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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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  • PopMom
    July 9, 2018 at 8:39 p.m.

    LRCrook Attorney,

    The best places in America are the ones that have the best schools. That's it. It doesn't have to do with color; it has to do with good schools. The blue Democratic states have the best economies. Nobody wants to live in Harrison.

  • abb
    July 9, 2018 at 8:49 p.m.

    But PopMom....Harrison has the best schools! Valley Springs and Harrison are in the top 5 % of the state across all metrics. Plus they have LOTS of guns and churches......Yeah, I would live there!

  • PopMom
    July 9, 2018 at 8:56 p.m.


    Guns, churches, and racism. Well, if you don't have a problem with all of the whites burning down the homes of blacks etc. If you want a career in selling cars to other white supremacists or writing a column for the ADG, Harrison is the perfect place to live. If you are a decent human being and want to see the world, you might want to live some place else.

  • HarleyOwner
    July 9, 2018 at 8:59 p.m.

    Little Rock is just 19th?? It should be higher than that.

  • Delta2
    July 9, 2018 at 9:13 p.m.

    Can't say I'd want to live in either LR or FS. Of course, it could be worse...Mountain Home, Benton, Searcy, or Harrison, and that's in descending order.

  • Packman
    July 9, 2018 at 9:23 p.m.

    Hey PopSnob - Once again you out yourself as the biggest bigot on thIs forum. Harrison has some of the best schools in the state. If you truly believe good schools make good communities you would NEVER disparage Harrison. But you do because you're an elitist snob. Oh yea, and a bigot. A bigot of unparalleled proportion.
    Two zip codes in LR account for almost 90% of violent crime. Pretty much the same can be said for the 10 cities with the highest violent crime numbers. America doesn't have a violent crime problem. America has an INNER CITY violent crime problem.
    Would be interesting to see how these numbers match up with baby mommas per capita.

  • abb
    July 9, 2018 at 9:55 p.m.

    PotMom: Ive lived in 12 different countries and 5 different states in the military. Trust me, I've seen it all. We are the best country on the planet as long as we revere and follow the Constitution.....but you libtards have gone full never go full Commie. Put down the bong and Chardonney, please. Just #Walkaway. BTW tell MSG Bill hi for me.

  • mozarky2
    July 9, 2018 at 10:11 p.m.

    DoublyDumb, I thank God every day for what the Waltons are doing for poor kids all over this state, including the Schiffhole that is Little Rock. To think that you, and several other of your "prog" brethren on this forum would continue to throw money at the failed LRSD at the expense of the poor kids in those wonderful charters.
    Tell you what DD-walk up to the car line at one of LR's successful charter schools and tell some of those black moms that their children shouldn't be allowed to attend there and that you're going to force them back into a publik skool. I triple-dog dare ya!
    The response won't be nearly as polite as Sarah Huckabee Sanders' at the Red Hen.
    Please let me know when you plan to do it. I'll bring my video camera for all the world to see in glorious 4K. It picks up red brilliantly.

    July 9, 2018 at 11:08 p.m.

    "Chardonney?" (sic)

    Why are they always so illiterate?

    Lead paint chips? Oxygen deprivation at birth? Inbreeding?

  • mozarky2
    July 10, 2018 at 1:07 a.m.

    ARMNAR, what physical infirmity led you to predict a landslide for Hillary?
    Chardonney? Lead paint chips?
    My guess, in your case, is inbreeding.
    Read some of your posts sometimes, AR. Or at least have the sense to ask some of your more educated friends to critique them for you.
    Do you realize, that, as deranged as some of your fellow "progs" are, you are an embarrassment to them?
    Just in case you think I give a Schiff, I'm encouraging you to keep up the good work!
    I don't believe for one second that they are as inbred as you...