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Retire in Mountain View, Arkansas?

Overview:   Tucked in a valley in north central Arkansas' lush Ozark Mountains, rural Mountain View started in 1878 and has a somewhat touristy vibe. It is known as the "Folk Music Capital of the World" and is a popular place with music lovers from around the region.

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Mountain View is home to the Ozark Folk Festival, the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival, the Great Championship Outhouse Races and the Arkansas Bean Fest, an event during which huge amounts of free pinto beans and freshly baked cornbread are given away. Throughout the summer, Mountain View celebrates local artisans and farmers at its nightly "Picking on the Square," a time when residents come to a park and gazebo to socialize, dine and enjoy toe tapping music. The downtown has a sturdy quality with original structures made from locally quarried stone. The Ozark Folk Center is a living history park dedicated to preserving Ozark traditions.

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Large retailers are few, and restaurants are mostly fast food chains and diners. Homes styles include antebellum, bungalow, ranch rambler, chalet, cabin and others. Most sit on country lots. The clear mountain streams and thick woods of the nearby Ozark National Forest are perfect for fishing, kayaking and camping. The White River is legendary for its trout fishing.

Population:  3,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 52% 

Cost of Living: 18% below the national average. 

Median Home Price: $140,000

Climate:  Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and summer temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s.   On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   Yes, but it is small with just 25 beds.

At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission?  No.  The nearest accredited hospital is 35 miles away in Mountain Home.

Public Transit:  No

Crime Rate:  Meets the national average 

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Very conservative 

Is Arkansas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:  The poverty rate is slightly above the national average. 

Notes:      Mountain View has grown by 15% within the last decade or two. Stone County, in which Mountain View is located, is "dry," meaning that the sale of alcohol is outlawed.   Moonshine stills in the hills are not unknown.  Racial diversity is practically non-existent.    Mountain View is remote; the nearest interstate is nearly two hours away.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes, although the small, unaccredited hospital should be kept in mind.

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Arkansas:

On June 15, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state to enter the Union. It was the 9th to secede from the Union and enter the Confederacy on May 6, 1861. Its name comes from a French misinterpretation of the Sioux word for "downstream place" - acansa.

Officially known the Natural State, Arkansas has an abundance of mineral, gas, and petroleum resources. After mining, agriculture ranks high in the state's economy. With the exception of citrus fruits, Arkansans grow a wide variety of crops. Broilers, rice, soybeans, cattle, and cotton are some of their best selling products.

Arkansas contains mountains, caves, lakes, and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. The state is also home to six national parks, ten scenic byways, and 50 state parks. Although late summers can be hot and humid, Arkansas has mild climate with four distinct seasons.

Arkansan Hattie Caraway became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 1932. Other famous natives include Johnny Cash, Iris DeMent, and Billy Bob Thornton.

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Stats:

Population - 2,988,248

Persons 65 years old and over - 14%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 84% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 21% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 7% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 72% 

Median household income - $41,330 

Median home value - $111,400 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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