Not only is the cost of doing business in Arkansas one of the lowest in the nation, the average cost of living for all of Arkansas’ metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) is consistently below the national average. Businesses also enjoy low tax obligations through a variety of incentives, exemptions, credits and refunds.
As of 2018, Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Arkansas: Dillard’s, J.B. Hunt, Murphy USA, Tyson Foods, Walmart and Windstream.
Arkansas’ unemployment rate remains well below the national average.
Arkansas is ranked in the top 10 in percentage of clean technology jobs in the workforce, according to a September 2012 report by DBL Investors.
Arkansas’ education system ranks fifth in the nation, according to Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report for 2013.
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences & the Arts in Hot Springs was ranked #13 in the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek.
In 2017, Forbes named Fayetteville, Little Rock and Fort Smith among the top MSAs in the U.S. for Business and Careers. Making the magazine’s list of “Best Small Places for Business and Careers” were Jonesboro, Hot Springs and Pine Bluff.