For those of you who are looking for a new place to live or for the perfect place to retire, Fayetteville, Arkansas is a great place to relocate. Perhaps I am a bit biased to the northwest portion of Arkansas because that’s where I call home. But that also makes me an authority on the area without any ulterior motive.
This sleepy little town is nestled down in the mountains located in the northwest corner of Arkansas. Nightlife and an enjoyable meal can be found on Dickson Street Entertainment District and Downtown Square offering unique local bars and live music any night of the week. There are distinctive boutiques to shop for that special gift and art galleries to browse. Festivals are common in the warmer months giving the city a vibrant, warm and friendly atmosphere that makes even a stranger feel at home.
The population in 2011 was 73,921 with 37,164 males and 36,757 females. The median resident age is 27.2 years with the average median age for the state being 42.2 years. The median house value is approx. $180,600.00 with the average for the state being approx. $102,900.00. Median gross rent is approx. $610.00 per month. The median income per household was $38,529.00 in 2009 with the average median income $37,823.00 for the state. Unemployment was 5.6% as of 2012.
Fayetteville is the place to go if you are seeking new job opportunities or to start your own business. The city has taken great pains to make the area attractive to entrepreneurs and industry. Because the University of Arkansas’ Research and Technology Park offers training in green industry and tech job positions the city can offer businesses the work force it needs to propel their business to the next level as well as the economy to support it.
The city ranked #2 for “Best Places for Businesses to Recover from the Recession.” In fact, Forbes magazine recently ranked Fayetteville at #8 for the “Best Places for Business and Careers” and Inc. Magazine rated the city at #4 for the “Best City for Doing Business.” The Fayetteville area includes Fort Smith, Rogers, Bentonville and Springdale; all are currently enjoying significant growth and employment opportunities are numerous.
Money Magazine rated the Fayetteville area at #15 for “Best Places to Retire” with natural beauty, great jobs, a strong economy and affordable housing prices it’s a natural. It also boasts state of the art medical facilities, cultural art centers, historical district and theaters. It has over seventy parks with forty miles of walking trails for your enjoyment. There are numerous jogging or bike trails and five lakes to spend leisure time enjoying the outdoor activities you desire. It doesn't take long to find that perfect fishing hole or camping spot you’ll want to return to again and again.
The weather is mild, with four full seasons. Winter temperatures vary from 25 degrees at night to 45 degrees during the day and summer temperatures average between 60 degrees at night and 90 degrees during the day. The average snowfall is between 2-3 inches, with above average rainfall amounts and average humidity and wind speeds.
Now the down side:
Like every city it has a few flaws. For this city it’s crime and the possibility of tornadoes and a slight chance of an earthquake.
Springdale has the highest crime rate in the area but it still ranks no higher than average for any small city in the United States. The most crimes committed where thefts, burglaries and assaults. So, lock up when you are in town and keep your valuables out of sight.
The tornado risk for Fayetteville is rated at C, so they are possible in this area. The largest tornado to hit the area was in 1960, it was rated an F4 and it killed 5 and injured 13 more.
The earthquake risk is rated an A- which means there is a 0.325% chance of a major earthquake hitting the area in the next 50 years. The last earthquake in the area was a 2.7 magnitude in 2010.
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