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 ($496 billion), Tyson ($38 billion), JB Hunt ($7 billion), Simmons Foods ($1.5 billion), America's Car Mart ($587 million), and PAM Transport ($432 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 Retail Consumer Packaged Goods, 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.



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