In my case, I have to live close to the Air Base for work but to be quite honest, I live in North Little Rock and I haven't had many issues at all. I drive a corvette and never has it been vandalized, broken into, or anything for that matter.
I do agree that the vast majority of the Jacksonville, Sherwood, and NLR areas are ghetto as hell, but if you look hard enough, there are a few nice areas tucked away.
Personally, I'd live in Maumelle if I didn't want to keep my commute under 15-20 minutes. I would be so much closer to PBA too!!