February 15, 1970
Ground was broken for Hot Springs Village, a retirement community planned by John Cooper Jr. Hot Springs Village, which stretches across the Garland–Saline County line, became a gated community and began attracting wealthy retired citizens; its golf courses and trails have also made Hot Springs Village a regional tourist destination. Most of those employed within the village reside within the community. Other amenities offered are libraries, a restaurant, and a recreational center for younger children. The Hot Springs Village Voice, a weekly newspaper, was founded in 1990. In the 2010s, the community began marketing itself to younger professionals, rather than primarily to retirees. In 2019, Hot Springs Village began hosting the Arkansas Senior America Pageant. By the 2020 census, the population was 15,861 (Garland County and Saline County populations combined).