Fayetteville Ranked Third Best City In Nation To Live

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Fayetteville has been named as the third best place to live in America, coming in behind Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas in the 2016 U.S. News Best Places To Live Rankings.

The rankings were released Wednesday morning (March 2) and were already creating a talk around town. Evelyn Sosa has lived in Fayetteville for 11 years. She said she feels like it's a progressive town that is centered around nature and family.

"I like that it's very community based and its very close-knit," Sosa said.

Kym Hughes with the Visitor's Bureau said it's no surprise Fayetteville is ranked so high. She said in 2015 alone, motel and hotel revenues were up 10% from the previous year--- proving that people are visiting, and then staying.

"This creates a buzz  that's circular, " Hughes said, "So we have visitors that become residents, residents that bring in other visitors and then folks that move back permanently."

Here's a look at the rest of the cities that made the top ten:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Seattle, Washington
  8. Washington D.C.
  9. San Fransisco, California
  10. San Jose, California

To see the full list of rankings, click here.

The following profile was written by local Rachel Gerner for U.S. News:

Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism. The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Wal-Mart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods and the home of the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the U of A system.

People from all over the world call Fayetteville home. Newcomers often comment on the friendliness of Fayetteville residents. People wave and smile at each other in the street, and community events are well-attended. With dozens of volunteer organizations and non-profits, there's an abundance of ways to get involved in the community.

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville attracts outdoorsy types with its abundance of state parks, acres of community green space, playgrounds, parks and walking trails. The city also boasts a first-class performing arts center, an active local food movement, live music venues and a dynamic festival scene.

Gerner also spoke with 5NEWS after the report was released.

"I just thought that was incredible, because I had all the data that showed that we are doing amazing things in our area in Northwest Arkansas," Gerner said, "But I don't think a lot of people realize that, so I was thrilled to see U.S. News and World Report also recognized that and ranked it as number 3."

The rankings are based on the following factors: desirability, value, job market, quality of life and net migration.


  • Max Hunter (@Madmaxhunter76)

    Whenever these ‘best places rated’ lists come out, the small cities mentioned usually end up worse off several years down the road and never appear again. Why? More people move to the area because they see this and say, “Hey, let’s move to Fayetteville, AR.” What this brings is more congested areas, more traffic, more crime, more competition for already scarce, good-paying jobs, lower wages, higher cost of living, diminished quality of space/life, and shrinking open and green areas among others. Add an influx of illegal immigrants to the mix (which is out of control now by the way), and you have a recipe for disaster. So before everyone gets giddy about a town in Arkansas being on some national list, remember that Arkansas becomes less “The Natural State” and more urban (which is not what you want if you love the uniqueness of our small, beautiful state).

  • arnold fudpucker

    This listing also has Washington D.C. listed high on their desirability. This list lost all credibility with that stupid move. D.C. is a cesspool, Just ask anyone who lives there.

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