When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.
But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Arkansas.
But where exactly in Arkansas? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.
To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Arkansas that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.
What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Van Buren don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Natural State to retire:
- Van Buren
- De Queen
- El Dorado
- Fort Smith
- North Little Rock
- Pine Bluff
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Natural State
To create our list of the best places in Arkansas to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Natural State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.
This left us with 52 places from across the state.
For these 52, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living
- Low crime
- Things to do (As measured by population density)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 52, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Van Buren, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
1. Van Buren
Population: 22,955Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,807
Van Buren ranked 1 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.
2. De Queen
Population: 6,671Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 172 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,488
De Queen ranked 2 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.
Population 2014: 9,222 Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 112 miles
Crime Per 100k: 748
Greenwood ranked 3 overall thanks to its 33 place rank for cost of living and 1 place safety rank.
Population: 5,918Cost Of Living: 76
Distance to Closest Airport: 146 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,977
Warren ranked 4 overall thanks to its 3 place rank for cost of living and 6 place safety rank.
5. El Dorado
Population: 18,590Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 130 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,653
El Dorado ranked 5 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 35 place safety rank.
6. Fort Smith
Population: 87,193Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 103 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,118
Fort Smith ranked 6 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 40 place safety rank.
7. North Little Rock
Population: 64,731Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 129 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,054
North Little Rock ranked 7 overall thanks to its 24 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.
Population: 24,768Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 115 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,209
Cabot ranked 8 overall thanks to its 50 place rank for cost of living and 10 place safety rank.
Population: 30,061Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 126 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,377
Sherwood ranked 9 overall thanks to its 48 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.
10. Pine Bluff
Population: 47,058Cost Of Living: 77
Distance to Closest Airport: 129 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,868
Pine Bluff ranked 10 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 43 place safety rank.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Arkansas goes to Van Buren.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
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