The Fort Scott workforce, drawn from the 7 surrounding counties, is a highly motivated with traditional mid-western values of integrity, dependability and pride of accomplishment. The culture of the community traditionally affords families freedom and safety with both time and opportunities to share the rich heritage, spiritual freedom, heartland hospitality and kaleidoscope of cultural and recreational activities.
Today, Fort Scott is a thriving community of approximately 8,500 residents. Fort Scott's economy is based on both manufacturing and service industries with emphasis on printing, aluminum products, molded belts, clothing manufacturing, health care and insurance. Fort Scott is the headquarters for Key Industries, known globally for their high quality overalls and work clothing. Fort Scott also boasts a strong education base featuring both public and private schools, including Fort Scott Community College which is the longest operating college institution in the State of Kansas.