Did You Know?
more spent on bicycles than the US average
of residents own their homes
of residents have a smartphone
of residents have dined out in the last 12 months
Awards & Recognitions
America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic, May 2017
Best Places to Live (NWA #5) – U.S. News & World Report, 2017
Best Midsize Cities for Jobs (NWA #2) – Forbes, May 2016
25 Best Small U.S. Cities to Spend the Weekend – Thrillist, May 2016
Best Affordable Places to Live (NWA #1) – U.S. News & World Report, May 2016
Best Places for Minority-Owned Businesses (NWA) – Fast Company, 2016
10 Newest Hipster Neighborhoods – Yahoo! Travel, June 2015
City of Distinction Award – Arkansas Business Magazine, 2014, 2012, 2011
15 Hottest Cities of the Future – Yahoo! Finance, 2013
Downtown culinary scene listed as “one to watch” – Washington Post, 2013
Top 12 Places to Visit – Travel & Leisure Magazine, 2012
Bicycle Friendly Community (Bronze) – League of American Bicyclists, 2012
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