Springdale, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball team, is the state's fourth-largest city, with a population of approximately 60,000. Unemployment in the area is below the national average (6.8 percent, as of March, 2011), while the national average was 9.1 percent for the same period. Manufacturing, sales and administration are the main occupations, with a median wage of $24,452. The city is also home to the largest number of Marshallese outside of the Marshall Islands, who cite readily available jobs, the low cost of living and good schools as reasons for relocating to the area.
Springdale is headquarters to Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world's leading poultry producers and the largest employer in the area. It is for this reason that the poultry industry has dubbed the city the "chicken capital of the world." In addition, Walmart's Home Office is located in the town of Bentonville, which is 16 miles north of Springdale. There is also a Walmart Supercenter in Springdale. These two facilities make Walmart the second largest employer of Springdale residents.
With a median listing price of $185,000 and a median sales price of $101,000, it is possible to purchase a reasonably priced family home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms in Springdale. The relatively stable employment market, which has seen a 36 percent increase since the year 2000, is causing growth in the city and an increase in residential development. The most popular zip codes are the 72762 and 72764 areas.
The city has 19 elementary, eight middle and seven high schools, the majority of which are public. Springdale School District 50 covers the city. In the 2008 to 2009 school year the state used the Benchmark Exam standards-based test to measure students from grades 3 through 8 in literacy and math and grade 11 in literacy. Results showed that 50 to 60 percent of students were at or above the state average level.
The city is racially diverse, with a makeup that is 58 percent Caucasian, 34 percent Hispanic, two percent Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, two percent Asian, one percent African American and other races making up the remainder. The median age in Springdale is 31. Fifty-one percent of the population is married. There are a wealth of entertainment opportunities in the area including golf courses, restaurants, malls and movie theaters. Baseball fans can support the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (formerly the Wichita Wranglers), who play at Arvest Ballpark at the corner of 56th and Watkins.
In the past decade, Springdale's crime rate has been at, or slightly higher than the national average. As of 2007, 63 percent of the city's 1,996 incidents were in the form of thefts. Burglaries accounted for an additional 20 percent of the crime, and rapes and assaults each accounted for another two percent.
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