Fort Smith, AR
Strategically positioned along the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border and also at the junction of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers is Fort Smith, a community of about 88,000 residents who make Fort Smith the second-largest city in The Natural State. Fort Smith has earned several accolades in recent years, including recognition by Forbes for having one of the lowest costs of living in the United States. The cost of living here is nearly 15 percent below the national average. The city has a highly regarded public school system, and Fort Smith residents have plenty of parks and walking trails for fresh air and exercise.