Bella Vista Arkansas – Nationally Ranked by USNews & World Report
10 best places to raise your kids
# 3. Bella Vista, Ark.
Population: 28,581 Great Schools city score: 10 Median family income: $68,552 Percent of income spent on housing: 16.1% County unemployment rate: 5.1% Nearest city: Fayetteville, Ark. Originally a planned retirement community, Bella Vista is no longer just for grandma and grandpa. Many families have moved in. Children can enjoy fishing in the town’s seven lakes. The district’s Bentonville High School offers an international baccalaureate program and various learning tracks based on students’ interests.
Bella Vista snags top spot for families in Arkansas
Submitted by The City Wire Staff on Sun, 01/20/2013 – 12:25am
The once sleepy retirement village of Bella Vista nestled in the scenic Ozark foothills was recently tagged the “Best Place to Raise Kids in Arkansas” by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Last month the publication evaluated more than 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000 using such metrics as public school performance, housing costs, employment rates and safety. Now an incorporated city of 28,581 residents, Bella Vista has a median family income of $68,552 and unemployment rate of 5.1%. Housing costs as a percentage of income are 16.1%. The schools which are part of the Bentonville, Pea Ridge and Gravette school districts also rank very high, according to the report published Dec. 21.
The Bloomberg report states “Bella Vista is no longer just for Grandma and Grandpa.”
Bella Vista Village is a 36,000-acre recreational community and retirement destination in Northwest Arkansas offering 126 holes of golf, seven private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails and other amenities. The private, member-based community of 38,400 resident and nonresident property owners is located within Bella Vista, Ark., a newly incorporated city with nearly 29,000 residents.
Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine