their needs and not making them "feel" bad. Teaching Calculus and higher level of math, I have had entire classes that should fail, but because the students will not get more gov't loans to hand money over to the University, professors are forced to pass a certain percentage of their class.

  • LRCrookAtty
    July 9, 2018 at 5:26 p.m.

    JKM..."... you could just move (but then that would leave two less red dots..."
    It would also drop the education level, part of the reason that Fort Smith was rated so low, in the area too. We need more educated people in Arkansas and we cannot do that when you have to dumb down the classes to the lowest achieving child in the class. We tried to get a program back in the mid 90s that would allow students to be ready for a college education, but could never get it instituted. Students that graduate from an Arkansas public school cannot take calculus in their first semester, because they only need general math and algebra to graduate. Get rid of the family values and other ridiculous requirements and teach science, math and English (writing).

  • NoUserName
    July 9, 2018 at 6:12 p.m.

    boxer - "when did our state legislators start running your local school ?"
    2014 I think. Fact remains that for all the money spent on schools, it hasn't done much good. The problem starts at home. That's harder to fix, unfortunately, so we try by throwing money at the schools in the hope that it eventually works.

  • LR1955
    July 9, 2018 at 6:17 p.m.

    ” In the 10th grade, get the students not meeting state minimums into a trade program”
    Trade programs like what? General labor maybe. Most trades workers I’ve known (carpenters, electricians, plumbers) are pretty smart people and the programs they went through are not so easy.

    And oboxer....state government has been running the LRSD for a couple of years. Not a local voted on school board. Not suppose to be political but it is.

  • RBear
    July 9, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.

    abb shows how illiterate the Trump demographic really is. Move to where fake lives. Then you can all go to McDonald's for coffee and he'll finally have a friend.

  • Foghorn
    July 9, 2018 at 6:55 p.m.

    Waltons ‘run’ LR public schools. More to the point, Walton operatives are managing and MANDATING the death of LR public schools. They are receiving palliative care at best and will never recover. If any show signs of life, the Waltons’ death nurses will place a pillow over them and snuff them out. Luckily for the Waltons, few maintain a pulse unaided.

  • LRCrookAtty
    July 9, 2018 at 7:06 p.m.

    LR1955...You are insane. I have worked in the trucking industry (as a driver), I was an electrician for a while, and did some plumbers assistant work while still in high school. If you can walk and chew gum you can do the job. It does not require one to be smart to do these jobs. Just because you know some smart people that do those jobs does not make it difficult. I have known many intelligent people that chose trade school or labor positions, because it was the easier path, not because it was easy. I can guarantee you, if the 10th grader cannot learn to wire a house, or unplug a stopped sink then he/she should not be in college or University. There in lies the problem, our society has convinced everyone that they should (or are entitled to) get a college education. Welders make great money and it takes 7 months to get certified and it definitely doesn't take a rocket scientist. Then if they show a little bit of knowledge, let them go to nursing school. I know plenty of idiots and smart people that have gone to a short two year nursing program and make a lot of money.