Best counties to raise a family in Arkansas

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June 3, 2021
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Best counties to raise a family in Arkansas

Known in other parts of the world as shires, provinces, or territories, the United States’ counties (also known in certain states as boroughs or parishes) date back to the 1600s, when settlers first came to find freedom from British rule. Today, those counties remain, with the 50 states divided into several, each with its own unique makeup.

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Arkansas using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation and weather.

The list features counties that boast some of the top schools and fun, family-friendly activities for every season. Keep reading to explore the best counties to raise a family. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your brood.

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#24. Miller County

- Population: 43,572
- Median home value: $109,100 (65% own)
- Median rent: $737 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $43,371
- Top public schools: Genoa Central Elementary School (A-), Gary E. Cobb Middle School (B+), Edward D. Trice Elementary School (B)
- Top private schools: Trinity Christian School (B+)
- Top places to live: Texarkana (B), Garland Township (B+), Cleveland Township (B-)
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#23. Clark County

- Population: 22,386
- Median home value: $111,600 (58% own)
- Median rent: $606 (42% rent)
- Median household income: $41,620
- Top public schools: Arkadelphia High School (B), Goza Middle School (B-), Peake Elementary School (C+)
- Top private schools: Clark County Christian Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Arkadelphia (B+), Gum Springs (A-), Caddo Township (B+)
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#22. Garland County

- Population: 98,555
- Median home value: $139,900 (68% own)
- Median rent: $771 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $44,777
- Top public schools: Lakeside Intermediate School (A), Lakeside High School (A), Lakeside Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Christian Ministries Academy (B-), Gospel Light Christian School (A), St. John Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Hot Springs (B+), Piney (B-), Rockwell (B-)
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#21. Arkansas County

- Population: 17,914
- Median home value: $88,600 (65% own)
- Median rent: $648 (35% rent)
- Median household income: $46,696
- Top public schools: Gillett Elementary School (A-), Dewitt Middle School (B), Stuttgart High School (B-)
- Top private schools: Grand Prairie Evangelical Methodist School (B), St. John's Lutheran School (unavailable), Holy Rosary Catholic School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: DeWitt (B), Stuttgart (B), Henton Township (B)
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#20. Cross County

- Population: 16,824
- Median home value: $86,100 (67% own)
- Median rent: $711 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $46,787
- Top public schools: Cross County Elementary Tech Academy (B+), Wynne Intermediate School (B), Wynne High School (B)
- Top private schools: Caldwell Christian Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Wynne (B-), Wynne Township (B), Searcy Township (B)
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#19. Boone County

- Population: 37,331
- Median home value: $124,300 (72% own)
- Median rent: $636 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $45,374
- Top public schools: Valley Springs Middle School (A), Valley Springs Elementary School (A), Harrison Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Hillcrest Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Harrison (B), Prairie Township (B+), Bellefonte Township (B+)
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#18. Polk County

- Population: 20,094
- Median home value: $99,300 (77% own)
- Median rent: $639 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $37,974
- Top public schools: Holly Harshman Elementary School (B), Mena Middle School (B), Wickes Elementary School (B)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: Mena (B-), Ozark Township (B), Potter Township (B)
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#17. Yell County

- Population: 21,464
- Median home value: $109,400 (71% own)
- Median rent: $573 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $43,923
- Top public schools: Dardanelle Primary School (A-), Dardanelle Elementary School (A-), Dardanelle High School (B+)
- Top private schools: Ola Christian Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Dardanelle (B), Danville (A-), Danville Township (A-)
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#16. Howard County

- Population: 13,311
- Median home value: $95,900 (69% own)
- Median rent: $601 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $36,059
- Top public schools: Nashville Primary School (B+), Nashville Elementary School (B), Nashville High School (B)
- Top private schools: Nashville Christian Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Nashville (B-), Center Point Township (B), Dierks (B)
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#15. Mississippi County

- Population: 42,126
- Median home value: $84,500 (56% own)
- Median rent: $632 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $39,962
- Top public schools: Armorel Elementary School (A), Manila Middle School (B+), Armorel High School (B)
- Top private schools: The Delta School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Manila (B), Gosnell (B), Blytheville (B-)
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#14. Carroll County

- Population: 27,965
- Median home value: $136,900 (76% own)
- Median rent: $610 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $46,110
- Top public schools: Eureka Springs Middle School (B+), Eureka Springs High School (B), Berryville High School (B)
- Top private schools: The Academy of Excellence (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Berryville (B), Green Forest (B-), Cross Township (A)
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#13. Crawford County

- Population: 62,739
- Median home value: $115,200 (76% own)
- Median rent: $701 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $46,828
- Top public schools: City Heights Elementary School (A-), Northridge Middle School (B+), Alma Middle School (B+)
- Top private schools: Van Buren Christian Academy (A-)
- Top places to live: Van Buren (B+), Alma (B-), Van Buren Township (B+)
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#12. White County

