🇺🇸 Fort Smith is the third-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. It is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas–Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah. Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, also known as Belle Point. Fort Smith was established as a western frontier military post in 1817, when it was also a centre of fur trading. The city developed there. It became well known as a base for migrants' settling of the "Wild West" and for its law enforcement heritage.
Economy Fort Smith has long been a regional manufacturing centre, with major plants located in the city operated by Rheem, Trane, Georgia-Pacific, Gerber, Kraft Heinz Company-Planters Peanuts, Mars Petcare, Umarex USA, Graphic Packaging, International Paper, Pernod Ricard-USA, and many others. Fort Smith is home to several corporations, including Baldor Electric Company, a member of the ABB Group, ArcBest Corporation, and poultry company OK Foods.
According a recent Financial Report, the top employers in the city include: 1 Baptist Health, Former (Sparks Health System); 2 Baldor Electric Company; 3 OK Foods; 4 Fort Smith Public Schools; 5 Mercy Hospital Fort Smith; 6 188th Fighter Wing; 7 University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; 8 ArcBest Corporation; 9 City of Fort Smith; 10 Rheem-Ruud.
Fort Smith was ranked #397 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Fort Smith has a population of over 90,000 people. Fort Smith also forms the centre of the wider Fort Smith metropolitan area which has a population of over 298,592 people.