Fayetteville is considered one of the best places to live for active adults fifty five and older and provides nearby access to three assisted living communities. As a college town, the area has a population of nearly 74,000 and is located near the Ozark Mountains and the Ozark National Forest. Retirees will find the area has a resort like feel due to the beautiful natural surroundings of the mountains and forest.
The state of Arkansas has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the United States and has a cost of living below the national average. Even though the taxpayers are considered the fourteenth highest in the country, property taxes in the state are still considered relatively low. The average cost of assisted living for a one bedroom living facility is $33,720.00 per year or $2810.00 per month. For those that require a private room at a nursing home, the cost would be $4,908.00 per month.
The city of Fayetteville is considered the center for medical care within the Northwest Arkansas region. The flagship hospital in the area is the Washington Regional Medical System, a state of the art medical center providing a wide range of services. The services include rehabilitation, assisted living, kidney dialysis center and outpatient surgery.
As the third largest city in Arkansas, Fayetteville offers a thriving area for seniors to retire and enjoy a low key lifestyle. The area is an excellent location for those that enjoy towns with a small town feel, but with all of the amenities of larger size cities. Residents have an opportunity to enjoy Broadway shows, the North Arkansas Symphony and the Walton Arts Center.
The culture and economy of the town is strongly linked to the University of Arkansas with approximately 15,000 students. Downtown Fayetteville has access to unique restaurants and shops standard in college towns. Residents will find Dickson Street, the center of activity within the town. The historic district of the town is located a short distance from the University of Arkansas Campus. The street is lined with restaurants, shops and entertainment. The Fayetteville Farmers Market also provides access to a diverse array of produce with over sixty vendors on a weekly basis.
Retirees also have access to 70 parks spread across 3000 acres of trails in Fayetteville. There are multiple opportunities to enjoy swimming pools, playgrounds, baseball fields and picnic areas. The city is also easy to navigate, with bicycle friendly trails within the city limits. One of the largest events in the city is the annual Bikes Blues and Barbecue motorcycle rally. The event is open to everyone and provides the community an opportunity to feast on beef ribs while also contributing to charity. A large portion of the proceeds are donated to local charities.
Retirees will find there are a variety of activities available in the Fayetteville area. With tree lined neighborhoods, cultural events and community programs there are many options available for seniors to explore.