Rogers, Arkansas

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Rogers, Arkansas
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Clockwise from top: Downtown Rogers, the Centennial Caboose, Lake Atalanta, Pinnacle Hills Promenade, War Eagle Mill
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Motto(s): 
"Where Possible Lives" [1]
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Location of Rogers in Benton County, Arkansas.
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Rogers, Arkansas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°19′46″N94°08′29″W / 36.32944°N 94.14139°W / 36.32944; -94.14139 Coordinates: 36°19′46″N94°08′29″W / 36.32944°N 94.14139°W / 36.32944; -94.14139
CountryUnited States
State Arkansas
County Benton
Established1881
IncorporatedJune 6, 1881 [2]
Named for Captain Charles Warrington Rogers
Government
   Mayor Greg Hines (R) [3]
Area
[4]
   City 38.32 sq mi (99.24 km2)
  Land38.15 sq mi (98.82 km2)
  Water0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
  Urban
281.81 sq mi (108.81 km2)
Elevation
1,368 ft (417 m)
Population
   City 55,964
  Estimate 
(2017) [5]
66,430
  Density1,741.10/sq mi (672.24/km2)
   Urban
172,585
   Metro
465,776
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
72756-72757-72758
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-60410
GNIS feature ID0054160
Website www.rogersar.gov www.visitrogersarkansas.com

Rogers is a city in Benton County, Arkansas. Located in the Ozarks, it is part of the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Area, one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. [6] 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.

City Large and permanent human settlement

A city is a large human settlement. Cities generally have extensive systems for housing, transportation, sanitation, utilities, land use, and communication. Their density facilitates interaction between people, government organizations and businesses, sometimes benefiting different parties in the process.

Benton County, Arkansas County in the United States

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 221,339, making it the second-most populous county in Arkansas. The county seat is Bentonville. The county was formed on September 30, 1836 and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. In 2012, Benton County voters elected to make the county wet, or a non-alcohol prohibition location.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

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As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 55,964. In 2017 the estimated population was 66,430, [7] making it the sixth-most populous city in the state. The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, more commonly known as Northwest Arkansas, is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States, with 465,776 inhabitants as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.

Northwest Arkansas Place in the United States

Northwest Arkansas includes Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville, the third, fourth, eighth and tenth largest cities in Arkansas. These cities are located within Benton and Washington counties; NWA also includes Madison County, Arkansas.

History

Frisco caboose at Centennial Park, Rogers Historical District downtown. The caboose is emblematic of Rogers' railroad history. Centennial Caboose in Rogers Arkansas.JPG
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. [8] 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. [2]

In June 2007, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Rogers as 18th in its list of the 25 best affordable suburbs in the American South. [9] 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). [10] That business was established prior to 1879 and Allen Stroud also served as postmaster at Pea Ridge for a time. [10] 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.

Pea Ridge, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Pea Ridge is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The name Pea Ridge is derived from a combination of the physical location of the original settlement of the town, across the crest of an Ozark Mountains ridge, and for the hog peanuts or turkey peas that had been originally cultivated by Native American tribes centuries before European settlement, which later helped to provide basic subsistence once those pioneer settlers arrived.

Stroud's Mercantile or Stroud's Department Store was a department store located in Rogers, Arkansas. At the time of its closing in 1993, Stroud's was the oldest continuously operated privately owned retail business in the state. Its 1899 storefront at 114-116 West Walnut is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Rogers Commercial Historic District and two homes owned by Stroud family members; the Stroud House originally in Rogers, but later moved to Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and the Stroud House in Bentonville, Arkansas are also designated by the National Register.

In 1887 he brought in his brother Evan Giesen (1868–1952) to serve as manager of his new business. [11] 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. [11] 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.[ citation needed ] 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. [12]

Concrete Composite construction material

Concrete, usually Portland cement concrete, is a composite material composed of fine and coarse aggregate bonded together with a fluid cement that hardens over time—most frequently a lime-based cement binder, such as Portland cement, but sometimes with other hydraulic cements, such as a calcium aluminate cement. It is distinguished from other, non-cementitious types of concrete all binding some form of aggregate together, including asphalt concrete with a bitumen binder, which is frequently used for road surfaces, and polymer concretes that use polymers as a binder.

Geography

Rogers is located at 36°19′46″N94°8′29″W / 36.32944°N 94.14139°W / 36.32944; -94.14139 (36.329388, −94.141372). [13] 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.

Climate

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. [14]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1890 1,265
1900 2,15870.6%
1910 2,82030.7%
1920 3,31817.7%
1930 3,5547.1%
1940 3,550−0.1%
1950 4,96239.8%
1960 5,70014.9%
1970 11,05093.9%
1980 17,42957.7%
1990 24,69241.7%
2000 38,82957.3%
2010 55,96444.1%
Est. 201766,430 [5] 18.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [15]
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Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas

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. [16]

As of the census [17] of 2000, there were 38,829 people, 14,005 households, and 10,209 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,158.0 people per square mile (447.1/km²). There were 14,836 housing units at an average density of 442.4 per square mile (170.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.75% White, 0.47% Black or African American, 1.05% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 9.43% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. 19.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,005 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,474, and the median income for a family was $45,876. Males had a median income of $30,911 versus $22,020 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,761. About 9.4% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

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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.

Retail

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

Sports

Since 2007, Rogers has hosted the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. The 54-hole event is held annually at the Pinnacle Country Club in late June. [18]

Forester Park is home to the largest soccer program in the state. [19]

Rogers is also host to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. [20]

The RHS Guys Cross Country Team has raced their way to 19 Cross Country State Championships between 1988 and 2017, and the Rogers Girl's Cross Country Team has run their way to 17 Cross Country State Championships between 1980 and 2011.

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Pinnacle Hills Promenade outdoor shopping mall

Parks and recreation

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Lake Atalanta

Rogers has five large sports parks, 14 neighborhood parks, an aquatic center known as "Wet Willy's", a skateboard and splash park, 26 athletic fields, an activity center, a YMCA, two lakes, 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.

Other recreational attractions in the surrounding area include 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.

Government

Since 2011, the mayor of Rogers has been Greg Hines. [3] The previous mayor, Steve Womack, won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 for the seat vacated by John Boozman, now a U.S. senator.

Education

Secondary education

Rogers is home to several public and private school districts and schools including:

Postsecondary education

Postsecondary education within the cities' boundaries include the campuses of the University of Phoenix, Bryan College, [28] Harding University, [29] and John Brown University. [30] [31]

Other nearby schools and campuses include the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), [32] [33] Northwest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville), [34] and John Brown University (a Christian school in Siloam Springs).

Media

Television

Rogers is served by the television market based out of Fort Smith and Fayetteville, Arkansas. The four major television stations are KFSM (CBS), KFTA (Fox), KHOG (ABC), and KNWA (NBC).

Radio

Radio stations in the city include:

Print

The daily paper in Rogers is the Rogers Morning News, with a special "A section" dedicated to news just for Rogers and surrounding cities. The rest of the newspaper is the Northwest Arkansas edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (the "B section" is the regular Democrat-Gazette "A section," complete with front page and masthead).

Infrastructure

Highways

Airports

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 Regional Airport (XNA), located about 15 miles west of Rogers in Highfill.

Notable people

See also

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