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A+ Jonesboro Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Jonesboro Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Arkansas
8515% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Jonesboro cost of living
F Jonesboro Crime Total crime is 27% higher than Arkansas
Total crime
4,62568% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2268% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
2%Year over year crime is up
Jonesboro crime
D Jonesboro Employment Household income is 1% higher than Arkansas
Median household income
$42,73223% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,77917% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Jonesboro employment
F Jonesboro Housing Home value is 24% higher than Arkansas
Median home value
$141,90023% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70626% lower than the US average
Home ownership
54%16% lower than the US average
Jonesboro real estate or Jonesboro rentals
F Jonesboro Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Jonesboro K-12 schools or Jonesboro colleges

Living in Jonesboro, AR

Jonesboro is a mid-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. The city has a population of 72,638 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 74% of Jonesboro residents are White, 19% Black and 2% Asian. Jonesboro could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 32 years old is below the nation’s average.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Jonesboro could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Arkansas if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Jonesboro, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, housing and more.

With a livability score of 65 out of 100, Jonesboro is ranked #18,194 in the United States and #162 in Arkansas. Based on the grades for each individual category, Jonesboro has received high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). There are some categories that Jonesboro scores poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Jonesboro on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Jonesboro real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Jonesboro. Median real estate prices in Jonesboro come in at $141,900, which is 23.7% higher than the Arkansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Jonesboro, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 22.2% higher than the Arkansas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Jonesboro area were 2.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3%.

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Less Cost of Living

Living cost is less in Jonesboro Ar. Wages compared to cost of living, I can save bit.Best of lands like farmlands, owns food processing industries. So nice getting quality food at less price.Thanks,Nathan,J&B Movers Jonesboro AR
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People likes moving to Jonesboro.

Why everyone scared of moving to jonesboro? Jonesboro is good enough living place for family. There are many now moving to jonesboro and lot of moving companies are doing services over there. Its natural like every place. Some good and bad is there at all places.
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NO. Don't move here ever. The previous review was a lie!

I have no idea what the previous person was talking about. I had to make a profile just so I could set the truth free. This place is awful. There is nothing here but restaurants. We have little to no crime, subpar schools (filled with teacher who could care less about their students), shopping is alright, but nothing else. If you're bored on a Friday night and want to do something, you better have a movie you wanted to see or risk going bowling. That's it. Nothing else to do here. The Electric Cowboy as mentioned above closed down and I've never even heard of the other one and I've lived here my whole life. Everything that opens here closes down within a year. I've visited every other state except for Alaska and Hawaii and let me tell you, this has got to be the worst place I've ever been in my whole life. DO NOT MOVE TO JONESBORO!!!!!
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Jonesboro, AR - No Better Place

I lived in Jonesboro, AR for my whole life, and there is no place that I would rather live. This city has all of the benefits of a larger metropolitan area, but there are none of the crime issues that plague the biggest cities. There is also a palpable sense of community. The small town feel is one of my favorite things about Jonesboro. There is a true sense of Southern hospitality. Friendly people are found all over the city and are happy to help their neighbors. There are also numerous opportunities for entertainment and shopping. Small nightclubs host some of the greatest musicians and entertainers on a regular basis.

The clubs in the city are some of my favorite. I enjoy heading to the Sideline Bar and Grill or to the Electric Cowboy when I want to enjoy an evening on the town. Restaurants are also available, and I like to dine at Demo's Barbecue and Smokehouse when I want to enjoy the best Southern Barbecue. The Dragon City Chinese Restaurant is another great place to enjoy dinner, and they offer a taste of the finest Asian cuisine.

One of the only negative things that I would say about Jonesboro is that there are not the opportunities for shopping that are found in other major cities. We do have a number of malls and independent retailers, but I usually prefer to do my shopping on the Internet, as there is a larger selection of clothes and housewares.

On the whole, I would say that Jonesboro, Arkansas is a great place to live. We may not have the exciting night life that is found in New York or Los Angeles, but there is a sense of community in Jonesboro that is notably absent in these cities.
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Source: The Jonesboro, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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