Recognitions and Accolades

With four counties, 10 diverse cities, and hundreds of attractions in between, Northwest Arkansas is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the U.S. In the last few years alone, NWA has been recognized among the coolest, hippest, most underrated and best places to live and visit. Presented here is a running list of recognitions and accolades Northwest Arkansas has recently received – along with a few interesting facts and figures peppered in for good measure…

Fayetteville ranked among Livability’s 2019 Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S list released in March 2019. Offering the upbeat vibe of a college town, an appreciation of the arts, easy access to Ozark scenery and trails, and a thriving culinary scene, low cost of living and solid economy – it’s no wonder Fayetteville makes the list!

NWA recently ranked No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Places to Live in America – for the third year in a row.

Northwest Arkansas named #2 Best Cities for Jobs among Midsize Metros and #10 among all metros 2018 by Forbes

NWA  named to 2018 10 Best Places to Raise a Family list by

NWA makes Top 10 Best Cities for Creatives in 2018 by SmartAsset

NWA ranks in Top 25 on Milken’s Best Performing Index 2018

Data now suggests that Northwest Arkansas is on the verge of being among the nation’s top 100 largest metropolitan areas.

In February – on Valentine’s Day no less – Fayetteville was named the Nation’s Best City for Singles by Money Magazine.

Money Magazine also named four Northwest Arkansas cities on its list of Best Places to Live in America – including Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

NWA named among Best Places to Live by US News & World Report for 2017

Fayetteville among the 25 Best Cities in the US for Millennials by CNBC, 2017

Northwest Arkansas’ craft brew production is on the rise! With 14 breweries (at last count) in Benton and Washington Counties alone, reports from our friends at the Northwest Arkansas Council show that producers made nearly 14,000 barrels of beer in 2017 – up 23% last year – that’s 3.4 million pints!

Thanks to solid investment by NWA cities and other partners, our regional trail systems are getting more and more impressive literally each and every day. A recent study reports that last year our trails network drove $137 Million into Northwest Arkansas’ economy. It’s driving tons of visitors here, too – from the I-49 corridor to Eureka Springs and beyond.

And speaking of economic impact, another recent study found that the arts and culture industry in Northwest Arkansas is generating more than $130 million in economic activity.

Fayetteville’s TheatreSquared is building a new $34 million home.

Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges continues to awe and inspire visitors from home and around the world, and coming soon will be the museum’s new multi-disciplinary space for visual and performing arts, known as The Momentary.

The Northwest Arkansas public art scene is booming, from Fayetteville to Bentonville, Siloam Springs to Eureka Springs, and seemingly everywhere in between.

At the Walmart AMP, the state’s largest outdoor live music amphitheater, the nation’s top music acts continue to entertainment sold-out audiences from near and far.

NWA named in the Top 20 Best Affordable Places to Live by US World and News Report, 2016

NWA named among Best Places to Live by US News & World Report for 2016

Georges Majestic Lounge live music venue named one of the Top 100 Music Venues in America by Consequence of Sound, 2016

Fayetteville named as Top 25 Best Cities to Retire, 2015 by Money

NWA named as one of Top 100 Best Places to Live by, 2015

NWA among The Fittest Places to Live in America, 2015 by Men’s Journal

Bikes, Blues & BBQ among the Top 5 Motorcycle Rallies in America, 2015 by

Fayetteville among 12 Cutest Small Towns in America, 2015 by the Huffington Post

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