Whats Happening Rogers
|— City —|
Benton County and the state of Arkansas
|– Mayor||Greg Hines (R)|
|– City||33.58 sq mi (86.97 km2)|
|– Land||33.53 sq mi (86.85 km2)|
|– Water||0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)|
|– Urban||281.81 sq mi (108.81 km2)|
|Elevation||1,368 ft (417 m)|
|– Density||1,692.0/sq mi (653.28/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|– Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0054160|
Rogers is a suburban city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 55,964. The city is located in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, in the northwest corner of the state.
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. 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.
The mayor of Rogers since 2011 is Greg Hines (born 1957). The previous mayor, Steve Womack, won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2010 for the seat being vacated by Fay Boozman’s younger brother, John Boozman, GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate.
Rogers is located at (36.329388, −94.141372).
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) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.15%) is water.
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. to much 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.
- 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, has hastened plans to build a new high school, though those problems may continue even after the new high school opens. 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.
- Providence Classical Christian Academy is a University-Model School based in Rogers. It offers a Christian education, with students attending classes two to three days a week.
- St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School is private institution which offers coursework for students from pre-k to 7th grade.
- Benton County School of the Arts High School is a charter school that specializes in the fine arts.
Carter Field, Rogers‘ municipal airport, 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.
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).
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.