Fayetteville, AR

Population: 80,552

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  • Fayetteville has a Livability Score of 72/100, which is considered excellent
  • Fayetteville crime rates are 75% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Cost of living in Fayetteville is 7% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Fayetteville real estate prices are 62% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Rental prices in Fayetteville are 7% higher than the Arkansas average

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      A Good University Town

      Northwest Arkansas is an area of many smaller towns, and Fayetteville is the largest and home of the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville seems typical for many state university towns in that it reflects the culture of the school in many ways. My daughter spent four great years there and loved the area so much she got a good job and stayed. We've spent a great deal of time there ourselves. It seems one of the posters here, JV409, has more issues with health care in the US than with Fayetteville in particular. My sense is Fayetteville is conservative in culture as opposed to, say, any Oregon or California state school town, to be sure, but is not vastly so. The feel to me is more Midwestern in NW Arkansas than Southern, which is a real positive. Fayetteville is a bit grittier than more family-friendly NW Arkansas areas like Bentonville or Rogers. It could be a little cleaner, perhaps, but, again, it's a college town and should be judged accordingly. Dickson Street is packed with good bars and restaurants as well as a huge, non-university bookstore...very rare.
      • 3 -1
      Chiefly a right-wing community with a very conservative state school

      I’ve lived in Fayetteville about four years now and I’m 60. Fayetteville is chiefly a right-wing community with a very conservative state university. If you think Fayetteville is liberal you must be from Texas. While there are many nice, normal individuals here, I’ve been annoyed and even harassed by literally *hundreds* of people about my brief, unremarkable stint in the military some forty (40) years ago. I was a common sailor with a low-level job, and I got out in 1978. The first couple of years I lived in Fayetteville one or more people either asked me about the military every day, or made a remark about it near me in public. I’ll tell you who’s responsible for this lunacy: doctors and healthcare workers who give out personal information, and Veterans Administration employees. I’ve filed any number of written complaints with the authorities for years now. Many people here seem obsessed with the military, even college students from the University of Arkansas. In contrast, since 2014 only five or ten people in Fayetteville have asked me about the southern college I graduated from in 1982, or what I’ve done since. I moved to Fayetteville from Sarasota, Florida, and the same thing was going on down there, except it was worse. I’m considering moving to an entirely different part of the country, or even retiring outside the US.As you might imagine, healthcare in Fayetteville is awful and specialists are limited. Good luck getting in to see a urologist here for example. The one and only hospital here, Washington Regional, can be really bad depending on who you see. On one occasion the emergency room doctor was verbally giving me a hard time while I was flat on my back with groin pain. He made a nasty speech about me from the ER nurses station for no apparent reason at all. I filed a written complaint with the medical board. I’d rate healthcare in Fayetteville way below average for the US.
      • 1 -12
      One of the cheapest places to live in the country, but nice

      I’ve lived in Fayetteville about five years now and I’m 60. Rent, real estate, and most everything else is very cheap here. It's clean. The crime rate is low. The weather is usually pretty good. Winters are short and not that cold. I think there's enough entertainment in the way of restaurants, bars, and shopping, especially if you include the entire northwest Ark. area. And of course college sports. However, health care choices and doctors (specialists) are limited. Incidentally, I wish medical people would stop trying to set me up with a girlfriend. I don't go out with healthcare women anymore. Bad experience with a number of them, especially my first wife.Fayetteville is too conservative in some ways. For example, it's amazing how many people won't shut up about my military job some 40 years ago (nothing special). Simply being a veteran is an endless source of fascination for many people here. Nearly every time I walk into a large Walmart some stranger makes a remark about it. Not entirely normal. They exaggerate the importance of it. My military job required only a few months training after high school. I got a four-year college degree a long time ago. By the way, I am not buddies with any military veterans in Fayetteville. If any of those old cranks say they know me they're lying. When I first moved here a few years ago, sleazy old lower-class white men were harassing and insulting me in Walmart stores. All total strangers. Never seen them before. They wore dark-blue ball caps with a Navy logo. Some brought along hideously ugly old hags. I reported them to police. A police officer told me harassment is against the law.
      • 0 -9
      Don't live here. for your own good.

