Lonely Planet, the world’s largest publisher of travel-related books and guides, in February 2016 ranked Northwest Arkansas at No. 7 in its list of “Best in the U.S.”
New Geography in 2014 put Northwest Arkansas as No. 10 in its list of “Best Cities for Job Growth” for medium-sized cities. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth and long-term growth, momentum, and current year growth.
U.S. News and World Report put the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Statistical Area at No. 3 on its 2016 list of “Best Places to Live.”
Researchers at Chapman University’s Center for Demographics and Policy in California determined in a report that Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 1 in the nation in family friendliness. The report, called “Building Cities for People” and made public in January 2016, measured metropolitan areas in such categories as commute times, housing costs, income and migration.
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.