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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Fayetteville is a town in Arkansas with a population of 81,889. Fayetteville is in Washington County and is one of the best places to live in Arkansas. Living in Fayetteville offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Fayetteville there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Fayetteville and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Fayetteville are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$193,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$747
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Fayetteville Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    411.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    106.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    83
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    540.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,805.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    401.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    27%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Fayetteville

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,158
National
$55,322
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Fayetteville Reviews

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It's like being in a twilight zone. When I moved to Arkansas for the first time, I was expecting it to be a backwoods are with people that are super racist and closed minded. I just knew I was going to feel like an outsider, but honestly I've been pleasantly surprised. This area reminds me of a suburb of Dallas; eco-friendly, lots of different types of restaurants, a strip of bars, and family friendly areas. There's a good mix of franchise and local businesses.The Walmarts here are amazing, all the employees are so nice and helpful!There's also a free bus routes that take you all over the city which are very helpful if you do not have a car or want to save some gas money. The only down side i have found in Fayetteville is the Ethnic food aren't too good, but they are amazing in the city right next to ours, Springdale. Coming from living in Texas, I have been really loving it here! It's a bit more humid but its worth it for all the beautiful vegetation around.
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Beautiful college town nestled in the Ozark foothills. Great education system, booming economy, good entertainment and nightlife, outstanding trail and park system, and extremely safe. Probably the most progressive and welcoming city in Arkansas by a long shot. Truly one of the best places in America to live! And a wonderful place to move to if you are looking for a smaller town and slower pace than the big city without losing the benefits of living in a more metropolitan area.
Fayetteville has a wonderful, quirky vibe that has something for everyone. I was not a nature lover until I came here and experienced the beautiful places it had to offer and the experiences that came with it. I love local shops and boutiques (Fayetteville is full of them!) and there is a lot of nightlife and diversity thanks to the university. The only thing I would want to improve is the safety. Overall, it is very safe but in the last few years there have been some crazy things happen. Of course that happens in every city, but it would be nice to see it stepped up a notch!