Northwest Arkansas Among Best Midsize Cities for Jobs, Forbes Says

Northwest Arkansas is ranked by Forbes as one of the nation’s best when it comes to its impressive job growth.

The region sits at No. 2 for the third consecutive year on a Forbes' list of Best Midsize Cities for Jobs. Northwest Arkansas ranks No. 10 overall this year. The magazine published the ranking last week.

The Forbes ranking is based on short-, medium- and long-term job growth dating back to 2006, and the publication evaluated all of the nation’s 422 metropolitan statistical areas. The Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA) job growth was 2.14 percent in 2017, Forbes reported.

The only midsize metro to perform better than Northwest Arkansas this year was the Provo-Orem MSA in Utah.

Northwest Arkansas is a consistent strong performer on the Forbes' list of Best Midsize Cities for Jobs. Prior to ranking No. 2 for the past three years, it ranked No. 3 in 2015, and No. 10 in 2014.