One of the major issues for Chris Soules on The Bachelor, as well as on The Bachelorette, has been his hometown Arlington, Iowa. When he was on The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman couldn’t see herself living in such a small town and throughout the 2015 season of The Bachelor, Soules has feared that his future wife would have the same issue. Show host Chris Harrison talked to E! News about how living in Arlington played a part in Soules’ decision-making, stating that:
He wants somebody and he is scared to death that this won’t work. That when these women [saw] his barn and [saw] where they’re going, they would run. It scared the hell out of him. He truly knew that this is as good a chance as he’ll ever have.
A while back Chris Soules opened up about what life is like in Arlington, saying that even just going to see a movie at a theater is a task with a 20 minute to hour drive and there’s only one screen, so it’s important to call ahead to see what movie is playing. People Magazine gives a rundown on surrounding attractions writing that the nearest blow dry bar for hair do’s is 71 miles away and the closest mall is an hour away. Soules has revealed that there’s no pizza delivery in his town and that he spends a lot of time alone at home, except for Friday nights, when everyone goes to the high school football team. He also says that The Coffee Shop is where all the town gossip goes down.
Arlington, Iowa is 1.05 square miles and has just one convenience store, along with several stores that are out of business. Soules explained that businesses had closed down because people had to seek jobs outside the area as times have changed over the years. The housing prices there are incredibly low as Realtor.com has five homes on sale, ranging from $26,500 to $134,000.