Affordability and a lower crime rate for comparable-sized cities make Bentonville, Arkansas, a popular real estate destination. Real estate agents in the area say properties downtown are the hot ticket. With new construction inventory up 26.8 percent, buyers have a choice of refurbished homes or newly built houses and condos in the heart of and outside center city. MountData.com classified 2014 as the third best housing year for the region with most activity in Benton County where Bentonville is located.
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated 2013 population of Bentonville is 40,167. It is the headquarters of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. Other major employers are the Bentonville School District, Benton County, and Northwest Arkansas Community College. The 31.5-square-mile city is serviced by the North Arkansas Regional Airport. The Ozark Regional Transit System covers the four-county region with bus service. U.S. News ranked Bentonville High number two out of the top 10 high schools in Arkansas. Bentonville has four distinct seasons; July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 89 degrees, and January temperatures average 46 degrees. Cold air is often blocked by the Ozark Mountains.