WELCOME TO FORT SMITH
Fort Smith offers historic sites and a scenic riverfront downtown, not to mention thriving retail and culinary treasures. The Fort Smith Region is as diverse and modern as it is beautiful and historic. It is one of the most dynamic places to live in the United States.
Affordable living with a high quality of place makes the region desirable to an array of individuals and businesses alike. Whether you’re looking for a place to call home, a place to raise a family, a place to begin your career or a place to locate a business, the Greater Fort Smith Region embodies all the characteristics of an ideal community. Fort Smith’s blend of Old West rumble with traditional Southern charm and hospitality creates an environment that is clearly different.
Nestled along the Arkansas River, between the Ozark Mountains and the Boston Mountains, Fort Smith and the surrounding area provide some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. From Lake Fort Smith State Park to a plethora of other parks, golf courses and the 170-acre Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center, residents are never far from nature.
The Fort Smith Region also enjoys a cost of living that consistently ranks among the lowest five in the nation. In 2010, Kiplinger.com named Fort Smith as the most affordable city among those with a metropolitan population of 75,000 or more in America based on cost of housing, utilities, transportation and other expenditures. Residents enjoy an overall cost of living that is 87 percent of the national average according to the cost of living reports.
Fort Smith is a leader in Arkansas’ manufacturing communities and is home to national and international companies like Baldor, Graphic Packaging, Mars Petcare, Kraft Heinz (Planters Peanuts), Pernod Ricard, Gerber and Umarex. The Fort Smith Region produces everything from baby food to bourbon. In fact, more goods are produced here than in the rest of Arkansas. In addition to these companies, Fort Smith is also home to several corporate headquarters; Arkansas Best Corporation, Walther Arms, Thermold Magazines and OK Industries.
Fort Smith is home to an array of arts and boasts Arkansas’ oldest orchestra, the Fort Smith Symphony. The Fort Smith Regional Art Museum is a haven for artisans in the region to work and to showcase their pieces. The Fort Smith Little Theatre is Arkansas’s oldest continuously running all-volunteer theater with highly entertaining performances. The “Season of Entertainment” at University of Arkansas Fort Smith continues to bring remarkable, talented artists to Fort Smith each year.
During spring and summer months, weekend nightlife along Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith provides a variety of live music — from blues to rock and jazz to country. A great show is never far away.
The Fort Smith Region is also home to award-winning public school systems and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, which offers two- and four-year degrees in areas ranging from dental hygiene to graphic design. The region also boasts a satellite campus of Arkansas Tech University at Ozark, satellite campuses of Webster University and John Brown University, both in Fort Smith, and Carl Albert State College in eastern Oklahoma.
We encourage you to discover this varied area of magnificent scenery, rich tradition and booming business.