Alma is a city in Crawford County located in the western part of the state of Arkansas, along I-40 about 13 miles from the Oklahoma border. Its population is 4,734, making it the sixth largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. Alma was incorporated in 1874.
The city has no airport, and the train station fell into neglect and was eventually torn down. Much of its commerce derives from interstate highway traffic, as Interstates 40 and 540, as well as U.S. Routes 64 and 71, pass through the city. Also, the city of Alma is "the spinach capital of the world". This moniker is because Alma surrounds the spinach plant of the Allen Canning Company.