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People who decide to move to Northwest Arkansas discover a great surprise. The average home price in Benton and Washington counties is well below $200,000, and the region’s overall cost of living is far below the national average. Paychecks go farther in Northwest Arkansas, considering our high per capita personal income levels coupled with the low cost of living index. Those who own houses in other metropolitan areas are often able to upgrade when they move to Northwest Arkansas.

Each community has it’s unique qualities, and the home that’s right for you will depend on what you want in the community where you live. If you want to compare cities, you should check out this helpful tool. If you look around Northwest Arkansas, there are cities and neighborhoods to fit a range of needs, architectural tastes, styles and interests. Whether it’s a downtown condo, townhouse in a walkable neighborhood, or family home with a big yard, you’ll find it all in Northwest Arkansas.


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Fayetteville Population: 81,000

Known for: University of Arkansas, Walton Arts Center, Entertainment District, Fayetteville Public Library, Downtown Square

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale, sustainable living and eco flats for rent/sale

A woman checks produce at the Fayetteville Farmers Market carrying a reusable bag from WITH Home Supply
Fayetteville Farmer’s Market, Tanner McGinty | c/o: WITH


Razorback Stadium | c/o: The University of Arkansas

Fayetteville is the largest city in Northwest Arkansas, and home to the University of Arkansas, the Walton Arts Center, and Dickson Street Entertainment District. It’s also the home to many entrepreneurs, working to build and scale startups.

Fayetteville has held onto its great history while keeping up with the wants and needs of a growing urban population interested in modern amenities. Great bike-ped trails, large city parks, the region’s largest farmer’s market, and a fantastic recycling program are a few of the city’s impressive attributes.

Fayetteville’s housing stock may be more diverse than in any Northwest Arkansas city. There are large, tree-covered lots on Mount Sequoyah, in eastern areas of the city, and west of the UA campus. The city is also home to the Washington-Willow Historic District, a 37-acre area that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 because of its architecturally significant homes. Fayetteville, being a college town, also has the most apartment and condo options in the region.

Newer housing areas are quickly developing.

Old Main | c/o: Fayetteville Visitors Bureau
Walton Arts Center Rendering | c/o: Walton Arts Center
Entertainment District | c/o Fayetteville Visitors Bureau


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Springdale Population: 77,000

Known for: Tyson Foods World Headquarters, Jones Center for Families, Shiloh Museum, Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale, townhomes for rent/sale

A young hockey player stands smiling at the camera waiting to take the rink.
The Jones Center Youth Hockey | c/o: The Jones Center


The Jones Center | c/o: The Jones Center

Springdale’s central location makes it the perfect spot for families to live, particularly if one parent commutes north to Bentonville or Rogers for work and the other stays in Springdale or heads south to Fayetteville.

The city is the corporate home of Tyson Foods, a Fortune 100 company. Springdale is also the home of Arvest Ballpark and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Springdale also provides quick access to Beaver Lake, which is a great recreational amenity.

New major investments are being made in the downtown area. Tyson Foods is leading the way on that effort, with the grand opening of the company’s new office building that will bring approximately 300 additional team members to downtown Springdale.

Some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods include Har-Ber Meadows in a western area of the city, and the Spring Creek Estates and Palisades subdivisions in an eastern area. Thornberry, Monticello and Steeplechase in northern areas of the city are popular, too.

Arvest Ballpark | c/o: Northwest Arkansas Naturals


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Rogers Population: 61,000

Known for: Walmart AMP, Pinnacle Hills Promenade, Daisy Airgun Museum, Railyard Bike Park, Beaver Lake, Hobbs Park

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale, sustainable living for rent/sale

Railyard Bike Park | c/o: Northwest Arkansas Council

Everyone knows Bentonville is the headquarters of Walmart, but many people don’t know Rogers is where the first Walmart Store opened back in 1962. Additionally, Rogers is where many of the 1,450 Walmart suppliers maintain offices in Northwest Arkansas, including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive.

Major quality-of-life investments have occurred in Rogers over the past several years, starting with the 2006 opening of Pinnacle Hills Promenade, a retail lifestyle center. The city is also home to the Walmart AMP (Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, and The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore all performing in 2018); the Railyard Bike Park; and the Rogers Aquatic Center, a three-acre waterpark operated by the city. Rogers is also close to Beaver Lake, which provides recreation as well as drinking water for our entire area.

There are great neighborhoods in Rogers including Pinnacle Hills and the Pinnacle Country Club, where the LPGA plays the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G each June. Shadow Valley, which is a master-planned community. Downtown Rogers is quickly becoming a popular residential area for young professionals and families.

