Economic Development

Community Development Building 305 SW A Street Bentonville, AR 72712
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Brian Bahr Economic Development Manager (479)271-5997
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Bentonville is EXCEPTIONAL!


Bentonville, Arkansas is located in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Home to the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, and the most recent addition of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the community has become home and a place to visit for people all over the world.



  • Population growth of 5.2 percent between 2000 and 2010 and projected growth of 2.74 percent from 2013 through 2018.

  • A very low median age of 31.9 as compared to the U.S. and Arkansas average of 37.6 and 37.8 respectively (April 2014).

  • Projected job growth of 13.9 percent between 2013 and 2018, as compared to the U.S. and Arkansas average of 6 percent and 4 percent respectively.

  • Per capita income of $28,882 as of 2013, as compared to the U.S. and Arkansas average of $27,567 and $21,880 respectively.

  • High educational attainment for Bentonville residents 25 years of age and older with 43.7 percent having an associates degree or higher as compared to the U.S. (36 percent) and Arkansas (25.7 percent).

  • Quality public school system with a high ACT Composite score of 22 compared ot the state average of 20.2.


Bentonville's Target Sectors




City of Distinction Award, Arkansas Business Magazine - 2011, 2012, 2014


Top 12 Places to Visit, Travel & Leisure Magazine - 2012


Bicycle Friendly Community - Bronze, League of American Bicyclists - 2012


#10 on list of "15 Hottest Cities of the Future," Yahoo! Finance - 2013


Downtown culinary scene listed as "one to watch," Washington Post - 2013


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Brian Bahr, Economic Development Manager

(479) 271-5997

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