Website GoodCall has ranked Springdale as the 24th Best City for New Grads. The ranking evaluates 589 cities in the nation. More than half of the Top 30 ranked cities were midsized, with less than 100,000 people.  Factors considered in the ranking's methodology included affordability, comparative salary, entry-level job availability and local amenities.  The news release noted new grads likely will fare better in locations where their new degree is valued and where companies are hiring. Springdale has led the state in job creation for a decade. Roanoke, VA took top honors in the national ranking, followed by Canton, OH, Fort Myers, FL, and Irving, TX.

Springdale's metropolitan area has been ranked first by U.S.News and World Report as the Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. and is ranked fifth on its 2017 Best Places to Live list.

Our region ranks ahead of Seattle, Raleigh-Durham and Boston in the Top 10. The ranking takes into account key issues people have about where to live such as cost of living, employment opportunities and access to good schools.

Springdale has been named the 6th fastest growing small city in the United States. That comes from analysis done by WalletHub of 515 cities in the country. Using 15 key metrics, the areas where Springdale excelled include population growth (29th), job growth (36th), poverty rate decrease (34th), working-age population growth (49th and regional GDP growth (60th). The study ranks data between 2010-2016...a period in which Springdale has led the state of Arkansas in new jobs created. Among all U.S. cities, Springdale was ranked as having the 17th best overall economy.

Springdale's metropolitan area has been reanked by Forbes magazine as the 24th Best Place for Business and Careers. Northwest Arkansas is among the nation’s top job creators. Denver topped the list for the second year in a row and three Utah MSAs — Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden — each ranked in the top 10. Northwest Arkansas has a history of being among the nation’s best on the overall list published by Forbes. In a four-year stretch that started in 2006, Northwest Arkansas ranked No. 9, No. 8, No. 17 and No. 4, respectively.

A new report predicts Northwest Arkansas will be the fifth fastest-growing economy among large metropolitan areas in the nation through 2021

The report shows the economy is expected to grow by 3.9 percent annually through 2021. The report says our region's employment growth will grow by 5 percent.Only four U.S. regions — two in Utah and two in Florida — are expected to see their economies grow at a faster rate than Northwest Arkansas through 2021. The 3.9 percent annual growth rate predicted for Northwest Arkansas will push the region’s economy past $30 billion.

Forbes magazine ranks Springdale's metro area as the second best Mid-Size City for Jobs in the nation. There were 98 metropolitan statistical areas between 150,000 and 450,000 jobs that were ranked by employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2004 through 2015. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum.

The prestigious Milken Institute ranks Springdale's region as the 30th-best performing metro area of the country's top 200 cities. The ranking is based on job growth, wage growth, high-tech job growth and high-tech wage growth.

Northwest Arkansas' strongest performance was in its job growth rate between 2014 and 2015, finishing No. 4 among large metros. The region finished No. 8 in wage growth from 2013 to 2014, and No. 11 in job growth from 2010 to 2015.

The region's overall ranking was better than all large metropolitan statstical areas in Arkansas and in four adjoining states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma. Northwest Arkansas outperformed five "peer regions" indentified by the Northwest Arkansas Council in January 2015 as it developed a three-year strategy. Those benchmark metros are No. 2 Austin, No. 6 Raleigh, No. 62 Des Moines, No. 76 Madison and No. 85 Durham-Chapel Hill.

US Airways Magazine, the airline's in-flight publication read by thousands each month, recently featured Northwest Arkansas. The 62-page spread tells our region's remarkable story of beauty, business, entrepreneurship and progress. Read the online version and fall in love with this place we call home!

NewGeography.com ranks our region as the 3rd Best City for Job Growth among mid-sized cities. Since January of 2010, Springdale has produced almost a fifth of all new non-farm jobs created in the state of Arkansas. Springdale has created 33 percent of all new jobs created by the state's 10 largest cities. Major cities that rank below Springdale's metro include Fresno (10th), Baton Rouge (21st), Springfield Mo. (29), Tulsa (35), Little Rock-N. Little Rock-Conway (75), Tucson (82), and Wichita (83).

Twice Springdale has been ranked as Arkansas' Best Place to Raise Kids...

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