Springdale has been named the nation's 45th Best City to Live in a new ranking released last week by 24/7 Wall St. The website considered 590 cities with at least 65,000 residents for its list of America's 50 Best Cities to Live.
Only the top performing city in each county was considered in the ranking. No other city in Arkansas made the list.
Data was collected in nine major categories: crime, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure. You can read the ranking's methodology here.
The 24/7 Wall St. ranking, unlike many other ratings, specifically considered the city of Springdale rather than the entire Northwest Arkansas region.
"The methodology used by 24/7 Wall St. was very comprehensive," said Perry Webb, Chamber president. "Without a doubt, our strong economy, job creation and population growth are major factors every time Springdale gets mentioned in national rankings. It's great to also get credit for our incredible public schools, outstanding healthcare and hometown affordability."
In its commentary, the ranking highlighted Springdale's population growth, healthy economy, low unemployment rate, incomes that are 7% higher than the state average, a low cost of living (17% less than the United States as a whole), exceptional schools and healthcare, low crime rate, short commute times and resident access to quality leisure activities.
Carmel, IN, a suburb of Indianapolis, came in as the No. 1 Most Livable City in the ranking, followed by a pair of Denver suburbs -- Centennial and Arvada, CO.
View all 50 cities included in the 24/7 Wall St. list here.
Earlier this month, the latest WalletHub ranking of the Fastest Growing Cities in America moved Springdale up to 6th fastest growing small city (fewer than 100,000 population) and 17th fastest growing among all 515 cities considered.
Note: The above article is courtesy of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.