About 87,500 people live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Those residents can attend the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. This 168-acre campus was named the best maintained landscape in the nation and contains 81 different species of trees. The university has three free art galleries, seven different colleges, and several resident halls and maintains an arboretum. Those who want to obtain their cosmologist degree can attend either Arthur's Beauty College or Mellies Beauty College.
The largest employer in Fort Smith is Sparks Health System, which operates Sparks Regional Medical Center. From its headquarters here, Sparks Health System offers medical service throughout the region. The second-largest employer in the city is Baldor Electric Company. From its office here, the company sells products in more than 70 countries. The third-largest employer is OK Foods. The plant packages chicken under the Tender Bird label. The fourth-largest employer is Mercy Hospital.