Dubbed as the “Gateway to Florida,” Dothan is conveniently located on U.S. Hwy. 231, connecting Interstates 65 and 85 to Interstate 10. Its location in Southeast Alabama, equally distant from Montgomery, Albany, and Tallahassee, make it a destination for recreation, business, industry, agriculture, healthcare, and retail.
This growing city and thriving community was built around landmarks of the past and prides itself on the friendliness and southern hospitality that its deep Southern roots provide. Dothan Regional Airport makes travel in and out of the area a breeze and the Gulf of Mexico is just a quick drive away.
Agriculture is especially important to the Dothan community since over half of the peanuts grown in the United States originate from this area. The National Peanut Festival marks this designation during harvest every November and cements the title for Dothan as “Peanut Capital of the World.”
Enterprise, Ala.—population 26,563 (2012 census)—has been named one of the best places to live in America by several national publications, including Money Magazine. One of the fastest growing cities in the state, Enterprise sits near the border of western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. It’s approximately 100 miles from both Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, Fla., and Montgomery, Ala. Enterprise’s school system is ranked in the top 10 statewide, and boasts one junior college, Enterprise-Ozark Community College. A vibrant arts city, Enterprise is best known for hosting the largest annual music festival in the South, the three-day BamaJam Music Festival, which has featured the likes of Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and many more.
Established in 1836 as Arkansas first county seat, Bentonville’s historic character is alive and well, with 72 well-preserved historic buildings and homes, including the famed Peel House Mansion and Historical Gardens, 140 Civil War sites, and—in the town square—Walmart founder Sam Walton’s original variety store, now home to the Walmart Museum. Within walking distance of the square: The Walton family’s 100-acre Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Thanks to the impact of thousands of business travelers, Walmart vendors, and the city’s 34,000 residents, Bentonville boasts a thriving downtown with exceptional shopping and dining venues, festivals, events, and the chic and modern 21C Museum Hotel.
Conway, Arkansas is home to three institutions of higher education, making the city's population relatively young and well educated. Conway's strong community spirit, high-performing schools and colleges, family friendly recreation, and vibrant economy continue to attract visitors, residents, and businesses to the city. For two consecutive years, CNN Money, Fortune Magazine, and Money Magazine have listed Faulkner County among the top 25 places in the nation for job growth. Soon central Arkansas residents will have access to a new shopping center at the site of the current airport, further establishing Conway as a regional shopping hub. The downtown area is lures residents with trendy boutiques, antique stores, and restaurants. Furthermore, a mix of national chains and locally owned stores offer convenient neighborhood shopping throughout Conway.
El Dorado, AR
Beautiful, historic El Dorado, Ark., has a population of about 18,500. Located about two hours north of Shreveport, La. and south of Little Rock, Ark., El Dorado boasts a variety of industries beyond education and healthcare, including energy and professional services. Residents of El Dorado are eligible for the El Dorado Promise, a scholarship program that covers up to five years of college tuition for any graduate of El Dorado High School attending an accredited university in the United States.
Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs, Arkansas is home to Hot Springs National Park, making it a popular tourist destination. The area offers an affordable cost of living, friendly residents, eleven championship golf courses, pristine lakes for fishing and boating, excellent schools, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Little Rock, AR
Little Rock, Ark., is the capital and most populous city in Arkansas. It is a cultural, economic, government, and transportation center within Arkansas and within the nation. The city is home to the headquarters of many major corporations, including Dillards, Acxiom, and Heifer International. Major employers in the area include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Timex, Entergy, and more. The city’s rich history, big-time entertainment venues, and vibrant dining scene make it a popular vacation destination and a great place work and live.
Pine Bluff, AR
Pine Bluff is located less than an hour from Little Rock, Arkansas in the heart of a rich agricultural region. In addition to agriculture, major employers in the area include Tyson Foods, Evergreen Packaging, Pine Bluff Arsenal, and Union Pacific Railroad. Pine Bluff is home to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and Southeast Arkansas College as well as four public school districts and several private schools. Pine Bluff residents enjoy pleasant temperatures year round and great recreation opportunities on the beautiful Arkansas River, which is known for its exceptional bass fishing.
Sherwood, Arkansas is located in central Arkansas within an hour of larger hubs such as Little Rock, Ark., and North Little Rock, Ark. Several large corporations are headquartered in Sherwood, including ABC Financial, Hank’s Fine Furniture, and The Heritage Company. The city is also home to a variety of public and private schools and located near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas.
Siloam Springs, AR
Siloam Springs, Ark. -population 15,000—is located in the progressive region of Northwest Arkansas, sitting just 25 miles south of the Missouri state line and right on the Oklahoma border. Just 85 miles from Tulsa, this pretty hamlet was named “One of the Best Small Towns In America” by Smithsonian Magazine. Siloam boasts a prosperous downtown, a school district U.S. News and World Report ranked No. 22 in the state, and more than 700 small businesses and a dozen large companies with 200-plus employees. Siloam is also home to John Brown University, a private Christian university ranked No. 1 in “Best Value” among southern regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and named one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes.