Fayetteville is the second largest and one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas. Proximity to major employers, high quality of life and University of Arkansas enrollment are just a few reasons why Fayetteville’s population has grown so significantly – currently, about 4,000 people annually, or 11 per day.
Housing stock across the city has not kept up with population growth, which has contributed to low vacancy rates and increasing housing costs. More than 1,000 additional housing units per year are needed to accommodate Fayetteville’s population growth projections.
The City of Fayetteville is pursuing multiple avenues to help address housing needs and improve access to housing for its current and future residents. This includes implementing long-range plans focused on housing, recommending rezoning strategies to prioritize infill, investing in infrastructure, working with non-profit organizations and more.
City staff provided a series of housing reports to City Council in Fall 2023. The reports, linked below, help identify the scope of needs and opportunities around affordable housing in Fayetteville: