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"All About Mena, Arkansas" is
throughout America are relocating to Mena, Arkansas, due to its low cost
of living, great outdoor recreation, and relaxed friendly lifestyle. Mena is located
in the west central portion of Arkansas less than 20 miles east of the
Arkansas/Oklahoma state line. The city has a population of around
5,600 and is the county seat of Polk County, Arkansas. The county
population is over 20,000.Mena is located less than a 90 minute
drive from fun-loving Hot Springs, known for horse racing and mineral
springs bathhouses, and historic Fort Smith, a bustling hub of commerce
and home of 72,000 people.
Mena normally experiences warm to hot summers and short pleasant winters. During July, the hottest month, the daily average high is 93 degrees with an evening low of 70. In January, the coldest month, daily average highs are 49 degrees with the average evening lows of 29 degrees.
At 88%, the cost of living is below the national average with the greatest savings on housing, medical care, services, and taxes. The first $6,000 of public and private pension income and all social security proceeds are exempt from the state income tax; offering retirees maximum return on their retirement income.
Single family housing is available with homes on acreage throughout the county or on tree lined streets in traditional neighborhoods. Housing costs range from an average in the city of $47,000 to $150,000, and $70,000 to $125,000 outside the city. Real estate taxes on a $100,000 home are around $500 per year. Home owners are eligible for a $350 homestead exemption which lowers the real estate taxes on a $100,000 home to approximately $200 per year.
The 51 bed Mena Medical Center is a state-of-the-art full-care facility staffed with approximately 18 physicians and surgeons practicing a broad range of medical specialties.
The golfer will find two courses in Mena; the Lions Club Course and the Ouachita Country Club. Fishing enthusiast and boaters will enjoy beautiful 48,000 acre Lake Ouachita just one hour east of Mena. The lake's 975 miles of clear mountainous shoreline offer plenty of room for swimming, water-skiing, sailing, or angling for your favorite game fish. And just minutes from the Mena, you can drop a line in lake Wilhelmina for bass or crappie.The surrounding magnificent mountains and rivers offer unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities including hunting, canoeing, rafting, and kayaking the wild and rugged Ouachita and Cossatot Rivers featuring Class 3, 4, and 5 rapids; or hiking 75 miles of trails ranging from gentle to challenging. Throughout the 1.5 million acre Ouachita National Forest there are 32 recreational areas for you to enjoy.
The city maintains two public tennis courts, a swimming pool, and two public parks. The ten acre Janssen Park in the heart of Mena is a favorite spot for walking or jogging or just enjoying the attractions.
As you travel around Mena, you'll find beautiful scenery and enjoyable attractions. The Talimena Scenic Drive winding 54 miles from Mena to Talihina, Oklahoma spans the highest Mountain range, the Ouachitas, between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. The vistas are breathtaking, particularly in the fall of the year when the color changes the foliage blaze in hues of read, yellow, and orange.
Developed in 1898, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, perched atop 2,681 foot Rich mountain, is just 13 miles from Mena and offers visitors recreational activities, picnicking and camping, and a beautiful lodge for overnight stays or just a great meal.
Rich Mountain Community College offers classes, field trips, seminars, and workshops on subjects ranging from art to exercise walking. The college offers cultural events in addition to a program of academic pursuits.
Throughout the year, there are events, festivals, and culture for all to enjoy. Mena is small town America at its best, whether you are rooting for the Mena High School Bearcats at the homecoming game or taking in a play at the Ouachita Little Theatre. The city plays host to a number of annual events including Lum and Abner Days based on the radio personalities of the 1930's and 1940s who were from Mena to the Annual Rod Run where you'll view some of the nations finest renovations.
The stores of downtown and the shopping centers offer just about everything you could need or desire with services by discounters, specialty shops, antique shops, Vision Realty, and stores readily available. From bowling center to quality restaurants, everything is available to suit most people's needs and desires.
Mena offers many of the ingredients for a retirement; a safe and friendly community, good shopping and services; and great outdoor recreation as diverse as you like. If you are looking for a relaxed carefree small town lifestyle, Mena, the pride of the Ouachitas, could be your ideal retirement destination.
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