If you retire in Eureka Springs Arkansas, it will be like living in a doll house town. Blocks of unique Victorian homes, a well preserved city center with boutiques, galleries, museums and restaurants. The Eureka Springs Auditorium hosts top name performers and has everything from jazz, blues and opera to country and western. A horse drawn carriage ride will take you around downtown. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Eureka Springs as one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”
Right in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Eureka has all manner of outdoor activities including fishing, rafting and hiking as well as golf and tennis. For the second time, Eureka Springs has been named one of the 100 best Great Towns in America. “The Great Passion Play” is in its 49th season.
A really interesting thing to do is take the Underground Eureka Springs Tour. The city is in a narrow valley at the headwaters of Leatherwood Creek. Originally Main Street was built in a down along the water. It was called Mud Street because it was often underwater. In 1890 the area underwent significant improvements by raising the street level to the second story of most buildings. The area below was walled off and now lie hidden within limestone tunnels.
Eureka Springs was selected because it is not only scenic, but has one of the lowest crime rates in Arkansas and in the US. Just over 3,000 people call this home and 19.3% are over the age of 65! The average low temperature in January is 28 degrees and the average high in August is 89 degrees. ES sees 46.5 inches of rain and some snow each year. The average snow days is 8.2. The median home price of an owner-occupied home is $125,000 although there are some areas that are considerably higher. The closest major airport is in Branson, Missouri, about 40 miles away. There is a little hospital in town with 15 beds. The tornado risk in Eureka Springs is significantly lower than the rest of the state.
Eureka Springs has the Festival of the Arts in May each ear with a month long celebration of the arts, food and music. The Wine Festival is in November and the Mardi Gras Extravaganza is in February or March. There are music festivals galore and a poetry festival. Every weekend in the summer you will find music in the park. The Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway has operated in Eureka Springs since 1981.
Eureka Springs would be a great little town for retirement!