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National Recognitions

  • Bella Vista ranked in best places to retire, 2018, by Forbes and MSN.com
  • Bella Vista ranked #2 and Bentonville #7 in the state of Arkansas “Safest Cities to Live” by Safe Choice Security in 2014.
  • 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 listed Bella Vista as one the Top 25 best places in the nation to retire (12th overall).
  • Bentonville High (one of two school districts for Bella Vista) was 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 has been named one of the Top 1000 High Schools by Newsweek Magazine the last two years.
  • Bentonville High School athletic program ranked #1 in the nation in the 2013-14 MaxPreps Cup title.
  • Outside Magazine in March 2016 ranked Bentonville on its list of “28 Best Trips of 2016,” noting the region’s growing interest in and places for mountain biking.
  • Crystal Bridges received Crystal Award in 2012 by Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission.
  • Bentonville’s 21c Museum Hotel was named to the top 10 Hottest New Hotels in the World by TripAdvisor.
  • Benton County, Arkansas was ranked #2 in the “Study: Best Counties to Work in 2014” by creditdonkey.com.
  • 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.
  • Forbes magazine placed Northwest Arkansas (No. 28) near the top of 200 metropolitan statistical areas as “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2013.
  • 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.
  • 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.