One of America's Most Dynamic Regional Economies

Supported by a strong regional economy and a rapidly growing workforce, Northwest Arkansas
has been one of the
fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country over the past 25 years.

  •  A large concentration of Northwest Arkansas-based corporate headquarters, led by Walmart ($482 billion), Tyson ($41 billion), JB Hunt ($6 billion), Simmons Foods ($1.5 billion), PAM Transport ($400 million), and America's Car Mart ($400 million). 
  • Add to that over 1,450 subsidiaries of corporate offices, and it puts Northwest Arkansas in a unique position of employing nearly seven times the number of people in corporate headquarters and subsidiary offices when compared to the US average.
  • Led by the University of Arkansas, John Brown University, and NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Northwest Arkansas is a center of higher education.  Over 37,000 college students attend universities and colleges in Northwest Arkansas, giving companies a talent-rich pipeline of potential employees.
  • Much of Northwest Arkansas' growth is centered around Corporate Services, Food, Logistics, and Education.
  • The fastest growing occupations are currently in Health Care, Information Technology, and Corporate Services.

You can find industry/occupational information below, economic indicators at the bottom of the page,
and community / site specific data by following the links at the top of the page.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY, 2016

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REGIONAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS (Center for Business and Economic Research - University of Arkansas)