Population: 23,969Median home value: $140,300 64 Ranks better than 34% of areas

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A- Searcy Amenities Some amenities close to this location
A Searcy Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Arkansas
8119% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Searcy cost of living
F Searcy Crime Total crime is 4% lower than Arkansas
Total crime
3,47727% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2927% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Searcy crime
D+ Searcy Employment Household income is 7% lower than Arkansas
Median household income
$39,31329% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,32825% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%42% lower than the US average
Searcy employment
F Searcy Housing Home value is 22% higher than Arkansas
Median home value
$140,30024% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$65731% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%18% lower than the US average
Searcy real estate or Searcy rentals
F Searcy Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
34%31% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:13% higher than the US average
Searcy K-12 schools or Searcy colleges

Living in Searcy, AR

Searcy, Arkansas is a moderately-sized city with a population of 23,969 people. At 85%, the majority of the Searcy population is White; this is followed by 9% Black and 2% Asian. Searcy tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 28 is far below the national average. Searcy is known to be family friendly as more than 75% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 59% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Searcy, Arkansas could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Searcy and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Searcy is 64 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 34th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the scores for each individual category, Searcy has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A-) and cost of living (A). Unfortunately for Searcy, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Searcy has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

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 available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Searcy is actually affordable. The median home price for Searcy homes is $140,300, which is 22.3% higher than the Arkansas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Searcy, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.6, which is 33.3% higher than the Arkansas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Searcy will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Searcy, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.4%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.3%.

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Searcy Arkansas - College Town with a Family Atmosphere

Searcy Arkansas is an interesting place to live. There are things to consider before moving here. The weather is beautiful, with an average summer temperature of only seventy-seven degrees. Searcy has a population of over twenty thousand people and was originally known for its natural springs. The city's high school graduation rate is higher than most of Arkansas, which makes Searcy a great place to raise a family.
There are several schools to choose from both public and private. Harding University is in town as well as a branch of Arkansas State University.

The employment rate is slightly lower on average, but it isn't terrible. The city has seen a jump in its economy since new gas and oil drilling agreements were made. However, the city's residents are uneasy about these projects. They’re worried they will cause environmental concerns. Home values are a bit higher than usual as well. However, this means that buying in Searcy could be considered an investment.

I love to visit the Pioneer Village museum and Hourglass Escape Rooms for an exciting day out. Searcy is full of rich history to explore. It's an old railroad town as well.
The best places to visit in the evening are Harding University Theatre and Lasercade. My personal choice of restaurant would be the Rock House. They have healthy options and serve comfort food if you want to indulge. Searcy is a nice place to live. If you have a nest egg, I would recommend investing in this growing town. However, moving to Searcy is a great option that's mostly for families and college students.
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Source: The Searcy, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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