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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 90,108 as of July 1, 2019. 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 35.3859 and longitude -94.3985 in Sebastian County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Smith 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Fort Smith, AR Housing Affordability Index is 152
State of Arkansas Housing Affordability Index is 177
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Fort Smith, AR Wealth Index is 50
State of Arkansas Wealth Index is 67
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 90,108
Population in Households 87,987
Population in Families 67,874
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,121
Population Density 1,424
Diversity Index1 71
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,618
Average Household Income $56,060
Per Capita Income $22,450
Wealth Index3 50

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 40,058 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,655 (41.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 19,362 (48.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,041 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $132,009
Housing Affordability Index2 152
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 36,017
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 21,760
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.49% 0.34%
Households 0.53% 0.37%
Families 0.21% 0.18%
Median Household Income   2.5%
Per Capita Income   2.26%

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, 2019 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 # 20 96th
Diversity Index # 13 98th
Median Household Income # 289 47th
Per Capita Income # 250 54th

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