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Searcy by the Numbers

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US Census Bureau names Searcy among the fastest growing communities in Arkansas

$151,300 — median value of owner-occupied homes

2,201 businesses in operation

23,813 — population

30.8% residents age 25+ with a bachelor’s degree or higher

$786.7M — 2023 total retail sales (per Retail Attractions LLC 4/3/2024)


Industry Company Employees
Medical Unity Health 2,376
Distribution Walmart 1,085
Education Harding University 1,018
Food Processing Land O’Frost 580
Banking First Security 268

Trendsetter Awards

Searcy was recognized for four projects in the 2023 Trendsetter City Awards, a program designed to honor cities putting unique programs into place to create strong communities.

Winner: Diversity & Inclusion

After seeing an increase in the Hispanic population, the city working with El Puente, held its first public cultural event celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The event featured a mercado, a parade with a procession of flags from all Spanish-speaking countries and food trucks.

Winner: Public-Works, Environmental & Green Management

City officials conducted a strategic plan with citizen feedback through public meetings and communitywide surveys to develop a 20-year master plan as a roadmap to improve development and quality of life. Ultimately, three master plans were created for parks, active transportation and infrastructure.

Honorable Mention: Education & Workforce Development

Robotics has gained widespread recognition as an effective hands-on way to get students interested in STEM fields. Searcy is a leader with robotics teams throughout several schools and became the host city for the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Honorable Mention: Technology & Security

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, a new law enforcement training center utilizes the MILO Rank Theater program, offering an immersive, realistic training environment for the police department.

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