Why Northwest Arkansas?

Northwest Arkansas is among the fastest growing areas in the United States and is home to both a vibrant startup ecosystem and three Fortune 500 companies: Walmart, Tyson, and J.B. Hunt. Retail capital of the world, NW Arkansas provides a competitive advantage with a density around both mentors and partners interested in enterprise solutions.


Home to World’s Fortune 1

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Top 5 Best Places to Live

Northwest Arkansas has also been ranked in the Top 5 Places to Live for the last three years by U.S. News and World report for it's bike trails, museums, restaurants, low cost of living, and proximity to nature. So don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

  • 2nd Best Metro Area for Minority Entrepreneurs (Fast Company, 2016)

  • More than 1,450 corporate subsidiary offices

  • 5th fastest-growing economy in the nation through 2021 (U.S. Conference of Mayors)

  • Per Capita Personal Income 14% above the National Average (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2016)

  • 14th fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation (U.S. Census Bureau)


Northwest Arkansas, by the NWA Council

While many people are drawn to Northwest Arkansas by economic opportunity, other amenities keep them here for life. Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, residents enjoy access to an endless variety of outdoor recreation, as well as world-class cultural and educational institutions. Affordable real estate, diverse career opportunities and great school systems make this region an appealing choice for families and entrepreneurs alike.


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