Demographics


Benton County has become a leading retail center for Northwest Arkansas as well as Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri. The Bentonville/Bella Vista Community is business friendly and supports strategic, planned economic growth. The unemployment rate for Benton County is 3.5 percent, and many if its major employers include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., county and city governments, school districts, JB Hunt, Tyson Foods, retail stores and the healthcare industry.

Climate
The Bentonville/Bella Vista area is the perfect place to experience all four seasons. Warm sunny summers, crisp yet moderate winters and spectacular springs and falls will fill your senses with color.

July average temperature                    High 89/Low 66 degrees
January average temperature            High 44/Low 22 degrees
Average Relative Humidity                  55-60 percent
Rainfall 40-45 inches annually

Cost of Living
The cost of living index for northwest Arkansas is 96 percent, compared to the national average of 99.98 percent.

Economic Profile
The economy of Northwest Arkansas remains strong for many reasons. The region is home to Walmart Stores, Inc., JB Hunt and several other major logistics and transportation companies along with Tyson Foods, the University of Arkansas and six major health centers. The key to the vibrancy of any economy is job creation; create new jobs and population will follow. Today the region experiences a consistent population growth.

According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Benton County is the collecting pool for a three state labor shed. Each day, workers from northeast Oklahoma, southeast Kansas, southwest Missouri and surrounding counties in Arkansas commute to Benton County for employment. As our region grows with the hard infrastructure of highways, streets, commercial and retail centers it is also growing the soft infrastructure of the arts, entertainment, museums, recreation facilities and sports.

Northwest Arkansas also offers a respite for retirees who emigrate here for the low property taxes and the scenic splendor of abundant lakes, golf courses and easy lifestyle in Bella Vista and along the shores of Beaver Lake. All in all, Northwest Arkansas is a diverse, economically sound, safe and affordable Mecca.

The region experienced stratospheric population growth and new job creation from the late 1990’s through 2006 with monthly population increases of 1,250 people per month and an annualized new job production of 560 per month.

Government
City of Bentonville
Bentonville has a Mayor-Council government. The city operates its own electric company and sewer treatment plant. Bentonville has adopted a strategist plan that is regulated through planning and zoning. Police protection is provided by 50 officers. Fire protection and EMS are available to all city residents with 70 firefighters.

City of Bentonville: 479-271-3112
Arkansas Western Gas: 479-636-1750
Police Department: 479-271-3170
Fire Department: 479-271-3151

City of Bella Vista
Bella Vista Property Owners Association
Bella Vista incorporated in late 2006. The city is a planned, private community governed by a local city government and has a Property Owners Association. Many of the municipal services are being transferred from the POA to the city. The city has adopted a general land-use plan. Bella Vista has three fire departments and all fire department personnel are trained EMTs or paramedics and a non-profit ambulance service. The city also has 21 police officers.

City of Bella Vista: 479-876-1255
Property Owners Association: 479-855-8000
Bella Vista Police Department: 479-855-8030

Benton County
Benton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Mid-South. The population is 153,406 according to the 2000 census. The county has 13 Justices of the Peace, which serve on the Benton County Quorum Court. A County Judge, who serves as an administrator, is elected every two years.

Benton County Sheriff's Office: 479-271-1008

Housing
Housing in Northwest Arkansas is both abundant and affordable. In fact, the median cost of a three-bedroom home is $42,000 lower than the national average. As a result, newcomers often find themselves stepping up a level or two in the housing department. From historic and traditional neighborhoods to brand-new communities, from moderately priced to luxurious, odds are you'll find the home you want for less. In the past decade alone, over 21,000 building permits produced nearly $1.9 billion in residential construction.

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