Rural Life in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas: Initial installment on series of the best sections of North America in which to pursue rural life, including population, jobs and crime, real estate and taxes, and education and health.



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The growing season in the Ozarks is about 180 days. The first killing frosts usually occur in late October and the last in late April.
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The Ozarks abound with beautiful waterways.
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Farmers' market offers great bargains to Ozarkers.
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Examples of the traditional rustic hardware store are easy to find in Arkansas.
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Craftspeople, of which there are many, have little trouble finding outlets for their wares.
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Downtown Eureka Springs offer historical charm.
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Small family farming is still the backbone of the rural Arkansas economy.
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It's hard to beat the view afforded by the rolling Arkansas hills.
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