Life in the Natural State is good. It’s probably too good, because when you leave you’ll start noticing things that are missing from your life. It’s official: Arkansas has spoiled you. Even the things that might have once been a pain become sentimental. These are the uniquely Arkansas habits, traditions, and day-to-day activities that stick with you no matter where you go. You’ll miss that old Arkansas feeling when you’re gone, and you’ll be happy whenever you come back to renew your spirit!
10. The daily commute is not complicated.
Driving in Arkansas is fun because it's so easy to get from point A to point B. Yes, construction and weather get in the way, but when it comes down to it, driving to work in Little Rock is much less frustrating than doing so in a larger city.
9. The diversity of the state parks is visually overwhelming.
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8. Politics, politics, politics...they will haunt you.
When people fly into Little Rock, they arrive at the Clinton National Airport. It's very difficult to avoid a political discussion when you reveal that you're from Arkansas.
7. Bliss is just an hour's drive away.
Peace and quiet is not hard to find in Arkansas. No matter where you're at, you can find a serene place for meditation if you're willing to hop into the car and drive for a little while.
6. The low cost of living is brag-worthy.
People find themselves moving back to Arkansas just for the low cost of living. It's not just an idea for retirees anymore; Arkansas is a great place to spend (and save) your whole life and not just in your golden years.
5. There's nothing like a friendly Arkansas gathering.
It's a shock to the system when you move away from small town Arkansas and find yourself in a city where nobody has a barbecue grill and the local festivals cost an arm and a leg for admission. Arkansas festivals are frequent and often free.
4. You'll run with the Hogs for life.
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3. A part of you will always crave mountain music.
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2. The food is REALLY that good here.
Yes, there are a lot of gyms and outdoor opportunities for recreation and exercise around Arkansas. However, the state ranks highly when it comes to obesity for a reason. There are simply more good restaurants than anything else around the Natural State.
1. Vacationing anywhere else just becomes expensive and unnecessary.
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It’s great to be ruined so well! The longer you stay away from Arkansas, the stronger you’ll feel about the way of life here. For many, this is a sign that it’s time to take a trip back to the Natural State. Stay for a while and you’ll be so spoiled that you’ll find that life anywhere else is just an everyday grind.