New In Town

Wappapello, MO

#1 Jul 4, 2013
Hello,
I was wanting some input from those of you who live in Mountain Home. My fiancée and I will be getting married next year and I will graduate with an RN degree in December. We plan to move to Mountain home sometime next year to rent while we build a house. We have been there for vacation several times and just LOVE it but I live in a lake town now so I know how different it can be living somewhere rather than just vacationing. Please let me know how you all like it and any suggestions you may have. I'm especially interested if any nurses or other health care personnel would like to tell me about the hospital and how you like working there. Thanks ahead of time!
Im not really here

Flippin, AR

#2 Jul 4, 2013
Please don't ask questions like that here. Topix is the underside of the bridge where all the trolls live. I only lurk on occasion because it's cheap entertainment and serves to remind me what drama-starved people with no lives do all day.
As for your question: Yes. Mountain Home and several of the surrounding towns along the lake are very nice places to live. People here are generally quite friendly. Though, there are always exceptions to the rule (see trolls with no lives reference above and examples under most every topic). Crime is relatively low. Cost of living is average. The job market, like in most places now, is unfavorable. And there isn't a whole lot to do here unless you're really into fishing, boating, hunting, nature trails, arts and crafts festivals, etc.
Life is very slow-paced and fairly quiet. There really isn't much in the way of shopping and dining choices, as compared to larger cities, but that's really the price you pay for slow living and low crime rates.
The rental market is a bit tongue-in-cheek, again, much like most places now. You can likely get into a small apartment, but housing rentals are a bit harder to come by, as most people in this economy are trying to sell their spare houses for a bit of financial breathing room.
Since you've vacationed here, I'm sure you have a pretty good idea of what the area has to offer, so you'll likely not encounter much in the way of surprises, and I'm certain the majority of what I've laid out here is rhetorical. So feel free to weigh the pros and cons, but if you're eager to jump into the laid-back lifestyle, then there's a far better than average chance you'd enjoy calling this place, "home". Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.
New In Town

Wappapello, MO

#3 Jul 5, 2013
Thank you kindly for your post, exactly what I was looking for. Don't worry about me taking what people say to heart on here, I know all too well the ignorance of most topix followers. I just wanted to start this thread in the off chance that someone like you would come around for an answer.:)
Thank you for the congratulations as well. The town we live in now is about the same size population wise but much much smaller as far as shopping selection goes so I think we'll be pleasantly surprised upon moving. We're "back woods" kind of people so I'm hoping Mountain Home and surrounding area is just what we're looking for. Thanks again!
Love MH

Ash Flat, AR

#4 Jul 5, 2013
I agree with the above poster. Area schools are good, low crime, very safe, and quiet. Although shopping isn't much, we aren't too far at all from Branson for shopping and entertainment and a little farther to Springfield or Fayetteville for the malls. The weather is often exceptional compared to other places with summers not too hot (last year was an exception to that) and winters not too harsh (with the occasional ice storm, but just occasional). The scenery and atmosphere is glorious, most people are friendly and outgoing (except those trolls, but there are bridges they lurk under in every town). Kids often complain it is "boring" but I would rather raise them in the "boring" beautiful Ozarks than on some dangerous city streets filled with crime any day.
P.S. And if you get too "bored," Topix is ALWAYS a good place to go and let these trolls remind you how good your life really is compared to their drama.
Beth

Cherokee Village, AR

#5 Jul 7, 2013
I will say pay is very very low and everything is expensive. So you will need 2 jobs to really make a living. All above mentioned is very true, I love it here.
New Resident

Hardy, AR

#6 Jul 8, 2013
We've recently relocated to Mt. Home ourselves from the delta region of the state. I agree with the previous posters in most respects, except that compared to where I came from, there is quite a bit more as far as eating and shopping and general activity in town. There's always some type of activity going on. Also, I'm in the health field and will be starting a new job soon that pays $1 more and hour than where I worked previously. Groceries are a bit more expensive, but there are things I'm willing to pay for in order to live in a great place like this. IMO, this is my slice of Heaven.
New in Town

Wappapello, MO

#7 Jul 9, 2013
Thanks so much everyone for your honest and positive posts, I really do appreciate it. Although I know this is not the place to form an opinion of a town, there's no replacement for talking to locals. Thanks again and we're looking forward to sharing your beautiful town with you in the future.
Honestly

Salem, AR

#8 Jul 12, 2013
We moved here from a relatively big area with a lot of shopping and restaurants. That is absolutely the ONLY thing I miss though, having a large selection of places to eat out. Nothing else. This area is quiet, and slow, and I have not come across one rude person yet. I have noticed that there is not a lot of opportunity for a lot of people, but since you have a degree in the healthcare field you will always have a job. And there are jobs here, just not great high paying ones. Yes, in Mt Home compared to other surrounding towns there are more "yankees". That's not a big deal to me, but to some I suppose. The groceries are high! But if you hunt and fish, then hey, that won't make a huge difference anyway. I hope you guys have a successful move! Good luck!
Me

Wappapello, MO

#9 Jul 13, 2013
Honestly wrote:
We moved here from a relatively big area with a lot of shopping and restaurants. That is absolutely the ONLY thing I miss though, having a large selection of places to eat out. Nothing else. This area is quiet, and slow, and I have not come across one rude person yet. I have noticed that there is not a lot of opportunity for a lot of people, but since you have a degree in the healthcare field you will always have a job. And there are jobs here, just not great high paying ones. Yes, in Mt Home compared to other surrounding towns there are more "yankees". That's not a big deal to me, but to some I suppose. The groceries are high! But if you hunt and fish, then hey, that won't make a huge difference anyway. I hope you guys have a successful move! Good luck!
Thank you for the kind post, I've had quite a few tell me groceries are high...I guess it cost a little more to have them shipped to the stores since there's really no good way to get to Mt Home (something I love about that town). Do any of you know anyone that works at Baxter Regional?

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