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Centerton, Arkansas
Location of Centerton in Benton County, Arkansas.
Location of Centerton in Benton County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Benton
 • Total 13.78 sq mi (35.69 km2)
 • Land 13.64 sq mi (35.33 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.35 km2)
1,253 ft (382 m)
 • Total 17,792
 • Density 1,304.21/sq mi (503.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-12820
GNIS feature ID 0076573

Centerton is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. Located west of Bentonville on Highway 102, Centerton has grown from a railroad stop and fruit orchard community in the early 20th century into a suburban bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas (NWA) region. The city's population has grown from 491 in 1990 to 16,244 in 2019.


A tornado destroyed 40 homes, damaged 150, and injured 12 people on March 12, 2006.


Centerton is located near the center of Benton County at 36°21′42″N 94°17′12″W / 36.36167°N 94.28667°W / 36.36167; -94.28667 (36.361541, -94.286543). Arkansas Highway 102 runs through the center of the city and leads east 5 miles (8 km) to Bentonville and west 11 miles (18 km) to Decatur.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.9 square miles (30.8 km2), of which 11.7 square miles (30.4 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.13%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 212
1930 206 −2.8%
1940 219 6.3%
1950 200 −8.7%
1960 177 −11.5%
1970 312 76.3%
1980 425 36.2%
1990 491 15.5%
2000 2,146 337.1%
2010 9,515 343.4%
2020 17,792 87.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Centerton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 12,412 69.76%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 618 3.47%
Native American 199 1.12%
Asian 928 5.22%
Pacific Islander 32 0.18%
Other/Mixed 1,275 7.17%
Hispanic or Latino 2,328 13.08%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,792 people, 4,996 households, and 3,776 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census Centerton had a population of 9,515. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 78.7% non-Hispanic white, 3.5% non-Hispanic black, 1.2% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from two or more races and 12.2% Hispanic or Latino.



The Northwest Arkansas economy was historically based upon agriculture and poultry. In recent decades, NWA has seen rapid growth and diversification of its economy based upon the big companies based there, Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt, and Pinnacle Emergency Vehicles, while also seeing a growing University of Arkansas and cultural amenities sector. Although impacted by the Great Recession, NWA's economy fared better than most peer metropolitan areas, the state of Arkansas and the United States overall. Between 2007 and 2013, the region saw unemployment rates significantly below those of peer regions and the national average; while also seeing a 1% net growth of jobs. The NWA gross domestic product grew 7.0% over the aforementioned time period, and bankruptcies, building permits and per capita incomes are returning to pre-Recession rates.

The professional, education and health care sectors of the Northwest Arkansas economy have been growing steadily since 2007. Between 2007 and 2013, the region has seen a growth of 8,300 jobs in the region, with 6,100 added in education and health professions and 4,300 jobs added in the leisure and hospitality jobs related to the region's cultural amenities. The government and transportation sectors have remained relatively constant between 2007 and 2013, however the manufacturing sector has seen steady decline, mirroring national averages. The construction and real estate sectors saw large declines attributable to the poor housing market during the economic downturn.


Public education for elementary and secondary students in The City of Centerton is provided by Bentonville School District, which leads to graduation from Bentonville West High School. Centerton is home to 3 of the district's schools. Centerton Gamble Elementary School serves kindergarten through grade 4 Grimsley Junior High School for 7 and 8 and Bentonville West High School, which serves grade 9 to grade 12 (graduation). Centerton is also home to one of Northwest Arkansas's private schools. Lifeway Christian School serves preschool through grade 12 and is based in the city's First Baptist Church Centerton.

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