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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 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
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
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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%

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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.
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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!
Fayetteville is evolving into a wonderful place. With numerous musical events, restaurants, shows, and even a well-planned park system, Fayetteville has plenty to do. NW Arkansas is home to three major Fortune 500 companies, so there is no shortage of employment opportunities, but there are numerous local businesses of the artisan and tech sort. Locally sourced resources are of no shortage. Old-town Fayetteville is beautiful, and the cost-of-living is 100% reasonable for the area. I cannot imagine leaving Fayetteville any time soon. Small towns with excellent schools are nearby for those hoping to live a slightly slower lifestyle.