Our Region

Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Renowned for its scenic beauty, bustling business climate and affordable cost of living, Northwest Arkansas is expected to double in population before 2050.

NWAEDD Regional Map

Northwest Arkansas, once a hidden gem, is rapidly transforming into a bustling economic and cultural hub, attracting people from all corners of the country. The region’s explosive growth in population and business climate is nothing short of astonishing.

Population Growth

In the past decade, Northwest Arkansas has seen an unprecedented influx of residents. The region’s picturesque landscapes, affordable living costs, and a thriving job market have enticed thousands to call this place home. From Fayetteville and Bentonville to Harrison and Huntsville, the population is surging. Benton County alone has grown by over 25% in just a decade, making it one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation.

This growth is not limited to locals; people from across the United States are relocating to the area, drawn by the promise of a better quality of life. The addition of world-class amenities, renowned cultural festivals, and top-tier education options make Northwest Arkansas a vibrant place to live.

NWAEDD Northwest Arkansas Economic Developement District successful meeting
Business Climate

The business climate in Northwest Arkansas is equally remarkable. It’s not just a hotspot for retail giants like Walmart; the region has evolved into a haven for startups and innovation. The Northwest Arkansas tech scene is gaining national attention, with companies like Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt leading the charge in adopting cutting-edge technology.

The area’s entrepreneurial spirit is fostered by initiatives like the Arkansas Innovation Hub and an expanding network of co-working spaces. Additionally, the region’s commitment to sustainability and green initiatives is evident in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its dedication to conservation and art.

For an indepth look at Northwest Arkansas’ economic and demographic statistics, please open this Interactive Map provided by the Association of Arkansas Development Organizations (AADO).