Niche Recognizes Greenwood as Top Spot to Live in Sebastian County


Niche, an online rating website that showcases research across the United States, featuring colleges, school, neighborhoods and companies. They have named the City of Greenwood the top place to live in Sebastian County. In fact, they have recognized their school district as one of the best in the state.

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Niche complies data based on reviews and city reports to generate a letter grade scale. This to benefit those families or individuals looking to relocate, providing information on jobs, homes and education.

Overall Niche grade for the City of Greenwood:

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

The website described the city as “…a town in Arkansas with a population of 9,357. Greenwood is in Sebastian County and is one of the best places to live in Arkansas. Living in Greenwood offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Greenwood there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Greenwood and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Greenwood are highly rated.”

Niche gave the city an overall grade of “A.” You can read the report in full HERE. Greenwood was also rated an “A” for best city for families, schools, best place to buy a house, best place for retirees, and lowest cost of living.

Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow alluded to the high rankings in his recent State of the City address. He praised the Greenwood Police Department as “one of the best in the state.” Also, the city’s fire department: “…our volunteer fire department is second to none in the state,” stated Kinslow. Adding that the city now has an ISO rating of two.

Lastly, Kinslow recognized Greenwood Schools Superintendent John Ciesla, who “…has led our school district as number two rated district in the state…Greenwood has also been rated as number one as the best place to teach in Arkansas.”

The website also attributes citizen reviews as part of the rating. “I love the safe, small town atmosphere of Greenwood. Perfect for raising my 2 boys,” shared one current resident. “We love the school district and are so very thankful for the wonderful teachers that will help shape the minds of our future.”

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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