Best Places to Live

Little Rock, AR

Population: 196,943
Photo Courtesy of Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

Arkansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of great places to retire, but hear us out.

Located in central Arkansas, Little Rock has a low cost of living when compared to other cities, so your retirement savings will go further here. Beyond that, there’s always something happening in Little Rock, whether it’s the annual RiverFest music festival, the Little Rock Marathon or dozens of other events and community gatherings. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by people of all ages in Little Rock, which will keep you feeling young —  just 13 percent of the city’s 200,000 residents are over the age of 65.

When it comes to quality healthcare, Little Rock is home to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, an academic medical center and teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care for cancer, stroke, heart conditions and more. 

What’s more, it’s easy to lead a healthy lifestyle and stay active in Little Rock — take a leisurely bike ride along the Arkansas River Trail, stroll through the downtown River Market neighborhood or hike the more than 15 miles of trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. You won’t run out of golf courses to explore either, including the 18-hole championship Rebsamen Golf Course and the War Memorial Park Golf Course, just to name a few.

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