If you love the outdoors, Arkansas is the perfect place to look for senior housing. Known as “The Natural State,” the Ozark Mountains offer spectacular mountain views for hikers, campers and hunters, and you’ll find the sparkling lakes of the Oachitas and its surrounding regions ideal for those who love to boat and fish. The climate is mild, with moderate winters and warm summers—so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round.

If you love culture, you’ll find plenty to do in Arkansas. The state has a wide range of historic sites, including Civil War battlefields and gracious pre-civil-war homes and mansions. In the cities of Arkansas, you’ll find art museums and galleries, theatre, symphony orchestras, fine dining and shopping.

Many retirees find Arkansas assisted living facilities to be extremely affordable. Arkansas offers a low cost of living and a low tax burden on retirees. In addition, home pricing is startlingly affordable compared to many states in the US. In addition, many senior housing communities in Arkansas are located near excellent medical facilities.

Here’s an overview of some of the most popular places for retirement in Arkansas.

Fayetteville

Despite being one of the fastest-growing areas in Arkansas, Fayetteville has managed to keep its small-town feel. It’s a college town dominated by the University of Arkansas, offering cultural, musical and community events year-round. The town is close to the Ozarks, with easy access to breathtaking trails. It’s close to the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, as well as two hospitals and medical centers. Despite its status as one of Arkansas’ larger towns, the cost of living here is lower than the national average.

Bentonville

Located in northwestern Arkansas, Bentonville is a rising star to retirees. It offers a low cost of living, low housing prices, low crime rates and excellent medical care—and it’s close to all the entertainment and culture Fayetteville has to offer. It’s also home to Wal-Mart corporate headquarters, and has recently attracted many Wal-Mart business partners and executives. Because of this recent influx of high-level Wal-Mart employees, Bentonville has a slightly more sophisticated feel than smaller Arkansas towns. Bentonville is located near Bella Vista, one of the largest retirement communities in the US.

Huntsville

A quiet town that’s still convenient to Fayetteville, Huntsville offers a slower pace of life—with close proximity to the Ozarks, the Buffalo National River, and the beautiful outdoor vistas Arkansas is known for.  The community offers low housing prices, low crime rates, and a tight-knit community that’s welcoming to retirees.

Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village is more than a town—it’s the country’s largest gated community, with approximately 14,000 residents. It doesn’t cater solely to retirees, but the average age of its residents is approximately 45-64—demonstrating its attractiveness to retirees. Nestled within the Oachita Mountains near Hot Springs and Little Rock, the town is close to Hot Springs National Park—the oldest national park in the US.  Daily living expenses in this town are low, with homes starting at a very affordable $60,000 and a low tax burden on retirees.

There are plenty of reasons to find your senior living community in Arkansas. Whether you’re looking for the great outdoors, nightlife and culture, or a relaxed small-town atmosphere, Arkansas has what you want. In addition, the mild climate, low cost of living, low crime rates in many cities, and low property and sales taxes make Arkansas senior living communities extremely attractive to retirees. Check out the Arkansas assisted living communities and senior housing options listed here—and find your perfect senior housing community today.