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Overview
Population:464,729
Pop. Change:34%
State: Arkansas
Metro Area:Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area
County:Benton, Washington, ... 3 total
City:Fayetteville, Springdale, ... 40 total
Zip Code:72764, 72712, ... 40 total
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Fayetteville's Real Estate Market
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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area

Profile: Small-city complex/College town

Location: Extreme northwest Arkansas in Ozark foothills

Elevation: 1263

Time zone: Central Standard Time

PROCON
Strong economyIsolation
VarietyGrowth and sprawl
Cost of livingHot, humid summers

The so-called Northwest Arkansas region is one of the fastest growing in the country, and the three named cities, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville, plus the elephant- in-the-room Bentonville represent an interesting mix of small cities that all work together and all offer something. The three names cities are located in a north-south line roughly 10 miles apart, while Bentonville lies five miles west of Rogers. Each of these towns brings something different to the area, and the mix works well. Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas and has an attractive campus, historic buildings, a progressive feel and the usual college-town amenities. Springfield is more “old South” as a center of light manufacturing, trucking and agricultural processing, anchored by the headquarters and major operations of poultry processor Tyson. Rogers was once a sleepy non-descript Southern town but has boomed as a hot family-oriented residential area, One of the reasons why is Bentonville, and for those whom the name isn’t familiar, it is the headquarters for retail giant Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart earns superlatives all over the country, but no single employer wields the economic influence that Wal-Mart has in Bentonville and the surrounding area. The headquarters employs some 13,000, and that is not the whole story, as scores of other companies supplying everything from product to marketing to legal services make the area their home. And there’s a steady stream of business travelers calling on the nation’s #1 retailer as well. All of this leads to a booming economy, plenty of air service, and the founding Walton family and the Jones family of trucking industry lineage have left a strong cultural imprint on the area as well. The Walton family has endowed a large performing arts center and a $50-million Walton family-supported art museum is scheduled to open in 2009. The Jones family has endowed the Jones Center for Families among other assets. There are plenty of water and outdoor recreation opportunities in nearby lakes and mountain areas, but some might feel a bit isolated from other “city” activities (the closest big city is Kansas City 175 miles north) and there is some growth-related strain. Living costs are low (COL index 85, and substantial employment and income growth bring strong buying power. Crime rates are notably low for the region. This area has been a rising star and offers a lot of variety and opportunity, but some might find it a bit conservative and dominated by Wal-Mart culture for their tastes, and growth pressures are starting to take their toll.

The area contains a mix of farmland, nearby lakes, and rolling, wooded hills. Climate is continental and typical of the region, with a strong Gulf influence particularly in summer. However, the elevation and nearby mountains keep temperatures a few degrees cooler than many other parts of the state. Winters are generally mild, with occasional cold spells.

Interesting Facts about the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas Metro Area

As of 2014, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area's population is 464,729 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 34.25 percent.

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The median home cost in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area is $136,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.40 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area's cost of living is 13.80% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area public schools spend $10,606 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.7 students per teacher in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area.

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The unemployment rate in Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area is 4.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area jobs have Increased by 0.09 percent.


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Average Commute time is 21 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metro Area's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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