A female golfer puts at NW Arkansas Championship, an LPGA golf tournament held in Rogers.
NW Arkansas Championship | c/o: NW Arkansas Championship


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Bentonville Population: 42,000

Known for: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Scott Family Amazeum, The Walmart Museum, Downtown Square, Walmart Stores Home Office, Museum of Native American History

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale, sustainable living for rent/sale

Sustainable pocket houses were recently added to the Bentonville Housing Market.
Black Apple Pocket Community | c/o: Black Apple


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art | c/o: Casey Crocker
c/o: Scott Family Amazeum
Scott Family Amazeum | c/o: Scott Family Amazeum

Bentonville draws attention these days for its major quality-of-life upgrades over the past several years, most notably Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (est. 2011) and the Scott Family Amazeum (est. 2015). There are walkable neighborhoods throughout the city, including the downtown area where the city’s investments, new restaurants and 21c Museum Hotel have made it one of the region’s most popular places to go after the workday ends. Bentonville is a great city for families as well, with the addition of the Bentonville Community Center, as well as the Bentonville Public Library. There’s also a fantastic dog park in a northern area of town.

Bentonville is home to the corporate offices of Walmart and Sam’s Club, meaning a quick commute for the thousands of employees who choose to live in town. The Walmart Museum is an interesting and fun history of Walmart, and if you’re in Downtown Bentonville you should stop by!

One of the more unique neighborhoods is one of the city’s newest: Black Apple, a small community of energy efficient homes near downtown.

Yet, Bentonville offers a combination of neighborhoods to fit a variety of needs and tastes. It’s possible to find an affordable rental housing not far from downtown (the modern Thrive apartment complex is in the city’s Arts District is a great example), but the newest areas for home purchases are generally in the southwest part of the city toward the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. That’s a particular good location for those who work in one of the region’s more than 1,450 Walmart supplier offices and frequent travelers.

Black Apple Pocket Community | c/o: Black Apple
Museum of Native American History |c/o: Northwest Arkansas Council

Bella Vista


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Bella Vista Population: 27,000

Known for: Golf Courses, Bike Trails, Lakes, The Mildred Cooper Chapel, the Veterans Wall of Honor

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale

Established as a summer resort community in 1965, Bella Vista became one of the state’s largest retirement communities. Since then, the city has transitioned from being a primarily retirement-focused community to welcoming young couples and families.

Bella Vista is a very safe community that enjoys seven lakes, a marina, large treed lots, wooded common grounds, seven golf courses, tennis courts, the Mildred Cooper Chapel, parks with playgrounds as well as dog parks, and miles of gorgeous walking trails.

Bella Vista is the region’s fifth largest city, home to many who choose to make the easy commute to other Northwest Arkansas cities.

Bella Vista has been ranked as one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report and 1 of the 25 Best Places for Affordable Homes by and Money Magazine.

Berksdale | c/o: Marc Henning
Lake Windsor| c/o: Marc Henning

Siloam Springs

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Siloam Springs Population: 16,000

Known for: John Brown University, Siloam Springs Kayak Park, Siloam Springs Public Library, Simmons Foods Headquarters

Housing Options: Homes for rent/sale, apartments for rent/sale

Downtown Siloam Springs, Feyerabend Photoartists | c/o: City of Siloam Springs

While many Northwest Arkansas cities have grown together, Siloam Springs is unique because it’s still a short drive from the region’s larger cities.

The city is home to John Brown University, a private Christian college recognized as one of the best in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Located adjacent to the Arkansas-Oklahoma line, Siloam Springs has been recognized as one of the nation’s best small towns.

Siloam Springs is also home to the Cherokee Casino, located just across the state line. It’s also home to the annual Dogwood Festival, one of the region’s best springtime events.


It’s still possible to live in a smaller city or a rural setting in Northwest Arkansas without facing a long commute to work at job sites in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers or Springdale.

The largest of our region’s neighboring communities are Eureka Springs, Centerton, Lowell and Farmington. Each of those cities provide residents with ample housing options as well as banks, restaurants and retail businesses.

Smaller cities such as Huntsville, Prairie Grove, Elkins, Gentry, Gravette, Decatur, Pea Ridge and Lincoln are still near the larger cities, and most of them have their own unique downtowns, grocery stores, banks, retail businesses, restaurants and school districts. Housing in Northwest Arkansas’ smaller suburbs can be less expensive than in the larger cities, and it’s possible to acquire larger tracts of land at reasonable prices.