In 2016, US News and World Report named
Fayetteville the third best place to live in the U.S., behind Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. In 2017, Fayetteville fell a bit in the rankings. US News and World Report ranked Fayetteville the fifth best place to live in the nation. That choice appears to have made the good people in the city of Seattle, or at least the good people of the Seattle Times, a tad upset. Their Facebook post declaring their place right behind Fayetteville on the list expressed disbelief that they’d been beaten out by a city in Arkansas. It’s okay, Seattle, it’s so dreary up there…we understand if you’re cranky.
Regardless of how other cities feel about Fayetteville, this little city is undeniably awesome for all the reasons listed below and more. Even if you don’t want to live there, you have to admit you just can’t beat all the awesome in Fayetteville.
Arkansans can visit locally-owned Savoy Tea Company to celebrate the awesomeness of the Natural State's third largest city.
Savoy’s Fayetteville location can be found at 19 East Center Street.
That’s part of Fayetteville’s charm, honestly. A growing economy in Northwest Arkansas means small business is thriving, and Fayetteville’s small businesses are as charming as they come.
Some of those businesses are longstanding institutions. Like the Dickson Street Bookshop, for example.
You can find it at 325 West Dickson Street.
Speaking of Dickson Street, Fayetteville’s downtown area is totally worth exploring.
The University of Arkansas's flagship campus helps Fayetteville remain a thriving town.
Education is something the U.S. News and World Report took into consideration as well.
In addition to the U of A, Fayetteville’s public schools some of the best performing schools in the state.
Fayetteville’s community events are frequent and impressively well-attended.
And access to nature? No problem. Fayetteville’s location in the Ozarks makes it easy to get out of town and enjoy the Natural State.
But if you’re staying close to town, Lake Fayetteville is also a lovely place.
Sports fans are grateful to live near the home of the Razorbacks.
Cost of living in Fayetteville may be a bit higher than some other places in Arkansas because it’s become such a desirable place to live, but it’s still so much cheaper than most other cities.
In fact, Business Insider named Fayetteville the very best city to live in with a median home price of under $250,000.
Business Insider cited a quote from a local expert who said Fayetteville has grown "from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce, and entrepreneurialism."
Regardless of whether or not you actually want to move to Fayetteville, we should all be proud to live near such a cool city.
And maybe we should send some Fayettechill up north to the folks in Seattle?
For another city you should definitely visit in the Natural State,
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