Moving to Arkansas

Arkansas is home to more than 3 million people; many residing in the capital city of Little Rock which is a hub for transportation, government, business and culture.
Dubbed the “Natural State”, Arkansas is a place of raw beauty that can be enjoyed through its many parks, lakes and reserves.
While much of the state is a natural paradise, urbanites moving to Arkansas will also find plenty to do in one of the state’s thriving city centers.

Geography & Climate

The Mississippi River runs through the state and a diverse geography that includes rugged mountains, dense forests, and the Arkansas Delta make up the landscape.
Arkansas experiences all four seasons and is known for its extreme weather. Summers are generally hot and humid. Winters bring less humidity and mild to cool temperatures. Snow is usually infrequent and light.
While it does not share a border, the state’s proximity to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, has a substantial influence on weather. Frequent storms occur throughout the state. Thunderstorms, tornados, and hailstorms are common. Arkansas is located in what is known as “Hurricane Alley” and has experienced some of the most destructive tornadoes in US history.

Community & Lifestyle

If you love nature, you’ll love Arkansas. Offering a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, you will never run out of things to do or see. Crystal clear lakes, lush forests and natural hot springs are all part of the Arkansas lifestyle.
Southern Arkansas is where you’ll find the state’s best barbecue and tamales - both of which are popular with locals and visitors alike.
*Arkansas has a vibrant arts scene with many local galleries, theaters and museums to enjoy. For nightlife, cities like Little Rock, Hot Springs, and Bentonville will provide lively opportunities for entertainment and socializing, which many venues providing live music and other entertainment.
Because of their high-quality schools, low median house prices, and low crime, Maumelle, Jonesboro, and Rogers are considered a few of the best places to raise a family within the state.
If you are planning a move to Arkansas, you may want to consider hiring professional movers. Be sure to check customer reviews and pick a company with a great reputation. High-quality moving services will help take the hassle out of your move. Moving companies will also provide a free quote so you’ll know what to budget for expenses. It’s a good idea to collect moving boxes well in advance. Creating a moving checklist is also helpful and will keep you on track.

Jobs & Local Economy

The unemployment rate in Arkansas is 3.4%, which is below the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
Arkansas is the nation's largest producer of rice, broiler chickens and turkeys. Cotton, catfish and softwood lumber production are also important to the state economy.
Tourism in Arkansas is also strong, accounting for more than $370 million in state taxes. The state’s largest employers include Wal-Mart, University of Arkansas, IBM and Hewlett Packard.
The overall cost of living in Arkansas is significantly lower than the national average.


Moving to Arkansas also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Hot Springs National Park

Uniquely located in the center of Hot Springs, Arkansas, this national park is like no other. Visitors are attracted to its natural hot springs, historic Bathhouse Row and Grand Promenade. Guests can taste the hot spring water and soak in it too at either the Buckstaff Bathhouse or Quapaw Baths and Spa. The park has 26 miles of trails to hike and a 216-foot-tall Mountain Tower from which to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains. Camping is available.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

If you’re moving to Arkansas you’ll want to dust off your mining skills at the only diamond mine in the United States, the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Visitors of this publically-owned diamond mine in Murfreesboro, get to keep whatever they find - big or small, valuable or not. With nearly a million tons of diamond bearing rock that has yet to be sorted, visitors will likely continue to find treasures for some time to come. An average of about 600 diamonds are found by guests each year. Some of the significant historic finds include 1975’s 16.37 carat diamond “Amarillo Starlight”, cut, shaped and valued between $150,000 and $175,000 and the memorable “Star of Arkansas” that auctioned for $145,000.

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Located in Hot Springs, this amusement and waterpark offers a variety of rides for the young and old including the X-Coaster, the Gauntlet and the Arkansas Twister. If it’s bungee jumping you’re into, experience The Skyshark, a skydiving, hang-gliding and bungee jumping experience. The Water Park offers a variety of activities including Bear Cub Bend for children and an awesome Boogie Blast for the fearless adult. Rides, summer concerts and special attractions for Halloween. A single price admission includes all day use of the rides and attractions in both parks.

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Educational level

Bachelors Degree or higher

Some college or Associates Degree

High School or GED

Less than High School

No Schooling

Cities in Arkansas

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