If you’re contemplating a complete change in scenery and want to start anew, you’re probably wondering where ARE the best cities in Arkansas where one can find themselves in the middle of the country’s most beautiful territory? Granted, we Arkansans enjoy keeping the many benefits of our beloved home state under wraps so as not to overpopulate ourselves – if everyone knew how great life in Arkansas can be, well, then too many people would move here! These cities and towns represent the best places to live in Arkansas and should be front-runners in the minds of anyone considering a major move to Arkansas.
11. Little Rock
Despite the constantly fluctuating population and road construction, the capital city's not as bad as its reputation suggests. The continuously growing West Little Rock is the preferred location for town newcomers and downtown Little Rock is facilitating changes in the River Market District as well with new shops and restaurants. This fall will mark the opening of Little Rock's newest & largest outlet mall in Otter Creek.
The past three decades have been good to this northwest Arkansas town, once known only for its agricultural prowess. Rogers has grown into its own individual locale and is still rural enough to enjoy lots of countryside while having access to the city.
Finally having established itself as a college town rather than a farming town, Jonesboro is a great place to raise the kids & features much more shopping and restaurant options over the past decade.
Life on the border town is improving! Residents enjoy being the halfway point between Little Rock and Dallas, and Texarkana is also gaining a small amount of fame as a tourist town attraction because of its unique showcase of separation between Arkansas and Texas.
With its close location to the White River and its wealth of outdoor activities, Batesville is a very attractive town to those considering a move to the Natural State. Education is a high priority as well in this town, as the K-12 schools in the area are committed to improvement and growth each year with Batesville's youth.
One of Arkansas's larger college towns, Conway is growing rapidly with restaurant as well as shopping options and remains a preferable option for those who prefer town living but would rather stay away from the hustle and bustle of Little Rock, only 20 minutes away.
The fourth-largest city in Arkansas, Springdale is another town that has grown leaps and bounds over the past 30 years thanks to the overall success northwest Arkansas has experienced. Springdale's schools are high performers and the town also boasts Arvest Ballpark, home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals MLB team.
4. Bella Vista
This one-time summer resort town, located near the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in the uppermost western part of the state, has seven lakes that come in quite handy for those hot summer days and various year-round outdoor activities that locals love.
3. Siloam Springs
Neighboring Bella Vista on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, Siloam Springs is also another popular location for those just moving to the Natural State. Siloam Springs, founded off of the healing waters of Sager Creek, is a hotspot for Arkansan, Oklahoman, and Cherokee Native arts and culture.
The Natural State's most popular college town remains the standard of education in the state. Fayetteville not only boasts the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, home of our beloved Arkansas Razorbacks, but also features numerous high quality K-12 schools as well. Fayetteville's storied nightlife also remains a draw for those moving to Arkansas.
Thank the Waltons for the financial success of this northwest Arkansas town and thank Mother Nature for its vast beauty. Bentonville is an idyllic town for living without the tourist factor of beautiful locales like Hot Springs or Eureka Springs. The Crystal Bridges Museum and the original Walton's Five & Dime are fun attractions to visit for newcomers.
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