Springdale is nestled in the Ozark Mountains in the northwest corner of Arkansas and encompasses both rural and urban areas. Known for its rodeos, parks, and hunting and fishing grounds, Springdale has a population of about 66,000. Springdale measures approximately 31 square miles and spans Washington and Benton counties. It is a family-oriented town with some of the best employment, school, and safety indicators in the state. In 2008, BusinessWeek magazine named Springdale the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in Arkansas.
Springdale has been booming over the past few decades. During the last 20 years, the population has doubled, spurring plenty of new construction in the area. In fact, most of the houses in Springdale were built after 1980, with new subdivisions and developments popping up all the time. The city has housing types ranging from high-end single-family homes to multifamily rental units.
Springdale is demographically much more diverse than it used to be: the population is about 74 percent white and 20 percent Hispanic.
The city's violent crime rate is below the Arkansas average, adding to its family-friendly reputation.
Poultry processing put Springdale on the map and even gave it its nicknames: Chickendale and Chicken Capital of the World. The world's largest poultry (and beef and pork) processor, Tyson Foods, Inc., has had its headquarters in Springdale since its founding in the 1930s. Tyson is the area's largest employer and provides jobs to thousands of residents in the region, both at the factory and the corporate levels. In 2007, Tyson opened its Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art food science research and development facility intended to create and market new products. Poultry processors Cargill, Inc. and George's Inc. also have facilities in Springdale.
The city has significant amounts of both heavy and light manufacturing and is buoyed by the strength of its retail and hospitality sectors.
Health care also accounts for a big part of Springdale's economy. The city is home to two hospitals - Northwest Medical Center and Willow Creek Women's Hospital - and is also a regional hub for mental health services. Springdale's Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute was the first in the region to provide dedicated cancer treatment.
In 2008, Springdale acquired a minor league baseball team when the Wichita Wranglers relocated from Kansas. The team, which is now known as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, plays in the Arvest Ballpark, which seats 6,500.
Dozens of radio stations serve the area, including:
TV broadcast stations serving Springdale include:
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