Fort Smith has a rich history — did you know the first woman to vote in the south, Dymple Johnson, cast her ballot in Fort Smith in 1917? “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker is another local historic figure along with notable U.S. Marshal, Bass Reeves. As the former “gateway to the West,” Fort Smith’s national historic sites include the Trail of Tears Overlook, Belle Grove Historic District and the future site of the U.S. Marshals Museum.

Quick Facts

City Population:


Metro Area:


25 Public Schools

7 Private Schools

1 University

Cost of Living:

Lower than
the national

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Whether you want to spend your free time exploring the great outdoors or enjoying a good meal and watching the latest movie, Fort Smith offers a variety of entertainment options and activities to fit any lifestyle.

  • Downtown Fort Smith

    restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, theater/concert venues, and walking and biking trails

  • Ben Geren Park and Parrot Island waterpark

    family fun and sports complexes

  • Buffalo and Illinois rivers

    fishing and watersports

  • Devil’s Den State Park

    camping and hiking

Weekend Trip Ideas

One of the biggest benefits of living in Fort Smith is its central location. While you’ll still experience the perks of small-town life such as fast commutes and a close-knit community, you’re just a few hours away from major metropolitan areas.

  • Fayetteville, AR — 59 miles
  • Bentonville, AR — 84 miles
  • Tulsa, OK — 118 miles
  • Little Rock, AR — 159 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 279 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 286 miles
  • Kansas City, KS — 294 miles

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