These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Arkansas

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Arkansas have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Arkansas places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Bentonville, the happiest place in Arkansas.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Natural State”:

  1. Bentonville
  2. Bella Vista
  3. Maumelle
  4. Bryant
  5. Centerton
  6. White Hall
  7. Greenwood
  8. Lowell
  9. Hot Springs Village
  10. Mountain Home
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Natural State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 62 places in Arkansas with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 62 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Arkansas”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Arkansas ranked. Our apologies to East End which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,572People Who Own Their Home: 51.0%
Married Adults: 57.4%

2. Bella Vista

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,273People Who Own Their Home: 75.1%
Married Adults: 72.0%

3. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,565People Who Own Their Home: 70.8%
Married Adults: 59.0%

4. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,497People Who Own Their Home: 65.6%
Married Adults: 50.5%

5. Centerton


Population: 10,278 People Who Own Their Home: 62.0%
Married Adults: 53.9%

6. White Hall

White Hall, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,392People Who Own Their Home: 69.1%
Married Adults: 57.9%

7. Greenwood


Population: 9,222 People Who Own Their Home: 68.2%
Married Adults: 54.6%

8. Lowell

Lowell, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,756People Who Own Their Home: 54.2%
Married Adults: 58.2%

9. Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village - Happiest Arkansas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 13,510 People Who Own Their Home: 75.7%
Married Adults: 75.2%

10. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,338People Who Own Their Home: 54.5%
Married Adults: 49.8%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Arkansas

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Bentonville 1 38,572 51.0% 57.4%
Bella Vista 2 27,273 75.1% 72.0%
Maumelle 3 17,565 70.8% 59.0%
Bryant 4 18,497 65.6% 50.5%
Centerton 5 10,278 62.0% 53.9%
White Hall 6 5,392 69.1% 57.9%
Greenwood 7 9,222 68.2% 54.6%
Lowell 8 7,756 54.2% 58.2%
Hot Springs Village 9 13,510 75.7% 75.2%
Mountain Home 10 12,338 54.5% 49.8%
East End 11 6,917 74.4% 57.4%
Berryville 12 5,329 60.9% 52.6%
Cabot 13 24,768 64.7% 59.1%
Stuttgart 14 9,269 57.6% 48.9%
Sherwood 15 30,061 61.5% 51.6%
Farmington 16 6,208 61.0% 63.0%
Siloam Springs 17 15,614 48.5% 52.6%
Marion 18 12,354 65.4% 54.3%
Rogers 19 58,944 54.1% 55.0%
Benton 20 32,208 62.8% 50.2%
Batesville 21 10,386 56.3% 51.0%
Harrison 22 13,103 53.1% 48.8%
Van Buren 23 22,955 60.5% 54.6%
Searcy 24 23,524 48.2% 47.4%
Paragould 25 26,859 53.9% 50.8%
Clarksville 26 9,286 50.5% 44.8%
Alma 27 5,514 56.4% 59.0%
Mena 28 5,701 55.5% 41.7%
Crossett 29 5,389 48.8% 48.2%
Fort Smith 30 87,193 48.0% 46.0%
Texarkana 31 30,015 50.4% 42.8%
Little Rock 32 196,188 48.1% 40.7%
Jonesboro 33 70,217 48.7% 44.4%
Jacksonville 34 28,728 45.1% 42.8%
Pocahontas 35 6,543 57.2% 48.8%
De Queen 36 6,671 56.7% 53.2%
Conway 37 62,455 44.8% 41.1%
Russellville 38 28,581 47.2% 42.3%
Wynne 39 8,296 45.1% 46.2%
Springdale 40 73,789 46.3% 51.2%
Arkadelphia 41 10,703 39.7% 28.7%
Trumann 42 7,222 46.2% 49.9%
Warren 43 5,918 54.0% 43.5%
Magnolia 44 11,681 44.4% 39.2%
Blytheville 45 15,251 42.8% 40.4%
El Dorado 46 18,590 47.8% 41.9%
North Little Rock 47 64,731 46.2% 39.9%
Heber Springs 48 7,177 53.0% 48.6%
Fayetteville 49 77,264 37.1% 37.4%
Hope 50 10,033 45.5% 43.2%
Morrilton 51 6,764 50.7% 37.2%
Osceola 52 7,535 38.7% 43.0%
Pine Bluff 53 47,058 47.2% 33.1%
Camden 54 11,861 47.9% 39.7%
Beebe 55 7,688 47.7% 42.5%
Malvern 56 10,695 43.8% 35.6%
Newport 57 7,817 40.0% 28.1%
Hot Springs 58 35,486 42.6% 41.0%
West Memphis 59 25,767 40.0% 34.1%
Forrest City 60 15,122 38.8% 29.3%
Monticello 61 9,718 39.3% 42.0%
Helena-West Helena 62 11,795 33.6% 28.0%