While residents of Northwest Arkansas have known the area is growing at a fast pace, a recently released NWA Council report explains just how impressive that growth is in the region. Benton, Madison and Washington Counties lead the way for highest percentage of growth in the state, and according to the Council, the region adds almost 32 people per day — more than other larger metropolitan areas like Tulsa and Little Rock.
Experts credit this growth not only to the area’s many Fortune 500 companies, such as Walmart, Tyson Foods and JB Hunt, but also to the numerous quality of life investments, such as Crystal Bridges, Razorback Greenway, Walmart AMP and major healthcare upgrades by Mercy Northwest Arkansas, Washington Regional and the developing Children’s Hospital. The University of Arkansas, currently ranked #135 in National Universities on US News & World Report’s Best College Rankings, has also been essential in regional development.
The pairing of its quality of life amenities with its remarkable job opportunities, play a large role in making the region an attractive option for the relocating younger workforce. These factors are among countless reasons why Northwest Arkansas is currently the 22nd fastest growing metro in the United States and is on pace to be one of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas within three years.