Fayetteville, AR Reviews

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Fayetteville, Arkansas is a mid-sized city located in the Ozark Mountains region. It is home to the University of Arkansas and has a diverse population with a mix of students, families, and retirees. The city is known for its vibrant arts and music scene, as well as its natural beauty and outdoor activities. However, like any city, it also has its drawbacks. Let's take a look at what real users have to say about living in Fayetteville.

According to user reviews on BestPlaces.net, Fayetteville receives high praise for its outdoor opportunities and friendly community. One user, named Kevin, says "The people here are incredibly friendly and welcoming. I feel like I'm part of a big family." Another user, Sara, echoes this sentiment, stating "The natural beauty of Fayetteville is unmatched, and the people here are so kind and genuine."

However, there are also some negative aspects mentioned by reviewers. Thomas, a long-time resident, notes that "The cost of living has become quite high, and traffic can be a nightmare during rush hour." Similarly, Teresa mentions that "The weather can be unpredictable, with hot and humid summers and icy winters."

Many users also mention the growing development and expansion in Fayetteville. John states, "The city is constantly growing and improving, with new restaurants and shops popping up all the time. It's an exciting time to be here!" However, others like Emily express concern about this growth, stating "I worry about the impact on the environment and the loss of green spaces."

Overall, the majority of users seem to be happy with their decision to live in Fayetteville, citing the friendly community, outdoor activities, and growth of the city as major positives. However, some drawbacks such as cost of living and unpredictable weather should also be considered before making the move.

 based on 49 Reviews
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Great place to raise a family - 5/7/2021
We've been here for many years. And my wife grew up here. We love being part of the community. She's a teacher and I own Deck Bros. The only thing remotely negative that I could say is that some of the college kids seem to get a little more eccentric as the years go Read More

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Sperlings top ten list for safest cities? - 4/16/2021
How this city made Sperlings top ten for midsize cities is beyond me. The crime rate for both personal and property are horrendous.
Assuming because of the fairly large democrat population. Read More

Cliques, unfriendly and overrated - 12/18/2020
I've lived in NWA for 15 years. I've lived in many different cities in this country. This the worst area.First of all, you can't trust many of the people. They say they'll call you back and won't. area. Too many unprofessional businesses. Not a really good selection of quality doctors, lawyers, and accountants. If you go to church or have kin folk, then you might be ok. Read More

There is no better place than NW Arkansas - 6/19/2020
I have lived in NW Arkansas for 14 years, but grew up in Washington DC, and went to college and Grad school in Chicago, and spent the first part of my career in Baltimore.I LOVE NW Arkansas. It is very clean, relatively quiet, and I awaken to bird song every morning. NW Arkansas is beautiful. I live in Bella Vista, which boasts 7 lakes, numerous golf courses, insanely (by city standards) cheap homes set in wooded areas where every morning I look at animal tracks as I walk my dog and try to figure out if it was a deer, or a tortoise or perhaps a racoon or armadillo that made it. NW Arkansas is diverse. We have 4 South Indian restaurants, at least as many Thai, several Vietnamese, and too many to count Hispanic and Chinese restaurants. We are of all faiths (the various Christian denominations, but also Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Budhist) have their places of worship. (Oh and most of them are open for dine in as well as carry out, though we social distance, wear masks etc. due to Read More

Add on to my previous review. - 4/3/2020
I forgot to add to my prior review that another con is Fayetteville is too car dependant aside from the "core" of the city which is not a large area. Not much public transportation at all. Most of the city is Read More

Don't get the hype. - 4/3/2020
Native of Fayetteville that moved away in 2017. Yes, I understand that Northwest Arkansas has experienced a big boom and I will admit the NWA area is now SO much better than it was a decade ago. Fayetteville is constantly showing up on "Best Places to Live" lists and honestly I think it's overrated.There are tons of comprable cities all over the country. My 22 year old still lives in Fayetteville so I still visit often.
I have lived in 2 other cities - Cherry Point ,NC for 4 years a( had to move back to AR for family reasons) and have lived here in my current city Omaha, NE for nearly 3 years and I felt more at home & like BOTH other cites better than Fayetteville or the Northwest Arkansa metro .
Here are things I LIKE about Fayetteville & the surrounding area.
It's a naturally beautiful place. Lots of outdoorsy stuff, great hiking
Virturally no crime. There is some but overall it's so low compared to a majority of places. I really did'nt realize how safe it Read More

Not a good place for non-whites, overrated. - 8/2/2019
I've lived in Fayetteville for the past 10.5 years - went to college here, worked here, recently moved to Bentonville. Fayetteville is way overrated, whatever you read about #5 best place to live, I can assure you, unless you are a BIG TIME outdoors person who doesn't mind racism, drugs, nothing to do, you will regret moving here. If you're a minority, stay away. You won't be welcomed, and you'll be isolated, you'll lose job opportunities, dating pool is literally 0% for minorities. These are all facts, no regrets on my side, because Fayetteville 5 or 10 years ago was pretty awesome, but today, Read More

5th Best Places to Live in the USA! - 8/8/2018
It depends upon one's perspective in/on life (I lived in Rogers AR for a few years; it's just north but within the same urban sprawl). U.S. News analyzed the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. Their page is titled: 125 Best Places to Live in the USA! Fayetteville, AR is number 5, meaning there's only 4 other cities in all the USA that ranked higher. Forbes put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA at #2 on its list of Best Midsize Cities for Jobs. According to the American Lung Association State of the Air 2018 report, NW Arkansas ranks among the best air quality from among all urban metros reporting in. The natural world of the Nature State is still awesome; lots of lakes and forests and wildlife; some of the best fishing in the nation. And the State is not as densely (human) populated as others. The urban core is pedestrian friendly; bike trails galore throughout NW AR; the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center designated Fayetteville as a Bronze Read More

Arkansas is fattening - 3/27/2018
I have been gone from Arkansas for quite a few years now. I lived there for several years, years ago. Prior to moving there, my weight was slightly above a healthy range. While there, it increased by 35 pounds. It is now back to where it was prior to moving there. Arkansas has one of the highest obesity rates in the country. The people I am around now are into fitness, healthy eating, bicycles, hiking, etc. Very few of the restaurants here feature deep fried foods. Being around healthy people and healthy influences tends to make you do the things they do to stay healthy. When you drive around and see giant fitness centers all over the place, and most of the people you associate with have a healthy weight, it naturally tends to influence the way you behave, eat, exercise, Read More

Low cost of living but strangely conservative - 11/1/2017
I’ve lived in Fayetteville about four years now and I’m 60. Fayetteville is chiefly a right-wing community with a very conservative state university. You’ll see why I say that. While there are many nice, normal individuals here, I’ve been annoyed and even harassed by literally *hundreds* of people about my brief, unremarkable stint in the military some forty (40) years ago. I was a common sailor with a low-level job, and I got out in 1978. The first couple of years I lived in Fayetteville one or more people either asked me about the military every day, or made a remark about it near me in public. I’ll tell you who’s responsible for this lunacy: doctors and healthcare workers who give out personal information, and Veterans Administration employees. Much of this activity is clearly illegal, and I’ve filed any number of written complaints with the authorities for years now. Many people here seem obsessed with the military, even college students from the University of Arkansas. In Read More

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