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Fayetteville has been featured in US News and World Report, Forbes Magazine, Kiplingers, and other publications for its high quality of life. But that’s true of all of Northwest Arkansas. Aside from the physical beauty of the Ozarks, Northwest Arkansas is a pleasant place to live and one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. The area has been touted in many national publications for its quality of life as one of the "best places" to live and/or retire.

  • The landscape is beautiful—high, forested hills and lush valleys. There are four seasons with mild winters, a glorious spring and fall, and hot summers.
  • The crime rate is low, and the economy is stronger generally than the rest of the country with an unemployment rate consistently less than than the national average since 1994. The many major employers--unusual in an area of small towns and a rural landscape--include the Walmart home office, Tyson Foods world headquarters, and JB Hunt and other major trucking company headquarters, as well as the University of Arkansas. Manufacturing concerns have established factories here because of a strong available work force and an affordable cost of living for their employees.
  • Education is important, with good public school systems, as well as award-winning private schools, and with a strong regional library system. The new Fayetteville library has won many national awards. 
  • A convenient regional airport (Fly XNA) provides regional jet service and direct flights to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, as well as to connecting hubs such as Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Houston, and points beyond for the convenience of business travelers and residents of the area.
  • A bicycle trail system, connecting the major towns, already provides alternative transportation in Fayetteville, Bentonville and some of the other major towns. Eventually the Razorback Regional Greenway will connect the major towns from the south end of Fayetteville to Bella Vista.

Small towns are growing larger and almost merging, but each retains its small-town quality of life with the added conveniences of a large urban area. There’s a place here for everyone.

Fayetteville

Fayetteville is the cultural and commercial center of the area. Site of the main campus of the University of Arkansas, this city of approximately 75,000 people (excluding about 21,000 students) also is home to SoNA--the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Walton Arts Center, and the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from April to October, there is a farmer’s market on the restored Fayetteville Square, which also features shops and restaurants. Dickson Street is the University-area “entertainment district" with more restaurants, shops, and now condominium housing. Lacking a professional sports team, Northwest Arkansas sports fans award the University of Arkansas Razorbacks almost fanatical loyalty and support. There is also an active music scene of popular music, from rock and reggae to bluegrass and folk music.
 

Springdale 

Springdale (population approximately 70,000) is home to the Tyson Foods world headquarters (the largest meat producer in the world), the Jones Center for Families (a community center featuring meeting rooms, a swimming facility, computer center, ice skating rink and other services provided at extremely low cost thanks to the beneficence of Bernice Jones and other philanthropic entities), the Arts Center of the Ozarks (a regional art center), and NTI, the Northwest Technical Institute, provider of technical education in fields from computers to diesel truck maintenance. Each year around the 4th of July, the Rodeo of the Ozarks draws tens of thousands of fans, and the new Arvest Ballpark provides a home for the NW Arkansas Naturals baseball team (farm team for the Kansas City Royals). 
 

Bentonville 

Bentonville is where the home office of Walmart is located. Still a small, graceful town of almost 40,000 inhabitants, on the square is Sam Walton’s 5 and 10, the beginning of the retail giant’s empire, which has been turned into a museum. Also located here is the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a major national art venue. Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC--pronounced EN-WAC), which began in rented buildings in Bentonville and Rogers for the convenience of the students, now has a state-of-the-art campus situated between Rogers and Bentonville. A new music venue, the Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion) opens June 7, 2014 and will host nationally (and internationally) known artists such as Willie Nelson and Boston in its first season. And for plant lovers, the Compton Gardens near the Bentonville Square provide a variety of beautiful flowers and other native plants. 
 

Rogers 

Rogers (pop. approx. 56,000) is the closest town to Beaver Lake, site of water sports, camping, and lovely homes overlooking the lake. A picturesque restored downtown area features original brick streets and historical buildings as well as the Rogers Historical Museum and Daisy Airgun Museum. The Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers is host to a major golf tournament on the LPGA tour each year, and nearby is the War Eagle Mill where each year thousands of visitors enjoy Arkansas’ largest craft fair, featuring artisans and hand-made items from all over the Midwest. That same weekend there are also craft fairs in neighboring areas. 
 

Bella Vista 

Bella Vista Village (pop. approx. 28,000) originally began as a retirement community back in 1965, but now serves as home to many younger people as well. With numerous golf courses and lakes and many activities for its residents, its natural beauty and affordable housing have drawn many people to live there. Between 2000 and 2010, Bella Vista grew by 65%, but still is considered one of the safest places in the nation--98.1% safer than all other cities in the US.
 
 

Other Communities 

Other small communities and villages complete the tapestry which is Northwest Arkansas. 

· Lowell (pop. approx. 7200 and growing all the time) is located between Springdale and Rogers and serves as a bedroom community for both. It is also the site of the home office of JB Hunt, a large trucking company. 
· Farmington (pop. approx. 6000) is west of Fayetteville and provides a balance between a small town, suburban, and rural lifestyle. 
· West of Farmington is Prairie Grove (pop. 4400), a picturesque small town with strong family values, restored Victorian homes, and a Civil War Battlefield Park.
  Tontitown (pop. 2500), west of Springdale, began as a rural community when Italian immigrants settled there in the last century. Now most of the vineyards are gone, replaced by beautiful homes in a pastoral setting. 
· Johnson (pop. 3500) used to be a small town sandwiched between Fayetteville and Springdale. It is a very popular place to live because of its convenient location and ease of commuting to other towns in NW Arkansas. 
· Eureka Springs (pop. 2100) is a traditional tourist center dating from the last century, when its recuperative baths and cooler weather drew people from all over Arkansas and beyond. Now its limestone business district with many boutiques and interesting shops, its artistic atmosphere and musical events, and its picturesque Victorian bed and breakfasts draw even more people to visit. 
· Elkins, Greenland and West Fork are villages, each with a character all its own, within easy driving distance to Fayetteville and the rest of Northwest Arkansas. 
· Elm Springs, Cave Springs, and Centerton are other small communities close to I540 and the larger towns of the area. Pea Ridge, NE of Bentonville, is the site of a National Civil War Battlefield Park.
· Siloam Springs (pop. 15,000), on the border with Oklahoma, is the western outpost of Northwest Arkansas. It is the location of John Brown University, a Christian private college. In 2012 Smithsonian Magazine named Siloam Springs one of the 20 best small towns in America.