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Why Harrison?

Source: Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce. Click here for the original article.

Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Harrison, county seat of Boone County, is home to 13,000 people who live, work and play in a city with the conveniences of an urban setting but the benefits of small-town friendliness. About a half-hour south of Branson, Mo., and 45 minutes east of Eureka Springs, Ark., it is nationally recognized as one of the “Best Small Towns in America” with a downtown lake and a beautiful town. It was featured in Where to Retire magazine as one of the best retirement towns.

Our scenic canyons, hills and rivers allow privacy and wide-open spaces, and nearby Branson and Springfield, Mo., offer metropolitan amenities such as live performances and varied dining and shopping options. For outdoor lovers, canoeing and fishing amid the limestone bluffs and serene scenery on Buffalo National River are popular activities. The low cost of living, laid-back lifestyle and historic downtown continue to draw families and retirees alike.

The moderate climate provides four distinct seasons and favors outdoor activities: from flowering springtime, through summer fun and colorful autumn, to winter which offers both sunshine and snowfall. Winter averages 45 degrees, and summer averages 92 degrees. Precipitation is usually well-distributed throughout the year. One or more snowfalls occur each winter, but the snow cover usually only remains for a few days. Elevation is 1,359 above sea level.

Harrison’s diverse economy is strong and unemployment is low thanks to a large manufacturing community. Wood products, die-casting, trucking, electronics and warehousing all play a key role. Agriculture, tourism and a growing retirement population provide added economic opportunities.

The public schools are fully accredited with four elementary schools, a middle, junior high and high school.

North Arkansas College is a comprehensive community college serving 4,000 students annually. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northark offers university transfer, technical associate degrees, business and industry training, adult education/GED and noncredit community education courses. Northark has earned a reputation for excellence for its nursing and allied health and information technology programs.

Recreational activities include country clubs, golf courses and a racquet club. Waterways, including Bull Shoals Lake, Norfork Lake, Table Rock Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Taneycomo , White River, Buffalo River and Kings River, offer world-class trout and bass fishing, boating, canoeing and other water sports. City parks offer tennis and basketball courts, picnic facilities, a walking trail, fishing, playgrounds and a municipal pool. There are baseball, softball and soccer fields for league play. The Sports Complex hosts annual sports tournaments and the large multi-purpose Youth Center is a facility for groups and organizations of all types and ages.

The Ozark Arts Council includes the Buffalo River Concert Association, the Theatre Company, the Harrison Art League, Northark Drama, the Twentieth Century Club and the Woman’s Book Club. The historic Lyric Theater downtown hosts musicals, dramas, comedies, concerts, classic films and civic events.

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison is a 174-bed fully certified medical facility providing a wide range of hospital services. NARMC has 800 employees, 49 active medical staff members, 33 consultant physicians and 24-hour emergency service with physician, staff and ambulances.

Travel is easy because all the major roads connecting Harrison to Northwest Arkansas intersect in Harrison. U.S. Highways 62, 65 and 412, as well as Arkansas Highway Scenic 7, all connect to Harrison. We are also accessible by commercial air service at Boone County Regional airport. Two major airports are within close proximity.