The northwest and north central corners of Arkansas are gaining a deserved reputation as a recreation oasis, with the Ozark Mountains and plenty of lakes and streams, and the low key town of Russellville, population 20,000, is situated along the Arkansas River in the middle of this natural beauty. Retirees, in particular, are discovering Russellville, appreciating the affordable homes, low cost of living, roughly 15% below the national average, and the leisurely lifestyle. Of the population, 32% is age 45 or better.
The main reason to retire here is the bounty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Lake Dardanelle, 35,0000 acres of fresh, clean water, and Lake Dardanelle State Park provide a playground where adventurous retirees can play all year long. Fishing is particular popular here, and bass fishermen travel from around the region to partake in the local waters. Camping, kayaking, river rafting, bird watching, hiking and rock climbing round out the choices. In short, there is always something to do.
Things to do indoors a bit more limited, but there is an Art Walk every four months, an event in which residents can get out to enjoy the local artistic offerings while listening to music and sampling great food.
Russellville does not have a public bus system, but it has a very good medical facility. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and meets or exceeds national averages in most areas.
It should be noted that Russellville is the site of Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas’ only nuclear reactor. The facility was built in 1974 and has a reliable safety record.
Crime in Russellville is above the national average but only slightly, and most crime is property related.
This is a very conservative town, one in which 70% or more of residents call themselves Republican. Traditional values matter and are respected.
Small but welcoming, Russellville offers an affordable retirement in a very pretty locale and should be considered at retirement time.