That's according to a report published by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday.
The data shows the economy is expected to grow by 4.2 percent annually through 2020. That's up from 3.8 percent last year when NWA sat at 7th place in the nation.
Austin, Texas and Raleigh, North Carolina take first and second place on this year's list.
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