Independence County and Batesville, Arkansas have a diverse population with many opportunities to raise a family, build a business, to retire and more. Our area has enjoyed many recent accolades - some of which include:

  •  “Top 25 City” recognition in the nation for its attractions, hospitality, and affordability by USA Today

  • Recognized as a “Trendsetter City” for its achievements in Public Safety, Wellness, Infrastructure, and the Environment by Arkansas Business

  • Batesville’s White River Wonderland Christmas lights display was named a finalist for the “Arkansas Tourism Attraction of the Year” Award by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism

  • Top 50 best places to live in Arkansas (out of 1498 communities)

  • 45th best place to buy a house in Arkansas (out of 1498 communities)

  • Top 40 best public schools in Arkansas

Among the 10% lowest cost-of-living places in America, more demographic information can be found at our Batesville Chamber of Commerce site. Some of the statistics found there include:

  • Independence County population 37,910. As of 2021, Independence County's population increased by 2.1% since 2016, growing by 789. The City of Batesville's population grew by 8.5% over the same period. County and city populations are expected to continue to increase between 2021 and 2026.

  • Total regional employment: 18,865. From 2016 to 2021, jobs increased by 7.7% in Independence County to 18,865. This change outpaces the national growth rate of 0.7% by 7%. Jobs are projected to grow another 8.2% over the next five years.

  • Median household income in Independence County is $44.3k.

  • Major employers include Peco Foods (1500 employees), White River Health (1381), Ozark Mountain Poultry (950), White River Area Agency on Aging (780), Bad Boy Mowers (740), FutureFuel Chemical Company (477), First Community Bank (417), Intimidator Group (350), Walmart Supercenter (344), Independence County (231), Citizens Bank (215), Flowers Baking Co. (200), Lyon College (192), Wood-Lawn (185), University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (182), City of Batesville & Utilities (146), LifePlus (132), Littlefield Oil (130), Atlas Asphalt/White River Materials (120) and Mountain Meadows Nursing & Rehab (112).