Eureka Springs : Arkansas

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What it's Like to Retire in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is a Victorian resort village in the northwest corner of Arkansas. Its steep winding streets and well-preserved Victorian-era homes give it an alpine feeling. Many of the buildings are built with local stone. The undulating streets rise and fall with the topography in a five-mile long loop.  Eureka Springs has been selected as one of America's Distinctive Destinations.  The city welcomes diversity and the arts, in addition to having a very strong christian presence with a large statue of Christ and a very popular Great Passion Play performed outdoors.


Where to Retire in Eureka Springs and Home Prices

About 2000 people live here in this charming town, about 35 miles from Fayetteville and Bentonville. There are active adult communities in or near Eureka Springs.  Median home prices were about $128,000 in early 2014.


What is special about Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is an unusually beautiful tourist town in the wonderful Ozark Mountains. The streets are so steep and winding that the Basin Park Hotel can be entered at ground level on any of its 8 floors.

What is not special about Eureka Springs

With only about 2400 residents Eureka Springs is a very small town. The average age, 46, is 10 years older than the rest of the state.

Who will like retirement in Eureka Springs

People who like living in a beautiful tourist town with a lot to do will enjoy retirement in Eureka Springs.  The town welcomes diversity. Those who enjoy victorian architecture will particularly like it. And the large active adult communities in the area allow the possibility of living in a development but having an interesting town to visit nearby.

Local economy is driven by

Retirees looking for part time work will probably find it in this tourist-based economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Eureka Springs is located in northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Nearby towns include Branson, MO; Fayetteville, AR; and Bentonville, AR.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Eureka Springs is a cultural oasis for this region. Its May Fine Arts Festival is a celebration of the art, music, and creativity and is one of the defining features of the Eureka community. Numerous other art and music festivals and events crowd the schedule. The Great Passion Play is the most well-attended outdoor drama in the U.S. Poetry, the blues, and theatre are celebrated in Eureka Springs.


Crime has recently skyrocketed to nearly double the national average.

Medical facilities

Eureka Springs Hospital serves the community.


Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is about 40 miles away near Fayetteville.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia entry for Eureka Springs
Guide to Eureka Springs events
Arkansas retirement guide

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  • State: AR
  • Environment: Mountain,Small Town,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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