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Fort Smith, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The City of Fort Smith is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Sebastian County at latitude 35.3493 and longitude -94.3709. Sebastian County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 440 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Fort Smith, but most people and references simply refer to it as Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The P1 Census Class Code for Fort Smith indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Smith: Belle Point.

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Fort Smith, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 88,774
Population in Households 86,648
Population in Familes 67,589
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,126
Population Density1 1,433
Diversity Index2 67


Total Households 35,327
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 21,723
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 39,189 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,089 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,238 (44.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,862 ( 9.9%)
Median Home Value $141,206
Average Home Value $198,568


Median Household Income $35,593
Average Household Income $51,159
Per Capita Income $20,611
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.69% 0.5%
Households 0.66% 0.49%
Families 0.39% 0.36%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   2.14%
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 541 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 21 96th
Diversity Index2 # 15 97th
Median Household Income # 270 50th
Per Capita Income # 187 66th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Arkansas Census Data Comparison Tool.