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About the Fayetteville, Arkansas Areas
The center of a region experiencing phenomenal growth, Fayetteville has received so many awards it is hard to keep track. Consistently placed in Forbes Magazine’s top ten Best Places for Business and Careers, named one of America’s “Most Livable Cities”, and high on Money Magazine’s list of the "Best Places to Live in America", this vibrant and historic city of 67,000 has much to be proud of. Set amidst the beauty of the scenic Ozarks, Fayetteville combines the best of small-town family values with fabulous outdoor sport and recreation and all the cultural sophistication of a city three times its size.
Fayetteville is located in Washington County in the far northwestern corner of Arkansas, not far from the Missouri and Oklahoma state lines. It is situated amidst wooded and gently rolling hills at an elevation of 1,401 feet in the Ozark foothills. Fayetteville is 50 miles from Fort Smith, AR, 72 miles from Joplin, MO, and 91 miles from Springfield, MO.
With major corporations Tyson Inc. and JB Hunt Transport, and the world’s largest retailer Wal-Mart calling Northwest Arkansas home it is little wonder that this region’s unemployment figures are the lowest in the state and among the lowest in the country. Other major employers include the University of Arkansas, medical and other educational facilities, and a host of thriving large and smaller businesses servicing Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods. Fayetteville’s vibrant economy and marvelous quality of life have placed the city in the top ten performing cities in the US several times in the past decade.
Set in the midst of the legendary Ozarks, Fayetteville is surrounded by some of the loveliest country and the best outdoor recreation in the nation. The city itself has numerous beautiful parks and gardens, with trails for hiking and cycling and plenty of peaceful picnic spots. Nearby scenic areas including the fabulous Devil's Den State Park, Lake Wedington, White Rock Recreation Area, Beaver Lake, and the Ozark Highlands Trail offer wonderful outdoor sport and recreation, including camping, hiking, horseback riding, water sports, and caving.
Fayetteville’s award-winning Public Library has been welcoming book-lovers for over 90 years. Housed since 2004 in a purpose-built $23 million facility, it won the 2005 Thomson Gale Library Journal Library of the Year award.
With its splendid climate, marvelous scenery, and over 20 excellent courses within a radius of as many miles, there is plenty for Fayetteville golfers to enthuse about.
Fayetteville Square, with its beautiful gardens and famous Farmers’ Market, is at the heart of the city’s historic Downtown, venue for the up-and-coming annual Fayetteville Festival of Arts. The cool Dickson Street, with its clubs and non-stop music, great restaurants, and unique shops is also part of the Downtown area, and not far away the fabulous Walton Arts Center presents a breath-taking array of the very best in the performing arts and culture.