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Retirement Services

Competitive Strengths of Clark County


Many communities in the South have experienced a large growth of retirees and related retirement services primarily due to their small town feel, warm climates, scenic landscapes, lower costs of living, safe environments and amenities such as cultural, educational and recreational activities.  The scenic beauty, favorable climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and low cost of living available in Clark County are likely to attract retirees to the area in the future.  An increasing number of people are also choosing to retire in college towns and Arkadelphia is home to Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University.


Available healthcare

  • Baptist Health Medical Center - Arkadelphia (BHMC-A) became part of Baptist Health in 1981 when the operations of Clark County Memorial Hospital were assumed. 

  • BHMC-A serves residents of Southwest Arkansas by offering services such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and digital mammography, for early detection of breast cancer.  

  • It also serves the community through its Delicious Deliveries program, in which hot meals are served to nearly 500 rural and elderly residents in more than 40 Arkansas counties, and it has the responsibility for LifeLine, a personal emergency response system for the handicapped and elderly, which covers the entire state of Arkansas. 


Adequate pool of healthcare professionals and strong educational programs to provide trained healthcare workers.

  • Henderson State University (HSU) in Arkadelphia has an enrollment of more than 3,700 students and grants Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees.  HSU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 50 program areas including human services, biology, chemistry, sociology, gerontology, and nursing. 

  • Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) in Arkadelphia is a four-year liberal arts college which has an enrollment of over 1,500 students. OBU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 60 program areas of study including biology, chemistry, dental hygiene, dietetics and nutrition, kinesiology and leisure studies, nursing, and medicine.


Favorable Climate

  • The average temperature in Clark County is 43 degrees Fahrenheit in January and 82 degrees Fahrenheit in July.


Low Cost Of Living

  • The cost of living index in Arkadelphia is 75.82 which means, when compared to the rest of the country, Arkadelphia's cost of living is 24.18 percent lower than the U.S. average.


Cultural and Recreational Amenities

  • Clark County is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and near DeGray Lake, which provides residents with opportunities for fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking.

  • DeGray Lake State Park includes a full-service marina and a public 18-hole golf course.

  • The community of Arkadelphia has a system of city parks which includes walking and jogging trails.


Concentration of retirees and other potential customers who will need services.

  • Arkansas's population is aging and more than 25 percent of Arkansas residents are age 55 or older.


Available Housing for Retirees

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