National Recognition

National accolades Northwest Arkansas has recently received:

• Forbes magazine placed Northwest Arkansas (No. 28) and Central Arkansas (No.32) near the top of 200 metropolitan statistical areas as “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2013.

• Bentonville High ranked third-best in the state and No. 580 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of high schools.

• Bentonville High School athletic program ranked #1 in the nation in the 2013-14 MaxPreps Cup title.

• Hottest Travel Destination for 2012 by Travel & Leisure

• One of the 12 Best Places to visit in 2012 LA Times

• Bentonville named on the 2013 "In" list for Dining Scene in The Washington Post

• 2013 Community Development Tourism Award by Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission

• Crystal Bridges received Crystal Award in 2012 by Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission

Arkansas Business referred to the City of Bentonville as the “most prominent small city in the world.”

Arkansas Business named Bentonville the 2011 City of Distinction in two categories: Main Street Preservation and Quality of Life.

• Bentonville was awarded the coveted State of Arkansas 2011 SHINE Award by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

• 2010, 2011, 2012 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year

• 2011 City of Distinction Award for Main Street and Quality of Life Categories by Arkansas Business

• 2012 City of Distinction Award for Tourism by Arkansas Business

• 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winner by ConventionSouth Magazine

• 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winner by Sports Events magazine


• In 2010, Bentonville, Arkansas was an “All American City Finalist.”

• Bentonville was the recipient of the 2010 & 2011 Volunteer Community of the Year Award.

• Bentonville High School has been named one of the Top 1000 High Schools by Newsweek Magazine the last two years.

• Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.

Money Magazine included Northwest Arkansas in its list of "100 Best Places to Live."

Forbes Magazine's annual list of the top 200 best metro areas for doing business placed Northwest Arkansas in its Top 10 of major metropolitan.

MSN.com ranked Northwest Arkansas as the best low cost area in the nation in which to live and work, saying that "access to culture and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lakes has helped land [NWA] the title of one of America's Most Livable Cities."

Inc. Magazine ranked Northwest Arkansas as the 13th (out of 393 areas surveyed) best metropolitan area overall for doing business.

• The Milken Institute also placed Northwest Arkansas in their Top 10 “Best Performing Large Metros” list for the third time.

The Wall Street Journal described Bentonville as an “A-list city for business travel since the late 1990s” in a “Destinations” article. The article also profiled the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Pinnacle Hills development in Rogers.

Money Magazine listed Bella Vista as one the Top 25 best places to retire ranking at No. 12.

• In 2010 and 2011 CNN/Money ranked NWA 10th on their annual Best Places to Live list under the category of small cities for families.

CNN/Money ranked Benton County 15th on the 2010 list for counties that have experienced the most job growth over the last nine years.

• NWA was ranked 10th on the 2011 Most Livable Bargain Markets list published by MSN Real Estate & Bert Sperling of Sperlings Best Place.

CNN/Money ranked the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA as the 13th best metro area for small business start-ups.

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