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Old 10-22-2015, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I moved to Fort Smith from Michigan, so I will tell you of my experience.

Some people in the south still don't like people from the north. I was surprised at the look some people would get on their faces once they heard my accent. One girl who had had a bit much to drink actually admitted to me that she didn't like me at first because of my accent. Not everyone in Fort Smith is like that, but know that your being from the north may cause some difficulty in making friendships.

The confedrate flag still waves proud and high here on a lot of vehicles driving down the road. I hate that flag. A guy I met here who is from Wisconsin told me that his friends have said to him, "We have the confederate flag in the south, what flag do you have in the north." The guy gently replied, "Ummm...we have the American flag?" So just know that some southerners still view America as the north and south and not just the big melting pot of the United States.

I have seen a good number of inter-racial relationships here, but there are also a good number of racists here. I just had to move seats at a restaurant last night because the guy at the next table was making racist comments and my biracial friend was coming to meet me. I guess that sort of thing can happen anywhere though, unfortunately.

The place is a little behind. If you like cool, hip, new and happening, this is not the place for you. They are trying to improve it though.

Compared to Michigan, the weather is amazing.

It is pretty common for people to talk about shooting dogs here. Seriously. I found it so disturbing when I first moved here. Still do. If your dog eats your chickens or won't stay in the yard, etc., some people will advise you to shoot it...and any stray you see too. That mentality just makes me sad.

There aren't a ton of jobs here compared to bigger metropolitan areas. You have to drive over an hour to get to the next decent sized place to work.

It is a nice place to live if you like the outdoors. There are lots of pretty places to hike...mountains and waterfalls are normal here.

Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Bentonville, etc.) is a nice place to retire.

I was worried about the crime as well, but this area doesn't compare to Detroit at all. I have felt pretty safe here.

If I can answer any specific questions, let me know.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Kejasa, just out of curiosity, why do you hate the confederate/rebel flag? I just visited the area a week ago and saw a lot of flags flying and I found it refreshing but I was southern raised.
Before someone told the nation that the flag was racist and to take them down and ban them, everyone seemed to be okay with them. Why do the northerners hate a flag that supports our southern heritage. Sounds as if they are the ones having a hard time accepting that we are all Americans.

I found Ft. Smith to be a very friendly place. People make what you call racist remarks all the time. Geez, flying or talking about the flag is racist now, being a true American is racist. Seems to be the trendy word now to call someone a racist because of their heritage or because they march to the beat of a different drum.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Bentonville, etc.) is a nice place to retire.
Uh......NWA is much more than a retirement community. It's one of the fastest growing regions in America.
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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Uh......NWA is much more than a retirement community. It's one of the fastest growing regions in America.
I don't think fast growing and nice place to retire are mutually exclusive but its been discussed to death many times over.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Trumpville
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Uh......NWA is much more than a retirement community. It's one of the fastest growing regions in America.
Is it still? I know it was back in the 2000s, but I thought it had slowed down some.
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Old 02-03-2016, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't think fast growing and nice place to retire are mutually exclusive but its been discussed to death many times over.
you are right, but the comment did seem to imply it was just a retirement community, nothing more: as we all know, if one lives here it can hardly be thought of as just that. As has been said before, it isn't what one says but how they say it. Of course by now, I am sure the person who made the comment is long gone.
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Old 02-03-2016, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Is it still? I know it was back in the 2000s, but I thought it had slowed down some.
Oh heavens, it is growing in all directions, more companies are opening up here, a few business magazines have rated NWA as one of the top 10 regions for start up businesses. The area becomes more diverse by the month. No, it has not slowed down. In fact it may have picked up.
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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Oh heavens, it is growing in all directions, more companies are opening up here, a few business magazines have rated NWA as one of the top 10 regions for start up businesses. The area becomes more diverse by the month. No, it has not slowed down. In fact it may have picked up.
I live in NWA and I kind of doubt its growing as fast as it was in the mid 2000's when walmart was on fire.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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Turns out I love Fayetteville, like the people and the LGBTQ community thats here. But freaking a this is a thread about Fort Smith.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I live in NWA and I kind of doubt its growing as fast as it was in the mid 2000's when walmart was on fire.
percentage wise you could be right, but number of people moving in is quite another thing.
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