Alma 61 Average
Alma Livability #199 ranked city in Arkansas#16,537 ranked city in the USARanks better than 43% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Alma

  • Cost Of Living

    The overall cost of living in this area is much lower than average. This includes everyday goods and services, as well as housing, utilities and health care.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Commute

    Public transportation is not readily available in this area and the average commute time to work could also be longer than the national average.

  • Employment

    A low score in the employment category could indicate that this area struggles with high unemployment rates and low household income and income per capita levels.

  • Health & Safety

    Poor air quality and the inaccessibility of certain health related facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors and pharmacies could have all contributed to the low score in this category.

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What's it like Living in Alma?

Located in the state of Arkansas, Alma is a small-sized city with a population of 5,816 residents. According to the most recent Census, 84% of Alma residents are White, 5% American Indian and Alaskan and 3% Black. Alma tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 28 is far below the national average. If you prefer shorter commutes, living in Alma will be a delight. With an average one-way commute time of just 20 minutes, traveling to and from work is notably more convenient than the national average, which stands at 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Alma could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Arkansas if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, health & safety, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Alma and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Alma to Arkansas and the national average.

The livability score in Alma is 54 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 21st percentile of all cities across America. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. There are nine total categories that create the livability score. Alma scores well for cost of living (A+) On a more negative note, Alma does not have favorable scores for the following: amenities (F), crime (F), education (F) and employment (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in Alma is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Alma come in at $145,600, which is 26.9% higher than the Arkansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Alma, the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 51.9% higher than the Arkansas average.

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      Alma transportation information

      Statistic Alma Arkansas National
      Average one way commute20min22min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.3%82.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.7%10.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.5%1.7%2.8%
      Working from home0.6%3.2%4.6%
      Source: The Alma, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).