Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Retire in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Looking for an Arkansas retirement community? One visit to Hot Springs and you'll see why Places to Retire and Modern Maturity magazines consistently rank it as one of the best places in America to retire. Hot Springs, Arkansas retirement communities combine great scenic beauty, friendly people and an affordable cost of living with amenities to fit every lifestyle. Eleven championship golf courses, three pristine blue fishing and boating lakes, a thriving fine arts and cultural experience and the finest health-care facilities you'll find anywhere in a community this size all combine to make Hot Springs a retiree's dream. Excellent schools, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a thriving economy and big-city amenities make Hot Springs the obvious choice for retirement or relocation.

Weather: Hot Springs, Arkansas Climate
Hot Springs has four distinct seasons, all generally mild. Average rainfall is 54 inches a year with the heaviest rainfall usually in April and May. Average relative humidity is 75%.

Retirement Communities: Hot Springs Village Gated Retirement Living

Health Care:
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center
300 Werner St. , Hot Springs , AR 71913

National Park Medical Center HealthPark
1636 Higdon Ferry Rd. , Hot Springs , AR 71913
1010 Malvern Ave. , Hot Springs , AR 71901

Levi Hospital
300 Prospect Ave. , Hot Springs , AR 71901

Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center
105 Reserve St. , Hot Springs , AR

Colleges and Universities:
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
200 Whittington Ave. , Hot Springs , AR 71901

Cost of Living: Hot Springs ended 2006 listed as one of ten least expensive places to live in the United States . Hot Springs had been ranked just outside the top ten at 12 overall for most of the year prior to ACCRA ’s latest release. The Index is a calculation of the cost of living for 311 urban areas across the United States . According to the report, Hot Springs also has the lowest cost of living index of all Arkansas metro areas.

Transportation: Transportation includes one commercial airline along with charter and rental services. Hot Springs Municipal Airport features instrument approaches: ILS, VOR, NDB, DME and with a runway 5-23 of 6,600 ft. x 150 ft. Convenient shuttle service is available to the Little Rock National Airport or by car the major airport is just an hour away.
By rail, Hot Springs has direct service to Amtrak passenger stations in Malvern and Little Rock using the Hot Springs Shuttle for shuttle service between Hot Springs and trainside. Malvern’s station is designated Malvern/Hot Springs National Park. Amtrak’s Texas Eagle superliner serves this station daily with service from Chicago to Dallas, San Antonio, and Los Angeles. 1-800-872-7245 http://www.amtrak.com/

Population: According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 37,847.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $93,600 (it was $71,700 in 2000)

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