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Old 02-16-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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NW Arkansas. Hands down, the best place to live in Arkansas.
Not Mountain Home. Mountain Home, AR is a sad, sad place to live.
It really isn't. You need to see more towns that size in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Iowa. It'd change your tune pretty quickly. I do think than NW Arkansas is one of the most appealing places in the state for younger people and families, as are parts of central Arkansas, but Mtn. Home (and really, most of that part of the state) isn't anywhere near as bad as you make it out to be.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Moving to Arkansas can be a culture shock to some people regardless of what part of the state you choose to move to. I was born in Arkansas and lived the first 18 years of my life here. I feel that if I would have been raised in another part of the United States I would not have been the person I am today. Regardless of what some will say about Arkansas, it is a good place to raise children, that reason is why I am back in Arkansas to raise my daughter.

I left Arkansas at 18 and joined the military. I lived in many different parts of the United States and several other countries over the last 10 years. There is no other place quite like Arkansas.

With this said, there is and always will be tensions between outsiders moving in to Arkansas and locals that were born here. Many of the people here (especially in rural areas) have been here for generations and have a certain lifestyle that they do not want interrupted by outsiders.

There are ways to get on the good side of many of the locals though. Veterans are always accepted because that is a brotherhood that goes deeper then any state lines. Another thing that a lot of people do not realize is that if you want to be part of a culture you have to become like that culture.

If you hold strong beliefs regarding animal rights, Arkansas is not the place for you. Being a member of PETA or ASPCA will not win you many friends in Arkansas.If you are anti-gun or support strict gun control laws, that too will not make you any friends here.

People's land and livestock are their livelihood. We live close to nature in the rural areas and it is not like most (please excuse my lack of a better phrase to describe them) tree huggers and bunny huggers think it is. I have killed at least 20 coyotes out of my fields this year to protect my animals and I will shoot a domesticated dog if I catch it chasing my animals. My uncle has had to kill 4 black bear so far this year that was attempting to kill his goats. I enjoy living this close to nature but people have to understand that many wild animals' populations must be controlled or they will over breed.

I firmly believe in conservation of the land and wildlife in our state. If hunting offends you then Arkansas probably isn't the best place for you. I choose to live off the land as much as possible. I was lucky in my career and was able to make my money early on in life. I am now effectively retired at the age of 30.

Roughly half of what my family eats I have either raised, grew, or killed. I do my best to keep my family away from mass produced chemical infested products that most of the United States chooses to buy at the supermarket. What I can not raise I buy locally at a farmers market. I feel we are healthier because of this.

hopefully this will give you an idea of what life is like in rural Arkansas, if you have any more questions or would like for me to go into a little more detail on any aspect of living here or the way I live feel free to message me.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Moving to Arkansas can be a culture shock to some people regardless of what part of the state you choose to move to. I was born in Arkansas and lived the first 18 years of my life here. I feel that if I would have been raised in another part of the United States I would not have been the person I am today. Regardless of what some will say about Arkansas, it is a good place to raise children, that reason is why I am back in Arkansas to raise my daughter.

I left Arkansas at 18 and joined the military. I lived in many different parts of the United States and several other countries over the last 10 years. There is no other place quite like Arkansas.

With this said, there is and always will be tensions between outsiders moving in to Arkansas and locals that were born here. Many of the people here (especially in rural areas) have been here for generations and have a certain lifestyle that they do not want interrupted by outsiders.

There are ways to get on the good side of many of the locals though. Veterans are always accepted because that is a brotherhood that goes deeper then any state lines. Another thing that a lot of people do not realize is that if you want to be part of a culture you have to become like that culture.

If you hold strong beliefs regarding animal rights, Arkansas is not the place for you. Being a member of PETA or ASPCA will not win you many friends in Arkansas.If you are anti-gun or support strict gun control laws, that too will not make you any friends here.

People's land and livestock are their livelihood. We live close to nature in the rural areas and it is not like most (please excuse my lack of a better phrase to describe them) tree huggers and bunny huggers think it is. I have killed at least 20 coyotes out of my fields this year to protect my animals and I will shoot a domesticated dog if I catch it chasing my animals. My uncle has had to kill 4 black bear so far this year that was attempting to kill his goats. I enjoy living this close to nature but people have to understand that many wild animals' populations must be controlled or they will over breed.

I firmly believe in conservation of the land and wildlife in our state. If hunting offends you then Arkansas probably isn't the best place for you. I choose to live off the land as much as possible. I was lucky in my career and was able to make my money early on in life. I am now effectively retired at the age of 30.

Roughly half of what my family eats I have either raised, grew, or killed. I do my best to keep my family away from mass produced chemical infested products that most of the United States chooses to buy at the supermarket. What I can not raise I buy locally at a farmers market. I feel we are healthier because of this.

hopefully this will give you an idea of what life is like in rural Arkansas, if you have any more questions or would like for me to go into a little more detail on any aspect of living here or the way I live feel free to message me.
Well said.

