Jonesboro, located in the northeastern corner of the state of Arkansas, is well-known for the friendliness of its residents and its community spirit. It is also one of the safest places to live in the entire country. Originally named Jonesborough, in honor of State Senator William A. Jones, the area in which present-day Jonesboro is located was first settled by American Europeans in 1815—just 12 years after the Louisiana Purchase.
By 1859, Jonesboro had grown into a bustling town of 150 residents whose economy mainly depended on deer hunting, beaver trapping, and the fur trade. Around this same time, the residents of Jonesboro became interested in organizing their judicial infrastructure, and by 1869, the first courthouse in the city had been built. Unfortunately, that same year it was destroyed by fire. It was again rebuilt and once again destroyed in 1876. In 1878, another fire destroyed the third attempt at having a courthouse, except this last fire devastated most of the downtown area. Finally, a short time later, a fourth courthouse was built, and it still stands today.
Jonesboro is home to the Arkansas State University, as well as the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and the North East Arkansas Career & Tech Center, all of which serve over 13,000 students from all over the country and the world. Because of its strong focus on higher education, as well as beautiful surroundings and the availability of community activities and more, Jonesboro is a popular location for finding jobs in one of their many industries, including manufacturing, education, and healthcare, among many others.
Jonesboro is also a shopper's paradise, offering a large selection of shopping centers, malls, and brand-name stores. The Mall at Turtle Creek is one of the most popular shopping destinations for residents and visitors alike, making Jonesboro one of the nicest places in the US to live.