Bentonville is located in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. In the past 20 years, Bentonville has transformed itself from a sleepy small Arkansas town to a bustling center of commerce and innovative entrepreneurialism, making it a community of choice in Northwest Arkansas. Home to Walmart, the largest retailer in the world, and the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011, Bentonville has become a home and a place to visit for people all over the world for business and leisure.
Population (Jan. 1, 2016 estimate) - 44,073
Population Growth (2010-2015) - 18%
2030 Projected Population - 65,247
Median Age - 31.9
Average Family Size - 2.67
Average Household Income - $79,721
Nearly 90% of homes are occupied
45% of adults have an Associate's Degree or higher
Source: ESRI, Market Profile, April 15, 2015
Awards & Recognition
Bentonville is receiving state and national recognition for its redevelopment efforts, bicycle facilities, environmental efforts, city plans, quality of life and burgeoning culinary scene.
"The Best 50 Small Cities and Towns in America" (#47) - WalletHub (2016)
"10 of the Coolest Dog Parks Across the U.S." (#4) - VetStreet (2016)
Volunteer Community of the Year (2011-2016)
"Best Small Cities for Working Parents" (#5) - NerdWallet (2015)
"Top 10 Places for Families" (#8) - Livability (2015)
Tree City USA (1999-2015)
City of Distinction Award, Arkansas Business Magazine (2011, 2012, 2014)
Downtown Master Plan, Arkansas Chapter- American Planning Association (2014)
Bicycle Friendly Community - Bronze Level - League of American Bicyclists (2012)
90% graduation rate (state - 85%, nation - 81%)
Advanced Placement Curriculum
Above state and national average ACT scores
Top 1,000 High Schools, Newsweek (2005-2013)
18 schools (10 elementary, 4 middle, 3 junior, 2 high)
Silver Award, US News & World Report (2009-2013)
Approved for International Baccalaureate World School (2007)
Voted Northwest Arkansas' "Best of the Best High Schools' (2013)
Bentonville High School (BHS) named a Blue Ribbon School (2007)
BHS athletics ranked #1 in the nation, MaxPreps Cup Standings (2014)
Ranked #2 Best High School in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Report (2015)
A rigorous classical education in the liberal arts and sciences for grades K-9.
An accelerated, rigorous math and science based college-preparatory, open-enrollment charter school for grades 8-12.
Ranked the best public school in Arkansas by U.S. News and World Reports. (2015)
Lifeway Christian (Centerton)
St. Vincent DePaul Catholic (Rogers)
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) is a comprehensive, public two-year college with its main campus in Bentonville. It is one of the fastest growing in the state of Arkansas and is accredited through the year 2020 by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
Founded in 1871 as a land-grant college and state university, the University of Arkansas established its campus on a hilltop overlooking the Ozark Mountains. The university is the state's foremost partner and resource for education and economic development. It serves as the major provider of graduate-level instruction in Arkansas.
Parks and Recreation
Bentonville Parks and Recreation's mission is to enrich lives through recreation, leisure and culture.
Bentonville Public Library
Bentonville Public Library (BPL) is a 38,000 square foot facility located downtown, featuring vibrant children's and teen spaces, community meeting rooms, geneaology research center and cafe. BPL is a 24/7 library with downloadable eBooks, streaming music and digital magazines. BPL was voted "Best Library" by the readers of NWA Media. A mini-branch of the library is available inside the Bentonville Community Center.
Downtown is the center of Bentonville's civic activity. Here's just a sample of what there is to do and see in Downtown Bentonville, in addition to a variety of restaurants and shops.
Lawrence Plaza - a winter ice rink and summer splash pad (opened 2010)
Walmart Visitors Center (renovated and expanded 2010)
Downtown Activity Center (opened 2010)
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (opened 2011)
21c Museum Hotel (opened 2013)
First Fridays - huge block party with live music, great food, unique vendors and kids activities
June Art & Culinary Festival - a month of exhibits and activities celebrating visual, cultural, culinary and film arts
Bentonville Farmer's Market - flourishing market and the epicenter for local fresh food
Bentonville Fire Department is a full service professional fire department, providing fire suppression, fire prevention and education, paramedic ambulance service, vehicular and tactical rescue. Six fire stations are strategically located throughout the city to minimize response times. The Insurance Services Office (ISO), which rates areas based on their ability to combat fires, has given the City of Bentonville a Class 2 rating (1 being the best, 10 being the worst). The Bentonville Fire Department offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, designed to teach individuals how to take care of themselves and others in case of natural or manmade disasters. Bentonville is also a Firewise Community
Bentonville's crime rate is consistently below the national average. The Bentonville Police Department has several specialized teams, including School Resource Officers, Traffic Officers, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Computer Forensics, Bike Team, K-9 Team, Animal Control, Negotiations Team, Narcotics Unit, and 911 Communication Center. They also offer a Citizen's Police Academy and Women's Self Defense Course.
Bentonville, located in the foothills of the Ozarks was incorporated in 1873 and is the county seat for Benton County. Once primarily an agricultural community (especially apple production), Bentonville has grown into a thriving business and tourism community. In May 1950, Sam Walton opened Walton's 5 & 10 store on the Bentonville Square, eventually becoming the world leader in retail. In November 2011, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors welcoming more than 200,000 visitors a year.
Read more about recent activities in the city newsletter.