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Sometimes called the “City with a Heart,” this hub of Saline County is a fast-growing, close-knit community that can’t stop winning people over.

Located in the geographic center of the state just minutes from Little Rock, this city boasts a small-town atmosphere with a big-town population.

Located on Interstate 30, its prime location means a convenient commute into Little Rock or Hot Springs, although Benton has an attractive business climate to its more than 30,000 residents.

The city is home to mom-and-pop shops with history—Smith Caldwell, a drug store and pharmacy, dates back to the early 1900s—and to national retailers like Target and Best Buy. Hurricane Creek Village is anchored by Kroger Marketplace and Academy Sports.

Benton offers an array of housing options for young professionals, families and retirees. One of the area’s more prominent subdivisions, Hurricane Lake Estates, offers residents a quiet and relatively private subdivision with sprawling lakefront lots with impressive front lawns and modern amenities.

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According to Zillow, the Benton home value index is 6,000. Values continue to rise; growing 2 percent this year.

Residents enjoy the local theaters, museums and libraries for cultural and literary enrichment, and with major parks located in town, there’s always a great spot for basking in the great outdoors. In fact, many homes provide direct access to nature trails, parks and fishing lakes.

Benton offers several athletic leagues for both kids and adults, as well as equestrian facilities. Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee, a Benton-born baseball prodigy who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, might be the best testament to the recreational opportunities available in town.