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A+ Bentonville Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Bentonville Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Arkansas
955% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bentonville cost of living
A Bentonville Crime Total crime is 48% lower than Arkansas
Total crime
1,89431% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5331% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Bentonville crime
B- Bentonville Employment Household income is 81% higher than Arkansas
Median household income
$76,44738% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,75320% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%53% lower than the US average
Bentonville employment
A+ Bentonville Housing Home value is 61% higher than Arkansas
Median home value
$184,800equal to the US average
Median rent price
$83112% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%11% lower than the US average
Bentonville real estate or Bentonville rentals
C- Bentonville Schools HS graduation rate is 14% higher than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%3% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Bentonville K-12 schools or Bentonville colleges

Living in Bentonville, AR

Bentonville, Arkansas is a moderately-sized city with a population of 42,499 inhabitants. The majority of Bentonville residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. With an average age of 33 years old, Bentonville could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average. 81% of the people in Bentonville (over the age of 15) are married and 42% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Bentonville, Arkansas. Finding the best places to live in Bentonville and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, weather, education, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Bentonville is 86/100 and the city is ranked in the 99th percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, Bentonville ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Bentonville has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we examine each of the categories on their own, we see that Bentonville ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A), employment (B-) and housing (A+).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Bentonville, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walmart Visitor Center, and Museum of Native American History.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Bentonville gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 140 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Bentonville apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Bentonville. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Bentonville are affordable. Median real estate prices in Bentonville come in at $184,800, which is 61.1% higher than the Arkansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bentonville, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 11.1% lower than the Arkansas average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Bentonville will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Bentonville, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.9%.

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A Growing City

Bentonville is at once a small, welcoming city and at the same time a growing and changing area. It feels less Southern and more Midwestern, in many ways. Very friendly but not in a phony, Mississippi Delta sort of way. Many amenities make it a great place to visit, and, I would imagine, a great place to call home. 21c Museum Hotel is a first-rate, very modern hipster-ish hotel and a bit over the top in its "wokeness". 21c Hotel notwithstanding, my sense is Bentonville's citizens are quietly open-minded and not overly political in nature. Good. There are many restaurants in the Square and beyond that could work in most any city far larger than Bentonville. Walmart is consolidating its headquarters in Bentonville to one main campus, as opposed to the current layout of buildings all across town, so it will be interesting to see the effect of that consolidation on the city. Crystal Bridges Museum of Art is excellent. I never tire of it as they have different exhibits as well as a permanent collection, and the land around it is very inviting.
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Bentonville, AR a Family-Friendly City

Bentonville is a great place to raise a family with the cost of living being low and there are jobs aplenty! This city is great for those who do not want a big city feel but still want some of the accommodations that a city has to offer and a population of just over 40,000. Bentonville's weather is pretty fantastic, although the summers can be fairly hot. That is not something that I mind though!

There is plenty to do in and around Bentonville. If you are into the outdoors then there is plenty of fishing, hiking, canoeing, and hunting in the area just outside of the city. You will certainly have no shortage of things to do in Bentonville.

There are quite a few jobs to be had in Bentonville, with the city being the location for the headquarters of Walmart. There are many jobs to be had with that company and others. The low cost of living and low crime rate makes it a great place me to raise my family.
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Source: The Bentonville, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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