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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$89,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$858
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Barling Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    508
    0
  • Murder
    21
    0
  • Rape
    63
    41
  • Robbery
    21
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    339
    1
  • Theft
    1,884
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    169
    0

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,491
National
$53,889
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    1%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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Barling Reviews

15 reviews
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Barling is a beautiful, small town. It is right by Fort Smith, the second largest city in the state of Arkansas. We love our community and are very close knit. I love living here and would recommend it to anyone wanting a small, loving community.
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It is a nice small town that feels very safe and a place where you can trust your neighbors. There is not much night life in this small town but in the next town over, Fort Smith, there are a lot more options open to you for night activities.
It is possible, in fact, it's probable, you'll be bored here on occasion. It's still a great place to raise a family. We are friendly, caring people who will go out of our way to give a stranger a hand. Our social structure seems to mainly center around churches and ballparks so you will be better connected if you're involved in both things. Our schools are solid and traditional and so are our values.