Bentonville, the driving force of business in Northwest Arkansas, is home to one of the world’s most famous companies: Walmart. Since its founding in 1950, Walmart has grown from a single location to an international powerhouse with over 10,000 stores. Its founders and owners, the Walton family, have left a major mark on Bentonville. Today, they are the city’s top employers and a key to the local economy. In addition, the Waltons fund a variety of community-enhancing projects, including Crystal Bridges Museum, Thaden School, and The Momentary.
But there’s much more to know about the greater Bentonville region. With a population of more than 66,000, the city forms part of the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Area. It’s one of the state’s leaders in growth and prosperity. It’s also well-known as a consistent leader in community safety.
A love of arts and culture is central to Bentonville’s character and identity. The world-famous Crystal Bridges Museum serves as home to artworks from a number of acknowledged U.S. masters. The Momentary, which focuses on contemporary art, widens the scope of first-class offerings even further. The Museum of Native American History highlights the culture, art, and history of Arkansas’ first peoples. Other beloved and important Bentonville institutions include:
- The Walmart Museum, housed next to the first Walton’s 5 and 10 store
- Bentonville public library
- The children-centric Scott Family Amazeum
- 21C Museum Hotel
- The Bentonville Film Festival
Bentonville is also a notable hub of outdoor activity in Northwest Arkansas. The city features almost two dozen parks and extensive hiking and biking trails. In addition, it’s home to Lake Bentonville and the Melvin Ford Aquatics Center. To learn more about life in this vibrant community, check out the many resources provided by the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce, Visit Bentonville, and the City of Bentonville.
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