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Rogers, Site of the First Walmart, is in a Scenic Part of the Country and Has Tree-Lined Neighborhoods, a Nice Historic Downtown and Nearby Lake Recreation
Down the road from 12,000-acre Hobbs State Park Conservation Area in northwestern Arkansas' scenic Ozark Mountains, Rogers is pleasant and suburban. It is adjacent to Bentonville, Walmart's headquarters, and it was the site of the first Walmart Discount City.
Numerous Fortune 500 companies, including IBM and Johnson and Johnson, have offices here, and national publications have hailed Rogers as a great place to live. Its well-maintained, eight-block historic downtown has brick streets and brick rowhouses with fun shops and cafes. Several attractive shopping malls are in the area, including Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Restaurants are plentiful, with many receiving rave reviews. The University of Arkansas has a global campus here, and the city has an extensive parks system. The Rogers Little Theatre boasts a robust schedule. Neighborhoods are well kept, leafy and peppered with brick homes.
There are five golf courses in and around town, and Hobbs State Park's 28,000-acre Beaver Lake is perfect for fishing, backpacking and hiking.
Population: 72,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $400,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and 10 inches of snow per year. The elevation is 1,330 feet above sea level.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Ozark Regional Transit
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 35%
Is Arkansas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 180% greater than the national average.
Notes: Rogers has grown 15% within the last decade and has a friendly reputation. Home prices have increased 2% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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, 10 scenic byways, and 50 state parks. Although late summers can be hot and humid, Arkansas generally has a 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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