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Bentonville, Arkansas
—  City  —
Location in Benton County and the state of Arkansas
Coordinates: 36°22′0″N 94°12′48″W / 36.366667°N 94.21333°W / 36.366667; -94.21333
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Benton
 - Mayor Bob McCaslin[1]
 - Total 21.2 sq mi (55 km2)
 - Land 21.2 sq mi (55 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,296 ft (395 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 33,744
 Density 930.7/sq mi (358.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72712, 72716
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-05320
GNIS feature ID 0076305
Monument in homage to James H. Berry, the Confederacy, and the Southern Soldier, called by many "Feddy," located in the town square of Bentonville, facing the Wal-Mart Visitor Center
Sam Walton's original Walton's Five and Dime, now the Wal-Mart Visitor's Center, in the center of Bentonville

Bentonville is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 19,730 at the 2000 census. The 2007 US Census estimates that the population of the city was 33,744, ranking it as the state's 11th largest city, behind Hot Springs. [2]. It is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bentonville is the county seat of Benton County[3]. The headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores, the largest retailer in the world, as well as that of The Whistler Group, a major US manufacturer of radar detectors, are located in Bentonville.



Bentonville is located at 36°22′0″N 94°12′48″W / 36.366667°N 94.21333°W / 36.366667; -94.21333[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.3 square miles (55.1 km²), of which, 21.2 square miles (55.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 19,730 people, 7,458 households, and 5,265 families residing in the city. The city grew substantially in the 1990s; the 1990 population was 11,257 and the city is expected to reach 50,000 people by the year 2030. According to the US Census, Bentonville and surrounding communities in Benton County is second in growth for Arkansas and among the 100 fastest growing counties in the United States.[citation needed]

The population density was 928.9 people per square mile (358.7/km²). There were 7,924 housing units at an average density of 373.1/sq mi (144.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.92% White, 0.88% Black or African American, 1.33% Native American, 2.40% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.68% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. 6.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The 2005 Special Census reported 24,837 Whites/non-Hispanic whites (86.8%), 2,428 Hispanics of any race (8.5%), 1,135 Asians (4.0%), and 510 Blacks/African Americans 1.8%. Bentonville is home to a significant large Hispanic immigrant community, consisting of Mexicans and nationalities from Central America such as El Salvador and Honduras, came to find blue-collar jobs in the area's booming economy during the 1990s and 2000's.

There were 7,458 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% are classified as non-families by the United States Census Bureau. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.11.

Bentonville is a popular real estate destination for senior citizens and families with young children for quite some time, due to relative affordability, lower crime rates for a city its' size and a social conservative culture known in Northwest Arkansas. Bentonville and Benton County is said to have the most registered Republican voters of the state by its rural character, small town values and new suburban characteristics.[citation needed]

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 34.2% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,936, and the median income for a family was $46,558. Males had a median income of $31,816 versus $23,761 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,831. 10.3% of the population and 7.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.7% are under the age of 18 and 10.9% are 65 or older.

Famous residents of Bentonville include: Sam Walton-founder of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, D.Z. Rife-interior designer, Tim Summers-State Rep, Arkansas State District 99 and Dana Sargent-the main anchor for "Fox 24 News Edge", the first ever local primetime news cast.

Bentonville is served by Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, which also serves Fayetteville, Arkansas and Springdale, Arkansas.

  • Update to the information above:

Special Census finds that Bentonville has grown by 9,000 since 2000

Historical figures[6]
Year Population
1900 1,800
1940 2,400
1950 2,900
1960 3,600
1970 5,500
1980 8,800
1990 11,300
2000 19,730



Crystal Bridges is a planned $50,000,000 museum of American Art located within walking distance of downtown Bentonville, AR. *The official homepage of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Planning and Development

Planners see I-540 overtaxed in future An article concerning long range planning, population and traffic studies for NW Arkansas.

The ECHL, a minor-league professional ice hockey league, is coming to Bentonville in the Arkansas Sports & Entertainment Complex, a 9,500 seat multi-use complex.

In late-August 2006, civic officials in Bentonville began talks with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the hopes to attract a team from the NBA Development League or a Women's National Basketball Association franchise.

March 12th, 2006 Tornado

Notable residents


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