Regional Facts & Figures - Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce

Area Climate

    Ozark features a comfortable four-season climate with beautiful fall foliage. Summertime is simply ideal for outdoor adventure. The average annual temperature in Ozark is 60 degrees, with January average at 37 degrees, and July average temperature at 81 degrees. The annual precipitation is 44 inches.


Quality of Life

    Ozark residents enjoy a low cost of living and numerous amenities. Tennis courts, swimming pool, public library, theater and entertainment venues, country club, campgrounds, hiking trails, canoeing and fishing holes add to the variety of things to do. Ozark offers easy living in one of the most scenic places in the state with a wide variety of shopping and dining options and fun-filled cultural events year-round. 

    City, state and national parks are located in and around the city. Ozark National Forest is only 17 miles north of downtown. The Corps of Engineers Aux Arc Park on the Arkansas River boast 84 full hookup RV sites. The Franklin County Learning Center offers a curriculum for special needs students. The Ozark Area Youth Organization keeps kids active in sports and recreation. Arkansas Tech University's Ozark Campus offers educational and training programs in various fields of interest presently enrolling over 1,800 students.


Medical Service

    Mercy Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care, as well as emergency services. A senior citizens center and nursing home assist older residents. A new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic was built in 2010. Other medical facilities include the well staffed Mercy Clinic with  general practice doctors and one doctor specializing in surgery. There is also a private general practice doctor and three full service dental clinics.

Infrastructure

    Ozark is the largest city in Franklin County. It is located on I-40 at exits 35 and 37. Hwy. 64 is the City of Ozark's Commercial street running east to west. Highways 23 and 219 travel north and south of Ozark. Ozark is within 40 miles of Fort Smith (to the west) and 45 miles of Russellville (to the east). Ozark has a local airport with a paved runway 75 feet wide and 3,300 feet in length. The closest commercial airport is in Fort Smith. 

Ozark Police Department

    The Ozark Police Department has nine full-time officers and nine radio-equipped patrol cars.

Ozark Volunteer Fire Department

    The Ozark Volunteer Fire Department provides a combination fire, rescue and emergency medical service response.  The 22 member department includes six with Firefighters 2 or equivalent rating, two Paramedics, eight EMTs and six medical responders.  The medical personnel staff a BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulance answering all emergency medical calls within the city.

    The city has two centrally located fire stations; Station 1 has a 2007 E-One Engine, 2008 E-One 75 ft. Ladder Truck, Rescue Truck with Jaws of Life equipment, an equipment truck and a BLS ambulance on call.  Station 2 is an auxiliary station housing a secondary fire engine and wild land truck.

    The full-time Fire Chief duties also include fire and building code inspections within the city.

Sewage Treatment

    The sewer treatment plant has a capacity of two million gallons per day.

Utilities

    Ozark is served by two electric companies -- OG&E and Arkanasas Valley Electric.
    Other utility service includes Source Gas and CenturyLink Telephone Company offering digital services and fiber optics