Don’t let the modest profile fool you. Springdale, Arkansas, is an ideal location for Explorers starting their healthcare careers in the U.S. Springdale, the fourth-largest city in the state, sits at the foothills of the scenic Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. Affordable living, natural beauty, and a durable local economy earned the area recognition as the tenth-best place to live in the country! Springdale welcomes Explorers looking for a fulfilling career in a thriving community.
Arkansas may not be Hollywood, but the razorback state could have its own Walk of Fame. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, NBA Milwaukee Bucks’ star Bobbie Portis and former star Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen, best-selling author John Grisham, and music legend Johnny Cash are among the many celebrities and accomplished people who hail from the razorback state. Explorers will enjoy the benefits of being near a major university and the perks of all four seasons. January is the coldest month, with average lows in the upper 20s and highs in the upper 40s, and July is the hottest month, with average lows in the low 70s and highs in the low 90s.
There are several highly-ranked medical facilities in the Springdale/Northwest Arkansas area. U.S. News & World Report ranks Washington Regional Medical Center (in nearby Fayetteville) No. 1 in the state. Arkansas Children’s Hospital-Northwest and Physicians’ Specialty Hospital are also in the area.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 12.9 percent below the national rate
- Population: 87,672 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Sale Price: $295,000
- Average Rent: $863
- Median Household Income: $56,144
- Per Capita Income: $27,476
- Live below the poverty line: 15.1 percent
- Median Age: 31.8 years
- Average commute time: 18.9 minutes
Explorers can enroll younger family members in the Springdale Public Schools district.
- Overall grade: A- (niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 15 to 1
- Serving: 22,663 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Explorers wishing to further their education or a family member looking to take classes will find several colleges and universities in the Northwest Arkansas area, including the University of Arkansas in neighboring Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and Northwest Technical Institute.
Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) Download the ORT app for routes, schedules, and bus trackers. ORT services Springdale, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, and the 490 Express.
Northwest Arkansas National Airport XNA is just a 20-minute drive from Springdale. Explorers can chose from an average of 30 daily flights to cities across the country, including New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Denver.
Christ of the Ozarks Constructed in 1966, the Christ of the Ozarks, atop Magnetic Mountain, is a popular tourist attraction similar to the Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro. Arkansas’ version is 67 feet tall and 65 feet wide from finger tip to finger tip.
University of Arkansas The university is an asset to its students and the surrounding community. Explorers can use the campus library and attend musical performances, theater productions, art exhibits, speaking events, and more.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Dedicated in 1909, the church is a landmark listed on the National Historic Register in nearby Eureka Springs.
Blanchard Springs Caverns Hike 366 feet into the earth on a 1.2-mile-long trail exploring the underground world of the caverns. See stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones, climb over rocks, crawl through tight spaces, and experience red clay mudslides.
Downtown Springdale Tour more than 20 murals throughout downtown. Catch a movie during the summer movie series at the Apollo. Enjoy happy hour at one of the many bars or grab a bite to eat at the brewhouse or taqueria.
Shopping Shop from local boutiques and other small businesses from across the region at Midtown Shops.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art From great works of art by renowned painters such as Diego Rivera to architectural masterpieces such as the Bachman-Wilson House by Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum provides Explorers with a full day of entertainment and inspiration.
Train Ride Hop aboard the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad for a scenic excursion through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
Helicopter Ride Get a helicopter tour with a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous Arkansas scenery. Take your pick from a tour of the Northwest, downtown, or Beaver Laker and Crystal Bridges.
Beaver Lake Beaver Lake is a hot spot for outdoor activity and fun: Camping, boating, hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing. Explorers can also take advantage of trails for biking, horseback riding, and spelunking in nearby caves.
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