SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — This week, the Northwest Arkansas Council published its 2022 Diversity Report, which highlights Northwest Arkansas’ rapidly growing and diversifying population as well as the benefits these changes can bring.
Much of the report reflects longstanding realities and the Council’s previous findings. Enrollment in Springdale and Rogers school districts, among the state’s largest, remains mostly Hispanic, Marshallese and other diverse populations. Bentonville’s population is still skyrocketing both in overall number and proportion of Latino and Asian residents.
The report also gives an updated picture of the region’s growing success in leveraging that diversity into social and economic well-being. Local programs in entrepreneurship, workforce development, health care and other sectors are making it a priority to reach those communities as well as women and LGBTQ+ people.