Bentonville, the original home of Walmart, is a steadily growing community at the northwest corner of Arkansas. The city is regularly recognized for its environmental efforts, plans for redevelopment, and quality of life through rankings and awards from publications and websites like Arkansas Business Magazine, Livability, and NerdWallet. Want to find local movers in Bentonville? View the list of local Atlas® Agents.
After Arkansas gained statehood in 1836, Benton County was one of the first counties established. Bentonville was officially incorporated in 1837. With the largest number of apple trees per county in the country, fruit production became a major component of the local economy, followed by poultry and dairy. The construction of Interstate 540 and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport led to Bentonville becoming the fastest-growing city in Arkansas.
The summers in Bentonville are hot and humid, and the winters, while chilly, are a few degrees above average. There is very little snowfall, with only 8.5 inches on average reported annually. The typical high temperature in July is about 88.5 degrees, while the average low temperature in January is 25 degrees.
Bentonville is accessible by Interstate Highway 49, U.S. Highway 62, and State Route 72. Public bus transportation is provided by Ozark Regional Transit. In spite of a fleet fire in January 2017 that wiped out over 80 percent of operational buses, ORT was able to return to full service only two months later thanks to an outpouring of local support. The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is only 13 miles from the city’s center.
Cost of Living in Bentonville
Further adding to the high quality of life experienced in Bentonville, the cost of living is lower than the United States average. The biggest factors are groceries and transportation, which cost about 11% and 15% less than average respectively. Healthcare, housing, and utilities are also more affordable than average. Are you considering relocating to Bentonville? Want to know how far your salary can go in the Fayetteville area? Use the resources below to find out.
The city is served by the Bentonville School District, which consists of ten elementary schools, seven middle and junior high schools, and two high schools. Nearby in Fayetteville is the University of Arkansas. Founded in 1871, this public university has over 27,000 students from all 50 states and over 150 countries, and offers more than 210 academic programs.
The Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, a 128-bed facility that offers comprehensive cardiac care and comfortable maternity care suites, is one of the city’s many affordable healthcare options. The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks medical center is about 27 miles south in Fayetteville. In addition to routine healthcare, this VA hospital provides specialized programs for homeless and at-risk veterans.
Bentonville Real Estate
There are about 14,700 housing units in Bentonville with an owner-occupied rate of 56.7 percent. The median home cost is only $174,700, a whole $11,100 less than the United States average, and the property tax rate is a mere $7.24, more than $4 less than average. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment, similarly, is about $700, an average savings of about $300. With prices this reasonable, becoming a homeowner in Bentonville is relatively easy.
The 21c Museum Hotel offers a lodging experience unlike any other. This boutique hotel combines modern and comfortable rooms, a 12,000 square foot art museum, and a restaurant run by award-winning executive chef Matthew McClure called The Hive. Some of the suites in The Victoria Bed & Breakfast look like they’ve been plucked directly from a painting. Two of the rooms feature fireplaces, and every room comes with luxurious, high thread count sheets and a decadent free breakfast.
The hardest part about finding a restaurant in Bentonville is making up your mind about which highly-rated, locally-owned establishment to patronize first. The Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, run by AHA Arkansas Iron Chef winner Rob Nelson, is one of the more popular choices. This gastropub serves up unique, Southern-influenced bites like popcorn escargot, crispy pig ear salad, and a catfish pastrami Reuben. Crêpes Paulette, with both restaurant and food truck locations, serves up sweet and savory crêpes and cups of freshly-made soups like curried carrot and 4G (four green).
Things to Do in Bentonville
Bentonville is a hot spot for entertaining and informative museums, including the gorgeous Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Carefully integrated into the natural landscape by architect Moshe Safdie, the museum features galleries, a series of pavilions overlooking spring-fed ponds, classrooms, and a library with over 50,000 books of art reference material. The Compton Gardens and Conference Center is a public park featuring the historic Peel Mansion and 6.5 acres of native plants. The walking trails are open from dawn until dusk.