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Rogers, Arkansas
Clockwise from top: Downtown Rogers, the Centennial Caboose, Lake Atalanta, Pinnacle Hills Promenade, War Eagle Mill
Clockwise from top: Downtown Rogers, the Centennial Caboose, Lake Atalanta, Pinnacle Hills Promenade, War Eagle Mill
Official seal of Rogers, Arkansas
"The City"
"Where Possible Lives"
Location of Rogers in Benton County, Arkansas.
Location of Rogers in Benton County, Arkansas.
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Country United States
State Arkansas
County Benton
Established 1881
Incorporated June 6, 1881
Named for Captain Charles Warrington Rogers, aka C. W. or Charles W. Rogers
 • City 39.07 sq mi (101.18 km2)
 • Land 38.90 sq mi (100.74 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Urban
281.81 sq mi (108.81 km2)
1,368 ft (417 m)
 • City 69,908
 • Density 1,797.26/sq mi (693.93/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-60410
GNIS feature ID 0054160

Rogers is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. Located in the Ozarks, it is part of the Northwest Arkansas region, one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. Rogers was the location of the first Walmart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville. Daisy Outdoor Products, known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Airgun Museum in Rogers.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 55,964. In 2019, the estimated population was 68,669, making it the sixth-most populous city in the state. Northwest Arkansas is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States, with 465,776 inhabitants as of the 2010 U.S. Census.


Centennial Caboose in Rogers Arkansas
Frisco caboose at Centennial Park, Rogers Historical District downtown. The caboose is emblematic of Rogers' railroad history.

Rogers was named after Captain Charles Warrington Rogers, who was vice-president and general manager of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway, also known as the Frisco. The town was established in 1881, the year the Frisco line arrived; it was at this time the area residents honored Captain Rogers by naming it for him. The community was incorporated on June 6, 1881.

Rogers was the location of the first Wal-Mart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas. Daisy Outdoor Products, known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Air Rifle Museum in Rogers. In June 2007, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Rogers as 18th in its list of the 25 best affordable suburbs in the American South. And in 2010, CNN Money ranked Rogers # 10 on their list of 100 Best Places to Live.

Historic commerce

The first retail business owned by the Stroud family was a store in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, which was co-owned by Allen Bryant Stroud (1831–1914) and his son Harlan Lafayette (H.L.) Stroud (1858–1950). That business was established prior to 1879 and Allen Stroud also served as postmaster at Pea Ridge for a time. In 1884, H.L. Stroud sold his interest in the Stroud store in Pea Ridge and purchased a dry goods store at the corner of First and Walnut Streets in Rogers which he named Stroud's Mercantile.

In 1887 he brought in his brother Evan Giesen (1868–1952) to serve as manager of his new business. In 1891 H.L. Stroud moved his business into a storefront on the north side of the 100 block of Walnut Street. Stroud's continued to prosper, and in 1899 H.L. built the brick building at 114–116 West Walnut Street. Stroud's continued to be the leading retail business in Rogers up into the 1960s, when in 1962 Sam Walton opened the first location of what would become the retail giant Walmart just seven blocks away. Walton's new store combined with the nationwide movement of retail centers from aged downtowns to malls and shopping centers slowly eroded Stroud's customer base, leading the locally beloved retailer to permanently close in 1993 after 109 years in business. In 1912 the city council formed a commission of local businessmen to facilitate the paving of downtown Rogers. Despite the constant complaints of dusty and muddy streets, and the enthusiastic support of prominent citizens such as Coin Harvey, bickering over the cost and method of paving delayed the start of the project until July, 1924. The downtown area was paved with concrete and overlaid with bricks in rows, changing to a basket weave pattern at the intersections of streets. The work was completed in December, 1924, and the brick pavement remains today, with renovations done to the streets in 2010.


