Washington County, with a population of over 170,000 including Fayetteville, is just one part of the fastest growing section of the state. It is the diversity and what the residents call the "quality of life" in Fayetteville and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas area that make the area so popular.
Fayetteville constantly ranks high in the national surveys of great places to live. Northwest Arkansas was the nation's top performing economic area by the Milken Institute, ranked 11th for safety by the Insurance Institute, top 10 on Women's Wear Daily's most fashionable campuses and among the top 25 "coolest college towns" by Outdoor Magazine. Other lists ranging from "Top 10 Towns to Raise a Family" to Money magazine's 300 best cities to USA TODAY's Top 10 Fastest-Growing Areas to Rand McNally's Places Rated Almanac have given Fayetteville high marks in the past few years.
The breathtaking scenery around Fayetteville, from Mount Sequoyah near downtown to Beaver Lake just minutes away, sets the tone. The lakes and streams offer great places for outdoor events during the summer months. The beautiful foliage in the fall brings thousands of visitors each season to the All Seasons Trail. The surrounding mountain ranges allow opportunities for all ages with major state and national park areas, including the famous Ozark Highlands Trail.
The University Theater and North Arkansas Symphony enrich the culture of the area. The Walton Arts Center near downtown Fayetteville provides a top-drawer venue for the performing arts and is the center of a rebirth of the Dickson Street area.
Numerous restaurants offering anything from tasty ribs to sizzling Mexican, from spicy Cajun to robust Italian, add a taste most cannot pass up.
Fayetteville has a potpourri of activities during every month of the year. The season festivals - SpringFest, AutumnFest and Lights of the Ozarks - bring large crowds to Fayetteville, and one of the world's largest arts and crafts events, the War Eagle Fair, is just a short drive away. Thanks to Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport and the new Interstate 540, Fayetteville can capitalize on its central location in the heartland of America.
The garden of the Walton Arts Center, located on Dickson Street just off the University campus