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Mountain View, Arkansas
Tucked in a Scenic Ozark Mountains' Valley, Homey Mountain View is Known as the "Folk Music Capital of the World" and is Close to Fishing, Kayaking and Camping Opportunities
Tucked in a pretty valley in north central Arkansas' lush Ozark Mountains, homey Mountain View started in 1878 and is infused with folk and bluegrass music. It fact, it is known as the "Folk Music Capital of the World" and has a slightly touristy vibe. Historic structures made from locally quarried stone dot the downtown.
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Mountain View is home to the Ozark Folk Festival, the Mountain View Bluegrass Festival and the renowned Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races, an event during which huge amounts of free pinto beans and freshly baked cornbread are given away. Throughout the summer, Mountain View celebrates local artisans and farmers at its nightly Pickin on the Square, a time when people from around the region gather in the park and by the gazebos to socialize, dine and enjoy fiddle, banjo and guitar music. The Ozark Folk Center is a living history park dedicated to preserving Ozark traditions. Large retailers are few, and restaurants are mostly fast food chains and diners.
Homes styles include antebellum, bungalow, ranch rambler, chalet, cabin and others. Most sit on country lots. The clear mountain streams and thick woods of the nearby Ozark National Forest are perfect for fishing, kayaking and camping. The White River is legendary for its trout fishing.
Population: 3,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 52%
Cost of Living: 37% below the national average.
Median Home Price: $205,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and summer temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain and 5 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes, but it is small with just 25 beds.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No. The nearest accredited hospital is 35 miles away in Mountain Home.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 15%
Is Arkansas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The poverty rate is slightly above the national average.
Notes: Mountain View has maintained its population within the last decade. Stone County, in which Mountain View is located, is "dry," meaning that the sale of alcohol is outlawed. Moonshine stills in the hills are not unknown. Mountain View is remote; the nearest interstate is nearly two hours away. Home prices have increased 19% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the small, unaccredited hospital should be kept in mind.
On June 15, 1836, Arkansas became the 25th state to enter the Union. It was the 9th to secede from the Union and enter the Confederacy on May 6, 1861. Its name comes from a French misinterpretation of the Sioux word for "downstream place" - acansa.
Officially known the Natural State, Arkansas has an abundance of mineral, gas, and petroleum resources. After mining, agriculture ranks high in the state's economy. With the exception of citrus fruits, Arkansans grow a wide variety of crops. Broilers, rice, soybeans, cattle, and cotton are some of their best selling products.
Arkansas contains mountains, caves, lakes, and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. The state is also home to six national parks, ten scenic byways, and 50 state parks. Although late summers can be hot and humid, Arkansas has mild climate with four distinct seasons.
Arkansan Hattie Caraway became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 1932. Other famous natives include Johnny Cash, Iris DeMent, and Billy Bob Thornton.
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