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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 89,644 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Smith: Belle Point.

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Fort Smith, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)

POPULATION

Total Population 89,644
Population in Households 87,452
Population in Familes 67,170
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,192
Population Density2 1,419
Diversity Index3 69
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,991
Average Household Income $59,976
Per Capita Income $24,357

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 39,594 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,455 (44.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 18,171 (45.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,968 (10.0%)
Median Home Value $128,522
Average Home Value $166,282
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 35,626
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 21,543
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.49% 0.38%
Households 0.46% 0.38%
Families 0.11% 0.17%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   2.3%

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, 2018 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 Density # 21 96th
Diversity Index # 15 97th
Median Household Income # 242 55th
Per Capita Income # 135 75th

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