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  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-
Fort Smith is a town in Arkansas with a population of 87,712. Fort Smith is in Sebastian County. Living in Fort Smith offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fort Smith there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Fort Smith and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Fort Smith are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$114,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$626
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Fort Smith Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    611
    283
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    75
    41
  • Robbery
    110
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,003
    500
  • Theft
    4,525
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    376
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,956
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    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 growing city. At around a hundred thousand citizens, it feels a lot smaller than it is. Fort Smith has a lot to offer. Safe schools, plenty of parks, unbelievably friendly people, and, if you're religious, some of the best churches in the south. Of course no city is perfect. If you're not into the night scene very much, then you'll find there really isn't very much to do for fun. If you ask most people what's fun to do in Fort Smith, they'll say "drive to Fayetteville." There's much for to do in Fayetteville. Fort Smith also sits right next to Van Buren, home of the worst. Drivers. EVER. I'm not exaggerating, they're terrible. And most of them know it. If you desire a relaxing, calm, close-knit family experience, then I would definitely recommend Fort Smith as the city for you!
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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!
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!