10 Great Reasons to Love Jonesboro

Turtle Creek Mall

1:  Friends and Neighbors

Jonesboro is famous for cooperative community spirit and friendly citizens.  No matter which of the great neighborhoods you choose or what activities you choose, you’ll be welcomed with true southern hospitality.  And, our pride shows in the support of our local charities, city facilities, and our University!

2:  Safety

Jonesboro is one of the safest places to live in the country.  We have one officer for every 472 citizens.  And our officers are involved in the community through the D.A.R.E. program, Shop with a Cop program and various public school safety programs, just to name a few.

3:  Education

Jonesboro has five K-12 school districts in the city limits and two private schools to serve our residents.  Our schools consistently rank high in graduation rates and achievements.  And, we have exceptional daycare facilities and after-school programs available.

A Carnegie Research 2 university with more than 13,000 students, Arkansas State is the second-largest university in the state. Arkansas State offers more than 150 degrees areas of study, including a robust online program, and a diverse student body from across the nation and the world.

The highly-touted NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine on the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University is a rigorous medical academic program with a proven track record of ensuring student success, and is led by expert faculty.

4:  Healthcare

Jonesboro is a regional healthcare destination.  There are two major medical hospitals located here with the latest in medical technology offerings.  Also located here are women’s healthcare centers, surgical hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, behavioral health hospitals, cancer treatment centers, dialysis centers, general practice medical clinics and dental clinics.  All of our facilities are staffed by the finest physicians and medical care staff.

5:  Cost of Living

Jonesboro consistently ranks as one of the most cost effective places to live in the country.  In the most recent national ranking we were 12 percent below the national average and our utility rates are among the lowest in the country.

6:  Arts and Entertainment

Jonesboro has the venues to satisfy the music lover and patron of the visual and performing arts.  The Forum, our community theatre, offers six plays per year and The Foundation of Arts provides lessons in dance, art, and theater.  The Fowler Center is a state-of-the-art performance facility that hosts more than a dozen professional performances each year as well as performances by the Arkansas State University Theater Department.  These offerings along with the Jonesboro/Craighead County Public Library, Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, art galleries and The ASU Museum provide culture for any interest.

7:  Shopping and Dining

Jonesboro offers shopping galore. No matter what you are looking for from brand name stores to local specialty shops you’ll find it here.  The Mall at Turtle Creek, newly revitalized Downtown Jonesboro and shopping centers across the city will meet all of your retail needs.  And dining is a pleasure here, if you want a chain restaurant, unique dining experience, or private club for nightlife there are hundreds of choices to satisfy any appetite.

8:  Diverse Geography and Rich Heritage

Jonesboro sits astride Crowley’s Ridge, a narrow, low-lying ridge created by the great earthquake of 1812.  The terrain ranges from farmland to rolling hills.  Our history tells the story of strong and proud founders who have worked since 1859 to create this thriving city located in Northeast Arkansas.


9:  Recreation and Organizations

Jonesboro offers a variety of youth sports programs, senior programs, and volunteer opportunities.  There are more than 100 clubs and organizations here so whatever your interest, you will find an activity to suit you. 

10:  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Jonesboro is known all over the country for its quality workforce and job choices.  Whether your experience is manufacturing, service, education, healthcare, or retail, we have the job for you.