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Why NWA is Consistently Rated One of the Best Places to Live

Northwest Arkansas (NWA) is consistently rated one of the best places in America to live. More and more people are choosing to live and work in NWA. In fact, the area is the sixth-fastest growing region in the entire country – and the only one in the middle of the map! So why is NWA growing into one of the country’s most attractive places to live? Read on to discover more about this hidden gem of a place to live!

Career Growth Opportunities

Key to Northwest Arkansas’s attractiveness as a place to live are remarkable job opportunities and career growth potential. Population growth in NWA is projected to skyrocket, creating even more job opportunities at major corporations, booming local businesses, and exciting startups. Led by local industry giants Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J. B. Hunt, the major business employers in NWA drive business around the world. In addition to these Fortune 500 companies (including the list’s #1 business), many suppliers and partners have headquarters in NWA to nurture relationships and keep business flowing with some of the world’s most powerful companies.

In addition to great opportunities at huge companies, NWA features a lively local business and startup scene. Northwest Arkansas has been rated the 2nd-best area for minority entrepreneurs, features more than a dozen startup incubators and accelerators, and is conveniently located for major capital investors waiting for the next big thing! Healthcare, technology, education, e-commerce, and more await the savvy job-seeker in NWA.

No matter where you choose to work, NWA is the perfect place to live – rated 6th-best cities for jobs by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis with a 14% higher income than the national average!

Low Cost of Living

NWA’s career opportunities provide great earning potential – and the low cost of living can help you keep more of that cash in your pocket! The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers area rates consistently below the United States average cost of living in every category from health to housing to groceries and transportation. Elsewhere in NWA, cost of living drops even further – to just 55% of the national average cost of living. Couple that with NWA’s 14% higher average income we mentioned earlier and you could fast-track your retirement, start a new business, or further your education at the R1-rated, Division I University of Arkansas!

World-Class Amenities

Northwest Arkansas offers more than a cheap place to live and a great place to work! On your time off, enjoy one of the finest art collections in the world at Crystal Bridges Art Museum, including a fully-restored Frank Lloyd Wright house and miles of trails at their 120-acre Ozark Mountain campus. Enjoy performing arts and other engagements at The Momentary, see top-tier musical artists and other shows at the Walmart AMP, and dine at Michelin star rated restaurants without leaving the area! You can also dive into world-class sports experiences like Division I football, basketball, baseball, and more, or hit the hundreds of miles of mountain bike trails (including EPIC-rated rides). 

Natural State Charm

In addition to all of the official perks of living in NWA, you’ll experience the charm of the Natural State. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, NWA features gorgeous scenic drives through the Ozarks and the Boston Mountains. You’ll find whitewater and leisurely rivers to raft, kayak, canoe, or otherwise float, and lakes galore for fishing, boating, camping, and recreation. Because it’s Arkansas, a refreshing trek into nature is only ever a short walk away – and exciting natural adventures are well within an hour’s drive!

Moving to Northwest Arkansas? Call Us!

If you’re ready to make one of America’s best places to live your new home, we can help! We love Arkansas because we live here, too. Whether it’s the best place to find amazing eats on your trip in or help finding the perfect apartment home for your stay, give Apartment Hunters a call. We’ll help you find the perfect place in NWA to call home!