13 reviews
  1. Town in Arkansas
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Real Estate
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  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%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    508
    273
  • Murder
    21
    6
  • Rape
    63
    41
  • Robbery
    21
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    339
    525
  • Theft
    1,884
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    169
    263

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%

    Barling Reviews

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    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.
    There isn't a lot of traffic here in this small town. Drama is rare since everyone keeps to themselves. The cost of living is relatively low giving this town desirability especially being right next to Fort Smith.
    I would choose to live here again because I believe that it is a great place to raise your kids. I grew a lot and made some of the best friends you could ever find. The education is great because all of the teachers that I have ever had were geared to helping the children reach goals and preparing them for life after school.