Downtown Rogers during the 2012 Frisco Festival
|Motto: "Where Possible Lives"|
Location in Benton County and the state of Arkansas
|Incorporated (city)||June 6, 1881|
|• Mayor||Greg Hines (R)|
|• City||37.94 sq mi (98.27 km2)|
|• Land||37.89 sq mi (98.14 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)|
|• Urban||281.81 sq mi (108.81 km2)|
|Elevation||1,368 ft (417 m)|
|Population (2011 census estimates)|
|• Density||1,692.0/sq mi (653.28/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0054160|
The city is located in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, in the northwest corner of the state, one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Arts and culture
- 5 Retail
- 6 Sports
- 7 Parks and recreation
- 8 Government
- 9 Education
- 10 Media
- 11 Infrastructure
- 12 Notable people
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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. 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.
Rogers was the location of the first Wal-Mart store, whose corporate headquarters is located in neighboring Bentonville, Arkansas. Daisy Outdoor Products, known for its air rifles, has both its headquarters and its Air Rifle Museum in Rogers. In June 2007, BusinessWeek magazine ranked Rogers as 18th in its list of the 25 best affordable suburbs in the American South. And in 2010, CNN Money ranked Rogers # 10 on their list of 100 Best Places to Live.
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). That business was established prior to 1879 and Allen Stroud also served as postmaster at Pea Ridge for a time. 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.
In 1887 he brought in his brother Alonzo Bryant Stroud (1868–1952) to serve as manager of his new business. 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. 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. 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.
Rogers is located at  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.(36.329388, −94.141372).
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.
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, 1.0% Asian Indian, 1.6% other 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.
As of the census 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
Parks and recreation
Rogers has five large sports parks, 14 neighborhood parks along with a swimming pool, a skateboard and splash park, 26 athletic fields, an activity center, a YMC, and two lakes, along with five golf courses and a trail system totalling over 23 miles. Plans to expand the trail system to extend to the entire metropolitan area are underway through the construction of NWA Razorback Regional Greenway. There is also the Rogers Family Aquatic Center.
Other recreational attractions in the surrounding area includes 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.
The mayor of Rogers since 2011 is Greg Hines. The previous mayor, Steve Womack, won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 for the seat vacated by Fay Boozman's younger brother, John Boozman, now a U.S. senator.
Rogers is home to several public and private school districts and schools including:
- Rogers School District is ranked among the top 100 school districts in the state. In 2012, both Rogers and Heritage high schools were recognized with Silver awards from U.S. News & World Report Top 1,000 High Schools in America with a No. 4 and No. 5 ranking in Arkansas and No. 881 and No. 980 nationally, respectively. Additionally, in 2008 and 2010 Rogers High School was ranked by Newsweek magazine among the top 1,300 schools in the country.
- Rogers High School (Mountaineers) The city and school administration have historically opposed the creation of a new separate high school, in part because of a possible dilution of the Rogers football program. Overcrowding, a serious problem in recent years, had hastened plans to build the new Rogers Heritage High School, though those problems may continue even after the new high school has opened as both schools are one of some of the largest in the state as both are in the state's largest classification (7A). In 1996, Rogers High School was ranked by Newsweek number 771 among the top 1000 high schools in America based on the number of students taking AP Tests.
- Rogers Heritage High School (War Eagles) is the new high school that opened in August 2008 for the 2008–09 school year.
- Benton County School of the Arts High School (Penguins) is a public charter school supported by the Benton County School of the Arts (BCSA) district.
- St. Vincent de Paul is a private Catholic school, the largest private school in Rogers.
Rogers has several colleges and universities both in the city and in the neighboring metro area. Such schools include the University of Arkansas (ranked #132 in the nation and located in nearby Fayetteville), Northwest Arkansas Community College (located in Bentonville), and John Brown University (a Christian school ranked # 1 regional college in the South by U.S. News and located in nearby Siloam Springs).
Rogers itself has the University of Phoenix (one of the largest higher education schools in the country), Bryan College, Freedom Bible College & Seminary, as well as campuses for the University of Arkansas and John Brown University.
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).
Rogers Municipal Airport, also known as Carter Field, is home to Wal-Mart's air fleet. All commercial aviation, however, goes through the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA), located about 15 miles west of Rogers in Highfill, Arkansas.
- Cecile Bledsoe (b. 1944), Arkansas state senator from Rogers; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
- Fay Boozman (1946–2005), a former GOP state senator and thereafter the director of the Arkansas Department of Health during the administration of Governor Mike Huckabee, was also a resident of Rogers.
- Jim R. Caldwell (b. 1936), the first Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate in the 20th century, who was the minister at the Southside Church of Christ in Rogers during the 1970s.
- Stephanie Malone (b. 1978), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Fort Smith; born in Rogers and graduated from Rogers High School
- Joe Nichols (b. 1976), Country music artist born in Rogers
- Vernon Oxford (b. 1941), Country singer born in Rogers
- Sue Scott (b. 1954), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Rogers since 2013
- Titanic Thompson (1892-1974) World famous gambler, golfer, and hustler-grew up in Rogers.
- Sam Walton (1918-1992), founder of Wal-Mart started the first Wal-Mart in Rogers in 1962.
- Steve Womack, was mayor of Rogers before becoming U.S. Representative for Arkansas' 3rd congressional district.
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- 100 Best Places to Live
- Pea Ridge Historical Society Newsletter; April 12, 2004; http://www.prark.org/hsapr04.htm
- The Stroud Home; Rogers Historical Museum; http://rogersarkansas.com/museum/photo/stroudhome.asp
- "Our Historic Brick Streets and New Intersections, by James F. Hales". friendsofrogersmuseum.com. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Climate Summary for Rogers, Arkansas
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- 1993 World Almanac – (1980, 1990 census figures)
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- nwachampionship.com – accessed 2011-09-06
- Dock Wheeler Park
- Foerester Park
- Gayle A. Sulik (2010). Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health. Oxford University Press. pp. 146–150. ISBN 0-19-974045-3. OCLC 535493589.
- "The City of Rogers Arkansas". Rogersarkansas.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "Best High Schools, Arkansas". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved Aug 20, 2012.
- "Rogers School District – Index". Rogers.k12.ar.us. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
- University of Arkansas
- Northwest Arkansas Community College
- John Brown University
- Bryan College
- Freedom Bible College & Seminary
- KAMO 94.3 FM
- KDUA 96.5 FM
- KURM 790 AM & FM 100.3
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- City of Rogers
- Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
- Benton County
- Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Rogers (Benton County)
- City-Data.com Comprehensive Statistical Data and more about Rogers