- Population: 78,762
- Median home value: $120,100 (66% own)
- Median rent: $702 (34% rent)
- Median household income: $44,029
- Top public schools: Ahlf Junior High School (A-), Southwest Middle School (A-), Westside Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: Harding Academy (B+), Crosspointe Preparatory (unavailable), Liberty Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Searcy (A-), Beebe (B), Bald Knob (C+)
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#11. Union County

- Population: 39,449
- Median home value: $86,500 (75% own)
- Median rent: $674 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $44,663
- Top public schools: Norphlet Elementary School (A), Hugh Goodwin Elementary School (A-), Parkers Chapel Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: West Side Christian School (B+)
- Top places to live: El Dorado (B+), El Dorado Township (A-), Boone Township (B+)
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#10. Pope County

- Population: 63,761
- Median home value: $126,400 (69% own)
- Median rent: $681 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $43,462
- Top public schools: Sequoyah Elementary School (A), Pottsville Middle Grade (A), Pottsville Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Valley Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Russellville (A-), Pottsville (B), Gum Log Township (A-)
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#9. Lonoke County

- Population: 72,528
- Median home value: $142,500 (69% own)
- Median rent: $796 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $59,094
- Top public schools: Cabot Junior High North (A-), Cabot Middle School North (A-), Mountain Springs Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: New Horizon Academy (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Cabot (A-), Austin (B+), Ward (B)
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#8. Pulaski County

- Population: 392,967
- Median home value: $157,200 (59% own)
- Median rent: $861 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $51,749
- Top public schools: Maumelle Charter Elementary School (A), Central High School (A), LISA Academy West Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Pulaski Academy (A+), The Episcopal Collegiate School (A+), Little Rock Christian Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Hillcrest (A+), Capital View/Stiff (A+), Rock Creek (A+)
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#7. Craighead County

- Population: 107,345
- Median home value: $140,700 (57% own)
- Median rent: $757 (43% rent)
- Median household income: $47,286
- Top public schools: Valley View Elementary School (A), Valley View Junior High School (A), Valley View Intermediate School (A)
- Top private schools: Ridgefield Christian School (A-), Montessori School of Jonesboro (unavailable), Blessed Sacrament School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Jonesboro (A-), Brookland (B+), Gilkerson Township (A+)
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#6. Saline County

- Population: 119,415
- Median home value: $156,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $847 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $64,412
- Top public schools: Bethel Middle School (A), Collegeville Elementary School (A), Springhill Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Arkansas Christian Academy (C), Avilla Christian Academy (C), Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Bryant (A), Alexander (A-), Shannon Hills (A-)
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#5. Sevier County

- Population: 17,081
- Median home value: $84,300 (71% own)
- Median rent: $581 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $47,704
- Top public schools: Dequeen Middle School (A-), Dequeen Elementary School (A-), Dequeen Junior High School (B+)
- Top private schools:
- Top places to live: De Queen (B+), Bear Creek Township (B+), Monroe Township (B+)
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#4. Faulkner County

- Population: 123,624
- Median home value: $161,500 (62% own)
- Median rent: $826 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $52,827
- Top public schools: Greenbrier Wooster Elementary School (A), Greenbrier Springhill Elementary School (A), Greenbrier Westside Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Conway Christian School (A-), St. Joseph School (B+), Childcare Network Conway Highway 365 (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Conway (A), Greenbrier (B+), Mayflower (B)
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#3. Washington County

- Population: 232,289
- Median home value: $173,400 (53% own)
- Median rent: $794 (47% rent)
- Median household income: $50,451
- Top public schools: Haas Hall Academy (A+), Haas Hall Academy Bentonville (A+), Fayetteville High School (A)
- Top private schools: Shiloh Christian School (A-), Fayetteville Christian School (A-), Prism Education Center (A)
- Top places to live: Johnson (A+), Fayetteville (A), Elm Springs (A)
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#2. Sebastian County

- Population: 127,591
- Median home value: $123,100 (59% own)
- Median rent: $696 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $46,228
- Top public schools: L.A. Chaffin Junior High School (A), Westwood Elementary School (A), Greenwood Junior High School (A)
- Top private schools: Union Christian Academy (A-), Christ the King Catholic School (unavailable), Immaculate Conception Elementary School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Greenwood (A), Fort Smith (A-), Barling (B+)
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#1. Benton County

- Population: 265,759
- Median home value: $183,400 (67% own)
- Median rent: $903 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $66,362
- Top public schools: Fulbright Junior High School (A+), Bentonville High School (A+), Bentonville West High School (A)
- Top private schools: Providence Classical Christian Academy (A), Life Way Christian School (A-), Ozark Adventist Academy (B+)
- Top places to live: Cave Springs (A+), Bentonville (A+), Centerton (A)

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