      Where do I begin? I have never felt this unsafe. A man tried to break in my house with a gun and that was only 1 of ,my incidents. If you have a bun, and like to drink aNd eat, and fight, and watch crappy college football, you might like it. If you are a normal family or person , will HATE the crime because given a year there, you will probably know a person or family member who has been raped or murdered, or it might even end up being you. The house prices and rentals are crazy being you are out in Nowhere in the middle of the Ozarks. Where do they get off charging that money, and for what? Side note, the weather sucks. if you like lazing about on constant 95 degree days and nowhere to swim, you will like it... PLus winter is no fun , not to mention tornados and the lack of rain.., When it does rain, you need to wash the pollution off your car. So, do your family a favor and move to Compton because it is probably better.
      • 1 -3
      Avoid at all cost!

      The City of Fayetteville is a very liberal socially progressive forward thinking city located in North West Arkansas. The city mayor and local populace are all very establishment. The town is a safe haven for snowflakes. The people here and the women are all a bunch of snowflakes. They harbor hate in their hearts for the confederate heritage in the heart of the south. The University Of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville are mostly ran by fake liberal elitist, black lives matter, antifa, LGBT and feminist. The university is a deconstructive institution that attacks peoples rights to speak freely and applies consequences for your expression and individualism. It's a indoctrination asylum and pathway into the occult. The people here seek salvation through virtue signaling how diverse and socially aware are of other peoples plight. They are hyperly easy to offend. The people here will call the police over a paper cut. Alternative media is right, the City Of Fayetteville Ar is a sanctuary city for illegals to come in and take over. There is absolutely no intelligent conversation happening here. They practice conformity and their attack on individualism is absurd. The bars in this town are very anti-second amendment and so are the sporting events here, although not all sporting events here have alcohol. If you are white male and socially ignorant about issues of social justice then don't go to public school to get an education or you'll end up being repressed by outsiders socially, economically and educationally. I give the City Of Fayetteville absolute zero on tolerance and openness as a city and will praise the day the city comes back form hell.
      • 5 -6
      College town mostly; limited rentals and healthcare

      I'm a writer/editor with a degree, close to retirement. Fayetteville is a nice small to medium size college town. The cost of living is quite low. Most people are really nice. But BEWARE: there aren't many vacant rentals as of November 2015. Most apartment managers demand a deposit on a unit sight unseen, often 2 to 3 months in advance. I almost got ripped off that way. One manager "assigned" me a crummy apartment and wouldn't give me my deposit back. I got a chargeback from my credit card company. Apartment mangers talk to everybody like they're a freshman booking a dorm room. About 80 to 90 percent of the rentals are controlled by one company called Lindsey. Heathcare is okay if you're a healthy 20 year-old college student; not so good if you're 50.
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      The Most Beautiful Place In USA

      Fayetteville is absolutely the nicest place in America. The Ozark Mountains are georgeous! The town is clean. The people are friendly. I have wanted to live here all my life. I am currently hoping to find a job there. Hopefully I will get to move there soon. The crime is among the lowest in the nation. There is no ghetto anywhere! No bad areas of town! Nowhere that you would feel unsafe. Whatsoever. It's amazing! This is the best place in the whole country to raise a family. People are conservative. Mostly protestant Christian southerners. You get 4 distinct seasons. The weather is perfect! Autumn in the Ozark Mountains is absolutely beautiful! There is alot of history in the Ozarks and in Fayetteville too. I'm a history buff. So I like that. A lot of restored historical buildings. Absolutely Beautiful!
      • 1 -1
      Visiting Fayetteville, Arkansas

      As an intrepid traveler, sometimes by choice and sometimes in pursuit of a new job, I have lived and visited almost every state in the United States. My recent trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas was a first for me.

      As home to the University of Arkansas and boasting the third largest urban population in the state, Fayetteville features some nightlife, dining and shopping opportunities that might be found lacking throughout the rest of this predominantly rural state. Fayetteville enjoys high rankings in terms of places to move for business or career, and features a winning track and field program with awesome amenities for the public through the local university.

      Fayetteville has some historic features worth visiting. In particular, the local and historic bar Maxine's Tap Room is worth the long trip alone, though many of the original features were lost in a fire some years ago and replaced. Nonetheless, the original structure is intact, the bar is open for business, and is notable for employing members of the University of Arkansas football team, offering fans of NCAA football with an opportunity to brush up against future professional sports stars.
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      Source: The Fayetteville, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).