Fayetteville has maintained its position as a desirable location to live, garnering a spot on a national best places to live list.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Fayetteville as the eighth best city to live in the United States. The publication cited the Northwest Arkansas city’s “low cost of living compared with household income, strong population growth due to net migration and high quality of life scores” as factors contributing to its high placement on the list.
In a city scorecard, U.S. News and World Report gave Fayetteville an overall 7.3 rank out of a possible 10 ranking, with its highest score coming for value, ranked at 8.3. It also scored high marks for quality of life and net migration with scores of 7.2 and 7.9, respectively. Fayetteville’s job market was ranked at 6.9, and its desirability was ranked at 5.8.
Boulder, Colorado took the top spot on the list, followed by Denver at no. 2 and Austin, Texas at no. 3.
Fayetteville also landed on U.S. News and World Report’s Best 25 Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-2021. It was ranked as the fourth most affordable city in the United States.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Fayetteville has an average annual salary of $46,470 with 19.99 percent of income, or approximately $8,917.59, spent on living expenses.
Huntsville, Ala. was declared the most affordable city in the United States for the 2020-2021 list.