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.
Residents and city leaders are extremely proud of the 18 parks that include over 20 miles of trails operated by the Bentonville Parks and Recreation Department. Educational, recreational and outdoor opportunities are available for all. The largest park surrounds Lake Bella Vista and has a perimeter fitness trail and a disc golf course. Bike Bentonville is a popular program in the city. Lawrence Plaza is an ice rink in the winter and turns into a splash park in the summer. Public art and sculptures are placed throughout the parks. Bentonville not only boasts a visitors' center that was Sam Walton's original five-and-dime store, but two major museums. Guests are often surprised by the vast collection housed in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Museum of Native American History. Bentonville celebrates cinema with a film festival each May, and the Bentonville Farmers' Market is part of the June Arts and Culinary Festival. Restaurants throughout the city, from fast food to fine dining, appeal to every taste. It's a party on First Fridays, April through November, where downtown turns into a block party of live music, food, vendors and children's activities. Of course Walmart is there, but Bentonville is also full of specialty stores that offer clothing, gifts and home d��cor. With all this to offer, it's no wonder Bentonville made Newsmax's Top 25 List of Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns.