Is One of the fastest growing cities
Widening roads to make room for traffic growth on highway 412
The state highway department, ARDOT, is looking at a massive expansion proposal covering both Benton and Washington counties. As the growth of Northwest Arkansas continues, more people are moving into the area’s smaller cities and towns. But those roads are reaching their limit to handle traffic safely. ARDOT wants to double or triple the capacity of Highway 112 — not only to handle the current traffic needs but to save lives as well, officials said. Plans are in motion to expand Highway 112 from where it meets Highway 12 in Bentonville, 12 1/2 miles south to the intersection with Highway 412 in Tontitown. This is only the first step in an overall expansion of Highway 112 as ARDOT also wants to widen the road from Highway 412 in Tontitown to Fayetteville. If all goes according to plan, work on the first phase of the project in Bentonville could get underway in early 2023. (Watch this 40/29 new video)
The Best Cities for Bikes
Even though Rogers is one of the fastest growing cities in the heart of Northwest Arkansas, it retains much of its charm in its downtown section. Families can ride their bikes downtown to go to shop at the farmer’s market or other local shops, eat out and enjoy other activities that are taking place downtown. In the downtown area, you can access the Razorback Greenway Trails which is part of the 22-mile Greenways and Trails system to ride bikes or walk the trails. In 2020 Rogers was ranked 6th out of 550 cities as “The Best Cities for Bikes”. Arkansas has an average of 218 clear days a year, with four seasons. While the summers tend to be hot and humid, the weather and temperatures change frequently providing plenty of time to enjoy outside activities.
In addition to the downtown area of Rogers, a new “Uptown” is developing which includes the new Pinnacle Hills multiuse development facility. Construction began in 2019 on the development that will include multi-family units, live-work units, retail and commercial space as well as restaurants and a hotel. A couple of other multi-use developments are also in process.
As one of the fastest growing cities, it has a diverse population and community leaders and others are working to ensure that newcomers are easily integrated into the community. The area of Rogers-Lowell places a strong emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) through programs and educational outreach. The Chamber of Commerce for these cities received the Nonprofit Trailblazer Award at the 2019 LatinXNA Empowerment Forum.
Commute usually only takes 20-30 minutes to Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Springdale. Some of the world’s largest companies are located in these cities. A couple of examples of some of these companies include Walmart, JB Hunt, and Tyson Foods corporate headquarters.
Lower cost of living than the National average
Rogers is a good place to live for singles, older adults as well families. Some of reasons so many choose to live in Rogers include: a lower cost of living than the national average, a low crime rate, a diverse population, a number of health care facilities in the area including the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, a large number of things to do including all types of outdoor activities, museums, artistic and musical entertainment and learning opportunities. There are also numerous public and private schools from preschool to high school located in Rogers.
In addition to the Greenway Trails, Rogers is home to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) which is Northwest Arkansas premiere outdoor concert venue that attracts big name performers and groups, the first TopGolf location in Arkansas, the Arkansas Public Theatre for live productions, a number of festivals, fishing and golf tournaments, parades, motor cycle rallies and arts and crafts fairs. The city has around 20 parks, a new natural surface bike park, an aquatics Center, a free skate and splash park, 26 regional athletic fields, and a regional sports park.
Beaver Lake, a nationally renowned lake for fishing, is located about 10 miles from downtown Rogers. Numerous other outdoor activities are available on or around the lake area including Hobbs State Park.
Moving to Northwest Arkansas
If you are relocating, buying in, living in, or moving to within the heart of Northwest Arkansas, I highly recommend you taking a look at this relocation guide to help with your move.
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