These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arkansas


We analyzed over 52 places in Arkansas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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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:

  1. Van Buren
  2. De Queen
  3. Greenwood
  4. Warren
  5. El Dorado
  6. Fort Smith
  7. North Little Rock
  8. Cabot
  9. Sherwood
  10. Pine Bluff

Why did Van Buren take the top spot? And where are Little Rock and Fort Smith? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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.

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1. Van Buren

Van Buren, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,955
Cost 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

De Queen, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,671
Cost 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.

3. Greenwood


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.

4. Warren

Warren, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,918
Cost 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

El Dorado, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,590
Cost 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

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,193
Cost 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

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,731
Cost 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.

8. Cabot

Cabot, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,768
Cost 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.

9. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,061
Cost 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

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,058
Cost 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:

  • Farmington
  • Jonesboro
  • Marion

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Arkansas

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Van Buren 1 22,955 81 100 3,807
De Queen 2 6,671 76 172 2,488
Greenwood 3 9,222 83 112 748
Warren 4 5,918 76 146 1,977
El Dorado 5 18,590 77 130 5,653
Fort Smith 6 87,193 81 103 6,118
North Little Rock 7 64,731 81 129 5,054
Cabot 8 24,768 90 115 3,209
Sherwood 9 30,061 89 126 4,377
Pine Bluff 10 47,058 77 129 6,868
Monticello 11 9,718 79 134 4,311
Maumelle 12 17,565 101 137 2,385
Arkadelphia 13 10,703 86 187 3,298
Crossett 14 5,389 77 123 7,478
Siloam Springs 15 15,614 80 75 3,560
Jacksonville 16 28,728 82 122 5,235
Mountain Home 17 12,338 86 138 4,028
Magnolia 18 11,681 83 140 3,176
Berryville 19 5,329 82 129 4,878
Hope 20 10,033 76 172 5,920
Alma 21 5,514 84 105 5,712
Stuttgart 22 9,269 79 96 4,617
Rogers 23 58,944 83 96 3,370
Benton 24 32,208 86 150 4,914
Pocahontas 25 6,543 77 60 4,661
Mena 26 5,701 79 145 5,051
Camden 27 11,861 77 155 4,856
Harrison 28 13,103 81 154 5,777
Trumann 29 7,222 78 38 8,377
West Memphis 30 25,767 79 14 7,098
Heber Springs 31 7,177 88 120 4,862
White Hall 32 5,392 89 131 1,335
Conway 33 62,455 88 140 5,227
Clarksville 34 9,286 80 144 3,995
Little Rock 35 196,188 88 136 8,671
Helena-West Helena 36 11,795 75 50 7,282
Beebe 37 7,688 83 108 5,267
Centerton 38 10,278 82 89 1,206
Morrilton 39 6,764 79 156 5,070
Russellville 40 28,581 87 166 4,929
Lowell 41 7,756 82 96 1,843
Wynne 42 8,296 79 47 7,606
Osceola 43 7,535 79 18 6,489
Fayetteville 44 77,264 91 96 4,909
Bella Vista 45 27,273 88 91 755
Paragould 46 26,859 80 32 7,863
Blytheville 47 15,251 78 3 9,927
Newport 48 7,817 76 75 8,353
Texarkana 49 30,015 82 168 6,799
Marion 50 12,354 89 17 4,816
Jonesboro 51 70,217 88 42 5,058
Farmington 52 6,208 86 91 5,976

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