Total solar eclipses are a big deal not because of how infrequent they are — there’s a total solar eclipse every 18 months on average — but because of how little of the Earth’s surface falls in the path of any given eclipse shadow. Any given location will see a total solar eclipse only once in more than 300 years, on average.
The last solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States was 38 years ago in 1979. Here’s some information on future eclipses. Next: July 2019 over Argentina and Chile
2024: April 8, totality to pass between Russellville and Conway 2045: Totality to pass over Bentonville
Sources: NASA/Katherine Auld, NWACC
Source: Katherine Auld