Jonesboro, Arkansas

The Location

Jonesboro is located in Craighead County, Arkansas. It is home to more than 71,000 residents and is the fifth-largest city in the state.

The local economy is powered by education, manufacturing, agriculture, medicine and trade.

Jonesboro is served by the Jonesboro Municipal Airport, Jonesboro Economic Transit System (JETS), Interstate 555 and several highways.

Arts and Entertainment

Historic downtown Jonesboro has a thriving cultural scene. The Downtown Jonesboro Association (DJA) hosts several events throughout the year, including Alive After Five (April through October), which includes a farmers’ market, food trucks, arts, crafts and entertainment; Pack Pride Weekends to celebrate Arkansas State University games (students make up 20 percent of the city’s population); Brunch and Browse each Sunday; Mingle & Jingle holiday open house; and the annual Midnight on Main New Year’s Eve celebration.

Jonesboro restaurants serve up a variety of cuisines, from New Orleans-style po’ boys to Irish pub classics to downhome Southern meals. 

The city has several independent boutiques and specialty shops as well as The Mall at Turtle Creek, the largest shopping mall in the region.

The local arts scene includes Fearlessly Brilliant, a community arts project to beautify downtown’s public spaces, and The Foundation of Arts, which offers art, theater and dance classes for children and adults, as well as a community theater.

Jonesboro residents enjoy the 800-acre Craighead Forest Park for biking, hiking, fishing, camping, disc golf, recreational sports, playgrounds and more. The park includes 17 miles of mountain biking trails, wooded horseback riding trails and an 85-acre area for ATV riders. Just a few miles north of the city, Crowley’s Ridge State Park has hiking trails and cabins for overnight visits.

Education

Jonesboro is served by the Jonesboro School District, Valley View School District, Nettleton School District, Westside Consolidated School District and North East Arkansas Career & Tech Center, as well as several private schools.

The city is home to Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine’s A-State campus.

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