Rogers is located at 36°19′46″N 94°8′29″W / 36.32944°N 94.14139°W / 36.32944; -94.14139 (36.329388, −94.141372). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.6 square miles (87 km2), of which 33.5 square miles (87 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.15%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by warm, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rogers has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,265
1900 2,158 70.6%
1910 2,820 30.7%
1920 3,318 17.7%
1930 3,554 7.1%
1940 3,550 −0.1%
1950 4,962 39.8%
1960 5,700 14.9%
1970 11,050 93.9%
1980 17,429 57.7%
1990 24,692 41.7%
2000 38,829 57.3%
2010 55,964 44.1%
2020 69,908 24.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Mercy Hospital NWA
Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas

2020 census

Rogers racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 38,783 55.48%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,016 1.45%
Native American 534 0.76%
Asian 1,920 2.75%
Pacific Islander 1,015 1.45%
Other/Mixed 3,265 4.67%
Hispanic or Latino 23,375 33.44%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 69,908 people, 24,297 households, and 16,517 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of 2010 Rogers had a population of 55,964. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 62.0% non-Hispanic white, 1.3% non-Hispanic black, 1.0% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.1% non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.0% from two or more races and 31.5% Hispanic or Latino.

Arts and culture

Daisy Airgun Museum in Rogers, AR
Daisy Airgun Museum in downtown Rogers

In addition to the Rogers Commercial Historic District, Rogers has numerous properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places with the oldest being the Pea Ridge National Military Park.


Rogers has two shopping malls: Frisco Station Mall and Pinnacle Hills Promenade.

Parks and recreation

Lake Atalanta
Lake Atalanta

Rogers has five large sports parks, 14 neighborhood parks along with a swimming pool, a skateboard and splash park, 26 athletic fields, an activity center, a YMC, and two lakes, along with five golf courses and a trail system totaling over 23 miles (37 km). The NWA Razorback Regional Greenway is a 36-mile (58 km) primarily off-road shared-use trail that connects the region's trail systems to various community attractions. There is also the Rogers Family Aquatic Center.

Other recreational attractions in the surrounding area includes Beaver Lake, Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area and War Eagle Mill & Cavern to the east of Rogers, as well as historical Civil War battlefield, Pea Ridge National Military Park, about 10 miles outside of Rogers.



Rogers Municipal Airport (ROG), also known as Carter Field, is home to Walmart's air fleet. All commercial aviation, however, goes through the Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA), located about 15 miles west of Rogers in Highfill.


  • I-49 (AR 1957).svg Interstate 49
  • US 62 (1961).svg U.S. Route 62
  • US 71B.svg U.S. Route 71 Business
  • US 71 (1961).svg U.S. Route 71
  • Arkansas 12.svg Arkansas Highway 12
  • Arkansas 94.svg Arkansas Highway 94


Rogers Water Utilities in Rogers, Arkansas
Rogers Water Utilities administration office

The City of Rogers' public water distribution and sanitary sewer collection systems are owned and operated by Rogers Water Utilities (RWU), which is overseen by the Rogers Water Utilities Commission. RWU purchases treated potable water from Beaver Water District, whose source is Beaver Lake. RWU served a retail population of 70878 as of 2019, making it one of the largest water utilities in the state. Wastewater is collected and treated at the Rogers Pollution Control Facility on the west side of the city.

Notable people

  • Cecile Bledsoe (born 1944), Arkansas state senator from Rogers; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Ruth Coker Burks (born c. 1959), AIDS activist, humanitarian, and caregiver
  • Jim R. Caldwell (born 1936), the first Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate in the 20th century; the minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers during the 1970s
  • Matt Cornett (born 1998), actor born in Rogers
  • Ryan Hale (born 1975), American football player
  • Thomas P. Morgan (1864-1928), humorist
  • James C. Nance, Oklahoma community newspaper chain publisher and Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, President pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and member Uniform Law Commission born in Rogers, AR
  • Joe Nichols (born 1976), country music artist born in Rogers
  • Vernon Oxford (born 1941), country singer born in Rogers
  • Sam Walton (1918–1992), founder of Wal-Mart; started the first Wal-Mart in Rogers in 1962.
  • Steve Womack, mayor of Rogers before becoming U.S. Representative for Arkansas' 3rd congressional district

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