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Ten Reasons to Live in Pine Bluff, AR

  • Water, water everywhere! Water lovers will enjoy all the lakes and rivers in Pine Bluff. This Arkansas town is home to the longest bayou in the world, Bayou Bartholomew, which is a little known hot-spot for catching catfish and other types of fresh fish. The area is also home to many large bodies of water; the most famous of these is Lake Saracen.

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  • Culture abounds! Pine Bluff hosts festivals during every season of the year. During Christmas, the town gets into the holiday season with the Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends, which is the biggest Christmas light drive-through display in the United States. Every summer, Pine Bluff has an equally big Fourth of July Festival with fireworks, food and music.
  • Take in some history and art! There's plenty of museums and displays to visit in downtown Pine Bluff. The Arkansas Railroad Museum showcases railroad trains and accessories from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; its centerpiece is a fully restored steam locomotive that used to run in Arkansas during the early 1900's. Art and history lovers will enjoy looking at the City of Murals. These murals, displayed on buildings downtown, illustrate Pine Bluff's early history.
  • Get some green! Pine Bluff features several city parks. Water lovers can launch boats, fish or swim at Jefferson Country Regional Park, while hikers can climb the trails at Brumps Bayou Park.
  • Keep it local. This community values local contributions. The Farmers' Market provides locals with the opportunity to sell homegrown produce as well as homemade art, jewelry and other crafts; there are also local vendors located along the Lakeside Pavillion.
  • Renting opportunities abound. Nearly 50% of Pine Bluff residents rent their homes. Popular neighborhoods include Linwood and Sulphur Springs.
  • Time to learn! Art and science lovers will want to check out the Arts and Sciences Center for Southeastern Arkansas, which offers classes and workshops as well as exhibits related to art and science. Musicians will be interested in the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, which celebrates all musicians, actors and writers who hail from Arkansas. This museum includes an animated statue of Johnny Cash playing some of his songs, as well as exhibits on John Grisham, Levon Helm and other famous Arkansas residents.
  • Affordable housing! Houses are very affordable in Pine Bluff -- the median price for a house was $71,500 in 2012, having grown by 38% since 2000. Many people own property along Highway 425 or on Hickory Street.
  • Home options. If you are looking to save money, you can enter a rent to own agreement instead of purchasing your home outright, with many properties costing as little as $50 per square foot. There are many affordable rent to own homes in residential Pine Bluff and downtown Pine Bluff.
  • Neighbors look out for each other. With an average monthly rent of $575 in 2012, it's no wonder that buying or renting houses is popular here, especially when you factor in the neighborhood camaraderie. The Neighborhood Watch program keeps crime down; there are also many opportunities to volunteer in Pine Bluff to improve communities.