Why “Life is Worth Living” in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Young couples considering moving to Northwest Arkansas should consider Fort Smith. Fort Smith, with a population of close to 90,000 people and the second largest city in Arkansas, is the hub of a diverse economy, a rich history, and a promising future. Right on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, Fort Smith is centrally located between Little Rock, AR., Tulsa, OK., just south of Fayetteville, Bentonville, Springdale and Rogers, and just north of Hot Springs National Park. With all of this, the outdoor life in Arkansas is as good as it gets, and Fort Smith is only a short drive to any of it!


Beginning as a western frontier military post in 1817, Fort Smith is full of history. In fact, in 2007, Fort Smith was selected to be the location of the new United States Marshals Service National Museum. Some of Fort Smith’s most notable historic figures were “Hanging Judge” Isaac C. Parker, William Henry Harrison Clayton, Bass Reeves, and Belle Starr. Fort Smith has a sister city relationship with Cisterna, Italy, site of the World War II Battle of Cisterna fought by the United States Army Rangers commanded by Fort Smith native William Darby.

Fort Smith is also a great place to raise a family! With its hometown feel, Fort Smith is a place you love to call home! In Fort Smith, you are minutes away from the heart of some of the most beautiful scenery of the Western Arkansas mountain frontier. Within a 45-minute drive in any direction, you will find Arkansas wine country, can ride on of the few, renovated and still running electric trolleys in the nation, you can also visit one of the many historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places, shop and eat in downtown Fort Smith and walk in the footsteps of some infamous western outlaws like Belle Starr, Ned Christie, Cherokee Bill and even Wyatt Earp. In and around the Fort Smith area you also have access to great shopping, beautiful golf courses, historic spas, and even casinos.

Fort Smith has a great sense of community, and is one where everyone pitches in to help make Fort Smith a place worth living. Home to several Fortune 500 and publically traded companies, there are excellent job and career opportunities for qualified individuals. The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith provides students with a wealth of opportunities for academic, cultural, and social activities where each semester, more than 7,500 students begin their future. Forbes magazine recently named Fort Smith as the number one city in America for cost of living. It also noted Fort Smith for its highest-paying tech jobs in the nation.

Facts About Fort Smith

  • Fort Smith is the second largest city in Arkansas
  • The motto for Fort Smith is “Life is Worth Living in Fort Smith”
  • Fort Smith is located at the western border of Oklahoma
  • The estimated median home value in Fort Smith in 2009 was $108,00
  • Fort Smith is a hub of commerce and diverse economy
  • Forbes Magazine named Fort Smith the number one city in America for cost of living

Surrounding Cities for Fort Smith Real Estate

  • Greenwood
  • Van Buren
  • Alma
  • Barling
  • Pocola
  • Muldrow

Glidewell Realty

Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Glidewell Realty is the married team of Nick and Ellie Glidewell. Nick and Ellie have a passion for real estate and customer service. Glidewell Realty is ready to serve you!

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