Although I impose myself on the urban landscape from time to time, this is pretty much my area that you describe.

I think that one of the contrasts that I first got a chortle out of, was that rural people, ranchers, cattle producers, etc., live well and enjoy the natural fruits of life, but if they feel the need, a change of clothes and a clean truck, and they can get along very well in the larger cities.

This is not true for the people from the transplant towns that I have seen.

They have this, "Don't go out there......people don't come back" kind of attitude and as a previous poster had pointed out, they do what they can to never get out in the hills, or have contact with us.

I'm a pretty friendly guy, as are most folks I know, but it's no surprise to us that we sometimes run onto folks while waiting in line at the grocery store, that when we say, "How ya'll doin'?", we get a response like we just got out of a flying saucer.

It's a shame, but then if they think they need to isolate themselves, that's their right.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This past weekend I went with my buddy Capt. Dan to Mena. We went fishing at Lake Wilhelmina St Park. WOW! What a beautiful place! The lake is surrounded on all sides by the Ouachitas. Everything was so green. all the guys fishing were very helpful with thier local knowledge. The people at the restaurants, motel and stores were very friendly and helpful.The town seems to be still recovering from the tornadoes,but they seem to be self sufficient and I think will be okay. Mena seems like a great place to live if youre looking for "laid back."
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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It's unfortunate that many of the posters here feel it's a bad thing to live in a Christian community. What's the big deal about not being able to buy liquor on Sunday? It sounds like several posters just want a break from their busy lives but not the "Big City Livin'".

As for me, the more that's said about Arkansas makes it sound more appealing. Low levels of crime, solitude, wilderness, and not that far to get to town. In San Antonio the traffic turns a 5 mile drive into a 20 minute ordeal! I'd rather have a relaxing 20 minute drive in the country. Yes, this sounds like a great place to rest my ulcer, ease the migranes, and reitre.
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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Don’t believe people that tell you to stay away.

The Upside
I was born and raised in Hot Spring Arkansas. I have traveled all over the USA. I have been all over the east coast and out west. I have never been to a place nicer than Hot Springs. Hot Springs is a resort town with lots to do compared to other places in the south. If you like fast moving traffic, low Taxes and beautiful mountains surrounded by 4 of Americas cleanest lakes, live horse racing and gaming, low crime and special festivals Hot Springs is the place to be. Our economy is picking up; our people are friendly and helpful. Public and private schools are excellent. Lakeside and lake Hamilton schools are the best in the state. National Park Community college is so cheap the governments pays most students to go to school here.
The Downside
The climate is so unpredictable and the humidity is so bad at times during our summer months you can’t drink enough water to stay hydrated. The climate can range from around 0 degrees during winter and highs in the summer around 115 degrees. It only snows a few times a year. Severe Storms occur throughout the year. Flooding happens but not that often.
The police officers are very rude and are aggressive. If you have been to Arkansas and you wonder why everyone drives slowly, it is because the police start giving out tickets at 5MPH over. Our crime like most other cities is usually alcohol and drug related. The other most common crime we have is vehicle break-ins. Don’t leave anything of value inside your car and park in a well light area.
The bugs are terrible. If you plan to go outdoors make a 1 dollar investment and buy a can of off. Off really works.
Fun Facts
Hot springs is Americas first federal reservation aka National Park.
Hot springs was the number 1 illegal gambling operation during the 60s.
The founder of Las Vegas was run out of town by the mob for trying to open a casino.
Cheese dip was invented here.
President bill Clinton was raised here.
Al Capon and thousands of gangsters and fugetives frequented Hot Springs during the 20s.
Helpful Tips
If you talk to someone from Hot Springs like you would talk to someone from New York you are asking for it.
Do Not Honk your horn at the wrong person having a bad day.
If you get lost ask someone where Central Avenue is located.
If you want a laid back atmosphere where you can meet locals do not go to LONG SHOOTS. Unless accompanied by a local.
You will fit right in if you ride a motorcycle.
Stop for pedestrians at cross walks. $350.00 fine if you don’t stop and let them walk.
Stay away from trailer parks.
No alcohol on Sundays. Only private clubs and restaurants can sell alcohol.
Spring is crazy, summer is hot, fall is beautiful, winter is boring.
Conclusion
If you move here you are in store for a culture shock. If you want to settle down and raise your children away from the big city this is the perfect place. You will love and hate this town and will fall in love with the scenery. The spring and summer months are the best times for visiting. Don’t believe people that say Arkansas is bad. Arkansas is not bad it is not overpopulated and is easy to make it. I encourage people to visit. We would enjoy having you.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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I must say that in my opinion North Little Rock has the best of everything mentioned thus far. Great neighborhoods, friendly people, not a suburb but yet has great established vibrant neighborhoods, a thriving downtown, great shopping, great schools, and close to Little Rock but not too close.

