Arkansas – Retirement Guide

Arkansas   Retirement Guide

Retirees seeking a retirement destination in proximity to nature will find no shortage of extraordinary natural beauty in Arkansas, in fact, the abundance is such that the state’s nickname is “The Natural State.” Arkansas’s is home to a 52 state parks and 7 national parks, most famously, Hot Springs National Park, known for its natural, healing springs. When choosing where to live, retirees will realize that Arkansas towns’ vibes can vary throughout the state.

The state’s capital, Little Rock, has a thriving downtown with a great dining and arts scene, the lower part of the state maintains a strident Southern culture, while along the border with Oklahoma there remains a bit of an Old West vibe.

In the Ozark Mountains, towns like Eureka Springs host a thriving creative class — many artists call it home.

Retirees will experience the state’s stunning topography which includes the Ozark Mountains, a river delta along the Mississippi, as well as grasslands.

Pros: Abundance of natural beauty
Con: Poor statewide healthcare

At a Glance:
Best For: Outdoors lovers
Population: 2,949,131
Cost of Living: 14% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $108,400
Unemployment: 7.1%
Top State Income Tax: 7%

Retirees can enjoy the state’s many sweeping vistas, lakes, trails and thriving wildlife. Meanwhile, sports loving retirees will have the opportunity to hunt, fish, boat, golf or bicycle. The state also boasts a rich arts and culture scene, and is home to the fascinating Clinton Presidential Library and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

There’s no shortage of what to see and do in Arkansas, and many retirees seek Arkansas as a retirement destination because of its low cost of living and low median home cost. Still, Arkansas does have its negatives, including a poor statewide healthcare system (the number of doctors per 100,000 residents is nearly half the national average).

While the state’s weather is generally mild and does have 4 distinct seasons, Arkansas also sees a high number of tornadoes.

Photo by Oemar via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.