Garland County was formed on April 5, 1873, and named for Augustus H. Garland, Governor of Arkansas, U.S. senator, and Grover Cleveland's attorney general. Recreation and tourism have always been mainstays of the county's economy, along with livestock production and logging in its plentiful forests to create a stable industrial base. The county's Enterprise Zone program makes businesses eligible for tax breaks and credit for creating new jobs.Garland County has a population of 92,141, and consists of several small cities, with Hot Springs being the County Seat.
Hot Springs . . . "America's First Resort", is a beautiful place to call home. The community is nestled in rolling forested hills with clear blue lakes all around, one even spreading inside the city limits. Hot Springs' living is affordable, with the average price of a new home below the national average. The cost of living, also, is less than the national average. Big-city amenities add to the list of reasons why so many choose to live in Hot Springs. Hot Springs and Arkansas enjoy the Number One business climate in the South, according to Southern Business and Development magazine. Its population is currently 37,245, and that number is steadily increasing.
Pearcy - a small town located southwest of Hot Springs, along Highway 70 West. It is located in Lake Hamilton School District.
Royal - a small town located west of Hot Springs, along Highway 270 West. It is located in Lake Hamilton School District.
Mountain Pine- a small town located northwest of Hot Springs, along Hwy 227 North. It is located in Mountain Pine School District.
Fountain Lake - a small town located northeast of Hot Springs, along Hwy 7 North. It is located in Fountain School District.
. . . there are several more very small towns throughout Garland County.
A Little Bit of Country . . . and a Little Bit of City
. . . Garland County is full of variety for all types
The North & Northeast section of the Garland County area seems to consist more of older, historical buildings and homes . . . very nostalgic. This area enjoys the convenience to the popular downtown area, which is filled with art galleries, unique boutiques, bathhouses, and many tourists attractions. The popular Magic Springs Theme park is also conveniently located in this area.
The South section of Garland County (often referred to as the "7 South" area) is currently experiencing a lot of growth, with new development continuously going on. We are seeing new businesses, new restaurants, new housing, and you name it . . . everyone seems to be flocking here. This is great news for current property owners, as their property values are continuously increasing here . . . but creating a little "sticker shock" for buyers, who "remember when". . . . The area seems to attract a lot of Second Home Owners & Vacation Home Owners, with its
convenience to Lake Hamilton, and all the new shopping, and dining.
The Southwest section of Garland County (often referred to as the "70 West" area) is another area that is experiencing much growth. The city is cu
rrently in the process of widening Hwy 70 West to assist with the traffic flow, that seems to continue further out toward the west border of the County. There is still a lot of rural area there as you go further west, which attracts a lot of people that enjoy more of a country feel. Along with the growth there and improvements in the highway, this area also enjoys the convenience to the comforts of the city. The growth is also good news for property owners in this area too, with increased property values.
The Northwest section of Garland County (often referred to as the "270 West" area) seems
to be the next area to start experiencing some growth, yet not near as fast as the 7 South & 70 West areas. This area still consists of many horse and cattle farms, rural housing, and a few small businesses. If you enjoy "joy riding" thru the hills, and seeing the beautiful colors of the trees in the fall . . . this is the perfect area. You'll also start to see all the campgrounds, country stores, and resorts that surround the beautiful LakeOuachita, as you continue Northwest along this highway. And while you'll there, don't miss our favorite little country store & meat market on the right . . . Burl's Country Smokehouse . . . they have some of the best smoked meats in the area!!