B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$66,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$637
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Arkansas City Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    436
    0
  • Murder
    8
    0
  • Rape
    41
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    699
    1
  • Theft
    2,427
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    189
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$38,757
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    40%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%
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Arkansas City Reviews

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The public school system is excellent they work well with students and families. It is very family friendly and there isn't much violence here. The cost of living here is excellent it is very cheap to live in Arkcity. However, since it is such a family friendly town there isn't much night life since it is mostly families living here. There is next to none traffic which makes it easy and fast getting to and from work. The community is not environmentally conscience but is currently taking steps in that direction. The town overall is an excellent place to live if you have a family, but not quite so if you are young and wanting to party and go to clubs.
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Arkansas City is just an average town. Slowly over the past five years, it has begun expansion with the addition of new stores, restaurants, and local renovations. Unfortunately, there is a lack of activities for kids to do causing them to easily become mischievous and get into trouble. It would be a nice town for an older individual or couple looking for a quite place for retirement. The crime rate is extremely low, and everyone knows each other due to the fact it is such a small town that is very involved with their children's clubs and sports.
Although this city in number eight in the "Most Dangerous Cities in Kansas", it generally do not feel threatened while living here. According to the article, the chances of getting raped, attacked, or killed are "1 in 140" and are "getting much worse". However, aside from the Jodie Sanderholm case of 2007, I have heard of little to no cases being reported of rape or murder in my time of living here. In all honesty, the reported cases of rape will have a lot more to do with consensual sex under legal age, usually under the influence of alcohol, rather than the use of brute force.

I have no question in my mind when it come to the topic of assault. Being a small town, with not a whole lot of proper parental upbringing, the residents here simply do not understand how to control their temper, and this often leads to fights and even aggravated assault. However, through experience, if you keep your mind to your own business, there will be little to no problems with living here.