B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$113,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$617
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%

Fort Smith Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    587
    273
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    75
    41
  • Robbery
    136
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,088
    525
  • Theft
    4,555
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    250
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,096
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Fort Smith is a cool little town if you're just traveling through for the day/weekend. If you stay to long you will probably run out of things to do as there are not many attractions, but the city is growing and becoming more family-friendly. It's a good location for a few larger towns (Fayetteville, AR & Tulsa, OK) with more to see and do with reasonable commute time! About a 20 minute drive to Pocola, Ok to Choctaw Casino. There are some good local restaurants here you can't get anywhere else- Calico County (Southern) Stone House Chaffee Crossing & Lulus (Steakhouse/Farm to Table) Ed Walkers (Burger joint) Joes Pizza & Pasta (Italian). Recently theres been a new water park, Parrot Island, and a family arcade and gaming center in the old Crystal Palace building. Recently Garrison Rd has had several beautiful murals and paintings on sides of buildings which really lightened the city up!
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I went with a friend to visit his family and was super impressed with the lay out of the town, how easy it was to get from place to place and how quickly you can travel. I was also impressed with the friendly people and how I felt like I knew everyone. The downtown area or night life was amazing it was like being in a big city with the safety of a small town. There are several kinds of bars, night clubs, and pool halls whatever your fancy there is something for everyone. There are several places to eat so if you have a picky family then you are in luck. I cant wait to go visit again soon and if your in the area you should too!
I have lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas my whole life. This is home to me. As I have gotten older the "night life" is what seems to be lacking. The downtown area is starting to add more amazing artwork to buildings and more little things are popping up here and there. Fort Smith is growing for sure. The cost of living is one of the best in the Nation. I think that right there says a lot. I love Fort Smith, and will home will forever have a place in my heart!