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To be recognized as the premier business organization influencing Harrison’s and the greater Boone County’s economic and business development through leadership, education, and investor partnerships.

About This Report

Inspired by our economic development re-emphasis at the Chamber of Commerce, this report should be used as a primary source displaying 'need-to-know' data for prospective businesses and residents to our region. Contact the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce for more information! #takingcareofbusiness

About Harrison & Boone County

Harrison is a thriving small city, marrying a historic manufacturing tradition – with 7 global manufactures among its 14, and 5 of those 7 have their global headquarters locally – and a strong education heritage into an attractive location for growing a business, a community, a lifestyle. Industry came to Harrison with the railroads in the late 19th century, and it remains one of the strongest business centers in Arkansas today, with more than 5,000 of its workforce employed in one of the city’s 30-plus prime business operations. Those operations produce and deliver diversified products and services, everything from automobile engine parts to commercial trailer flooring to folding cartons to plastic injection molding to communications, food service, banking, healthcare and education, all thriving on the strong North Central Arkansas work ethic.

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Community Profile

City of Harrison

Boone County

Cost of Living in Harrison

Age Demographics

Household Income Demographics

Workforce Development and Education

Harrison focuses on workforce develop with over 400 full-time and part-time jobs created in 2019. They are home to the Workforce Initiative Network (WIN), which promotes local industry opportunities to 21 area schools. Harrison is also home to nationally-recognized North Arkansas College, which offers associate degrees, online degrees, one-year certificates, certificates of proficiency, GED classes, and non-credit community education courses in many areas of study.

Economy

Harrison has a business and economic development-friendly environment with elected community leadership focused on business expansion and growth and various engagement partners such as: 
• Arkansas Economic Development Commission
• Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District
• Boone County Economic Development Corporation
• North Arkansas College
• Harrison Public Schools
• Harrison District Board of Realtors
• Multiple civic organizations

Click below to see our most recent developments in our Chamber and region.

Business Expansion & Prospect Summary (2020):

Sales Tax in Harrison & Boone County

This chart reflects local business activity by monthly tax collection, local tax rebates issued and audit adjustments for cities and counties that levy local sales and use taxes. The report, developed by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, classifies and summarizes tax collection and adjustment information for businesses reporting activity for the city and county by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code. 

Industry in Harrison

Harrison has experienced significant investment in transportation, including the US Hwy 412 Corridor initiative, $8.8M for US Hwy 62/65 improvements, $1.6M for Goblin Drive expansion, a new Harrison City Street Master Plan, $6K for runway/parallel taxiway, full-service FBO, and 85K SF ramp for Boone County Regional Airport (HRO).

Additionally, Harrison has seen the following infrastructure investment: $4M for 10G Fiber Internet for industries, businesses, and education and $2M for a new natural gas line expansion and renovation.

Industry Median Earnings in Harrison

The following data shows the median earnings in Harrison by industries defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This data is from the American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the Census Bureau. Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample of U.S. residents. The data is shown over five-year periods, rather than annually, to ensure greater accuracy at small geographies. Since the ACS data is an estimation, based on surveys, it has a measure of uncertainty. This measure of uncertainty is also known as the margin of error and is the plus/minus numbers you see in the charts. Learn more about margin of error here.

Industry Employment in Harrison

Agriculture in Boone County

Boone County is the largest livestock producing county in the state. All agricultural measures for Boone County shown below have increased from 2007 to 2017. Most notably is the increase in the average market value of agricultural products sold from 2012 to 2017—from $124,065,000 to $164,017,000. Similarly, the average market value of agricultural products sold per farm increased from $96,775 in 2012 to $124,917 in 2017.

Economic Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force includes all individuals who are 16 and older who are either employed and unemployed. Employed is if they have worked at least one hour as a paid employee or self-employed. Unemployed is defined as not employed but available for work and made at least one active effort to seek employment. If they are not employed or unemployed, the are not considered in the labor force.

Quality of Life

Harrison is a great place to live. We have over 35 community civic and charitable organizations where time, treasure, and talent can be spent. Our community has numerous individual, family, and group sports programs, which include baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, and pickleball. We also have a state of the art youth center—Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center—and spectacular outdoor venues for hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, and more.

The Ozark Mountains

Buffalo National River

Health Insurance Coverage

Travel Time to Work

Additional Resources

Download the Harrison Fact Sheet [PDF]

"Taking Care of Business" Economic Profile [PDF]

•  Open Lot Industrial Park - Harrison, AR

About the Data

The following data comes from the American Community Survey:
• Community Profile: Table: B11002, B01002, B25077, and B19019.
•  Age Demographics: Table DP05.
•  Household Income: Table B19019.
•  Educational Attainment: Table S1501.
• Earnings: Table B24031.
• Employment: Table B08526.
• Labor Force Participation: Table DP03.
• Health Insurance: Table S2701.
• Travel Time to Work: Table S0802.

Cost of Living data comes from Numbeo.

Agricultural data comes from the USDA Census of Agriculture.

Unemployment data comes the Local Area Unemployment Statistics.

Retail sales tax data comes from the ARDFA Local Tax Distribution, February 2020, based on population, includes 35% of Boone County Sales Tax Revenue.

This product uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.