North Little Rock continues to raise the water mark for being a quality Arkansas city! I love it here!!!!
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:25 AM
 
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Wow! This post started over 5 years ago. It's interesting to see the responses over this time.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Tampa FL
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Default Where to live in ARK??

I just want to fish on a lake, or live on one! It's that simple. Where is a good place to live, that is more close to lakes than rivers? Also, a college town would be best, as my husband is a college adjunct instructor. We currently live in Tampa and can't stand it. Way too hot and muggy.
Thanks
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: House of Cards
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Donít believe people that tell you to stay away.

The Upside
I was born and raised in Hot Spring Arkansas. I have traveled all over the USA. I have been all over the east coast and out west. I have never been to a place nicer than Hot Springs. Hot Springs is a resort town with lots to do compared to other places in the south. If you like fast moving traffic, low Taxes and beautiful mountains surrounded by 4 of Americas cleanest lakes, live horse racing and gaming, low crime and special festivals Hot Springs is the place to be. Our economy is picking up; our people are friendly and helpful. Public and private schools are excellent. Lakeside and lake Hamilton schools are the best in the state. National Park Community college is so cheap the governments pays most students to go to school here.
The Downside
The climate is so unpredictable and the humidity is so bad at times during our summer months you canít drink enough water to stay hydrated. The climate can range from around 0 degrees during winter and highs in the summer around 115 degrees. It only snows a few times a year. Severe Storms occur throughout the year. Flooding happens but not that often.
The police officers are very rude and are aggressive. If you have been to Arkansas and you wonder why everyone drives slowly, it is because the police start giving out tickets at 5MPH over. Our crime like most other cities is usually alcohol and drug related. The other most common crime we have is vehicle break-ins. Donít leave anything of value inside your car and park in a well light area.
The bugs are terrible. If you plan to go outdoors make a 1 dollar investment and buy a can of off. Off really works.
Fun Facts
Hot springs is Americas first federal reservation aka National Park.
Hot springs was the number 1 illegal gambling operation during the 60s.
The founder of Las Vegas was run out of town by the mob for trying to open a casino.
Cheese dip was invented here.
President bill Clinton was raised here.
Al Capon and thousands of gangsters and fugetives frequented Hot Springs during the 20s.
Helpful Tips
If you talk to someone from Hot Springs like you would talk to someone from New York you are asking for it.
Do Not Honk your horn at the wrong person having a bad day.
If you get lost ask someone where Central Avenue is located.
If you want a laid back atmosphere where you can meet locals do not go to LONG SHOOTS. Unless accompanied by a local.
You will fit right in if you ride a motorcycle.
Stop for pedestrians at cross walks. $350.00 fine if you donít stop and let them walk.
Stay away from trailer parks.
No alcohol on Sundays. Only private clubs and restaurants can sell alcohol.
Spring is crazy, summer is hot, fall is beautiful, winter is boring.
Conclusion
If you move here you are in store for a culture shock. If you want to settle down and raise your children away from the big city this is the perfect place. You will love and hate this town and will fall in love with the scenery. The spring and summer months are the best times for visiting. Donít believe people that say Arkansas is bad. Arkansas is not bad it is not overpopulated and is easy to make it. I encourage people to visit. We would enjoy having you.
I'm from Fort Smith. I've been to Georgia and North Carolina. Spent a week in both Portland and LA. Been in Thailand for the last four months, been to Cambodia, seen Burma/Mynamar from across the river. Tried to cross the border but they wouldn't let me (just for a visa run).

Can't drive 5mph over in Arkansas, maybe in Hot Springs but not in Fort Smith. You might get a warning for "missing a gear" or something. Back in the early 2000's I had a cop in Fort Smith pull up beside me and start revving his engine and giving me the the lets race look. This was back before they had to wear cameras. He did a burnout when the light turned green, I wasn't gonna race him. I'm not stupid that would be illegal.

The UAFS police force is new though, they are different animal than the FSPD. Be careful how you drive around the college.

There was plenty of illegal gambling going on in Fort Smith back in the 90's but I think the Indian casinos in Oklahoma pretty much ended that, just made it redundant I guess.

No Alcohol on Sundays in Fort Smith either but you can always cross into Oklahoma and get the 3.2 crap if your desperate. Just stock up on Saturday or if you can't go one day without alcohol you may want to check into AA anyways.

Otherwise I've been visiting Hot Springs since I was little. Don't know anything about Long Shoots and don't plan on visiting.

But I've never seen a place quite like Hot Springs. I love to visit but I don't think I would want to live there.
I was talking to an Irish guy a couple weeks ago. He said he had been to the coasts, Seattle, New York etc. I asked him if he had seen True Grit and he said yeah. I told him thats where I'm from. He said maybe next time he would get off the coasts to get more of a real American expierience. I told him about the civil wars ruins in Fort Smith and also recommended Hot Springs as a great place to visit.

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