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Fort Smith, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Smith is the 2nd largest city in Arkansas with a population of 89,849 as of July 1, 2016. Fort Smith ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Smith is located at latitude 35.3493 and longitude -94.3709 in Sebastian County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Smith (see map below) encompass a land area of 63.16 sq. miles and a water area of 4.97 sq. miles. Sebastian County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 440 feet.

The City of Fort Smith (GNIS ID: 2403647) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Fort Smith is located within Township of Upper, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sebastian County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Smith population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Smith: Belle Point.

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Fort Smith, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 89,849
Population in Households 87,638
Population in Familes 68,028
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,211
Population Density1 1,423
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 35,654
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 21,715
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 39,739 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,388 (46.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,266 (43.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,085 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $116,006
Average Home Value $154,676


Median Household Income $37,412
Average Household Income $55,440
Per Capita Income $22,527
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.68% 0.37%
Households 0.61% 0.35%
Families 0.28% 0.15%
Median Household Income   1.66%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Fort Smith, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Smith to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density1 # 23 96th
Diversity Index2 # 15 97th
Median Household Income # 239 56th
Per Capita Income # 132 76th

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