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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 89,383 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fort Smith: Belle Point.

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Fort Smith, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 89,383
Daytime Population: Workers 66,848
Daytime Population: Residents 49,870
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 116,718
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 87,177
Population in Familes 67,457
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,206
Population Density2 1,415
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $37,992
Average Household Income $58,082
Per Capita Income $23,630


Total Housing Units 39,576 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,729 (47.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,833 (42.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,014 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $122,061
Average Home Value $161,117


Total Households 35,562
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 21,724
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.52% 0.42%
Households 0.49% 0.43%
Families 0.24% 0.29%
Median Household Income   0.53%
Per Capita Income   1.67%

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, 2017 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 # 23 96th
Diversity Index # 15 97th
Median Household Income # 270 50th
Per Capita Income # 127 77th

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