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Chart: Will Chase/Axios Visuals; Source: Axios survey

People have fewer friendships than in the past. So, we wanted to know about the status of friendships in NWA.

  • We were delighted to see that 90 of you responded to our survey. Thank you so much for hanging with us.

The big picture: Exactly two-thirds of respondents said it's easy to make friends in NWA, while the other third said it's not easy.

  • Many of those who said it's easy say people here are friendly. They also said the region has a steady influx of new residents looking to meet new people, and there are plenty of activities.
  • Those who said it's not easy often cited the pandemic and busy schedules. Some said it's difficult to make friends if you're new to the area. That feedback makes sense because "connected through mutual friends" was the top response.
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Chart: Will Chase/Axios Visuals; Source: Axios survey

What's next: Volunteering, getting involved with an organization or the cycling community, and going to coffee shops were common recommendations to make friends.

  • Don't forget about meetup groups, book clubs (Alex actually made a new friend this way!), and Bumble BFF.

It's a date: We also asked for ideas on fun NWA friend dates. Many responses included mountain biking, hiking, getting coffee at Arsaga's or Onyx, or spending the day at Crystal Bridges or the Momentary.

  • Plus: happy hour and dinner at Top Golf, walking Coler Creek, completing the Fayetteville Ale Trail, or seeing a play at TheatreSquared (of note: T2 offers $10 tickets for people under 30.)

What they're saying: Thanks to reader Amber for letting us share this idea:

"Meet up at the amazing Ozark Natural Foods patio in Fayetteville, grab a coffee, catch up and then drive to Springdale to eat at an authentic taqueria. Maybe grab a day drink at Black Apple Crossing. Depending on the day, it'd be awesome to make our way to Osage Park in Bentonville, walk around the prairie and wildflower preserve, see some great sculptures around the park, and then grab dinner next door at Louise at Thaden to top off the day."

Alex's thought bubble: Most people said it's easy to make friends here, and 60% said they have at least seven friends. However, it's telling that only 20% of people said they are happy with the number of friends they have and are not actively seeking more.

  • That means if you want a new friend, just know 80% of people you bump into are probably thinking the same. And maybe they'd love an Onyx friend date.

Go deeper

Your top "friend date" ideas in the Twin Cities

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

So you successfully made a new friend in the Twin Cities. Now what?

Flashback: We surveyed readers two weeks ago about their experiences making friends in Minnesota, including things to do on "friend dates."

Going to breweries, biking, grabbing ice cream and taking walks around a lake were the most common suggestions. Here are some others:

  • "An art fair! Good combination of things to see and eat and enjoy and (let's be honest) judge." — Grace F.
  • "Cafe Alma & walking the Stone Arch Bridge, because what's more Twin Cities and friend-romantic than that?!" — Marie
  • "Mall of America — lots of things to chat about so no awkward silences as a friendship is growing!" — Anonymous
  • "An evening bonfire with plenty of wine." — Shelly C.
  • "Ride the green line from Saint Paul to Minneapolis. Make a few stops, see a show at Turf Club. Hike Mounds Park or Minnehaha Falls areas." — Anonymous
  • "Volunteering. Most of the time, the task at hand is very leisurely and can serve as either a conversation starter or an easy out to fill dead air, or both." — Dan W.
  • "Doesn't matter. Being able to sit and chat anywhere is great. Food and beer help." — Deb
  • "Probably something on a boat." — Joseph H.
  • "A challenging day hike followed by a recovery stop at a favorite local craft brewery + tacos!" — Heather H.
  • "Get food at Hola Arepa, followed by some activity like an art exhibit etc, then drinks at Nighthawks and ice cream at Sebastian Joe's or Bebe Zito's." — Will

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.