For the second year in a row, Fayetteville has been named as one of the best college towns in the nation! Livability.com recently released its annual list of the Top 10 Best College Towns, which ranked Fayetteville as No. 4. The website, which provides data for small- and medium-sized cities, also compiles annual best-of lists based on the data it collects throughout the year. It lists Fayetteville with a population just shy of 76,000 and a median income of $37,383.
This is the fifth year Livability.com has published its best-of list for college towns. It’s Fayetteville’s second appearance on the list. The city was named No. 9 in 2013. Livability.com‘s ranking criteria included affordable housing, educational attainment, walkability and student population.
This year, cities were divided up by their college’s Football Bowl Subdivision conference and then ranked within each group before compiling the list. That means Fayetteville beat out all other SEC college towns, and was then ranked as the fourth-best in the nation.
Dust off those pom poms and practice your Hog Calls! 2014 Homecoming celebrations are underway at the University of Arkansas. There are plenty of ways to be part of Homecoming. Don't miss the Senior Walk Dedication from 3 to 4:30 p.m or the beloved Homecoming Parade down Dickson Street at 7 p.m., both on October 24th. It all culminates on Saturday, October 25, as the University of Arkansas Razorback Football team takes on UAB at 11 a.m. - - Make plans now to spend the weekend on the HIll!
You can also save a life by donating blood during the Red Cross Blood Drive on October 15th and 16th. Not in town? No problem! We’re also hosting satellite blood drives in selected areas.
Another way to get involved is by attending the Homecoming Chili Cook-Off or Create-A-Hog event. Donations at these events will contribute towards local philanthropic efforts, supporting the 7Hills Homeless Shelter, Student Alumni Association Scholarship fund, or the Off Campus Connections Scholarship.
Celebrating its 21st year, the Lights of the Ozarks festival is the highlight of the holiday season in Fayetteville and is a featured stop on the state’s Arkansas Holiday Trail of Lights. The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department installs the lights over 6 weeks, a process that begins in October each year and takes over 3,000 man hours. Approximately 400,000 bulbs are hung and the lights are 100% LED.
The lighting night parade will begin at the Fayetteville Public Library and will head east on Mountain, north on East Avenue, west on Center Street, north on Block, west on Dickson Street and south on School, ending back at the library.