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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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A-
Fort Smith is a town in Arkansas with a population of 87,639. Fort Smith is in Sebastian County and is one of the best places to live in Arkansas. Living in Fort Smith offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fort Smith there are a lot of coffee shops and 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
$120,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$666
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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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
    583.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    97.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    109.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    805.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,701.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    323.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Fort Smith

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,004
National
$55,322
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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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For the most part, Fort Smith is a lovely place to reside. However, I feel as if there aren't many opportunities. It's the second largest city in Arkansas but other towns such as Fayetteville are booming with businesses and activities to partake in. Fort Smith is a nice, relaxing place to live but there are some downsides. Racism unfortunately still lingers here as people fly their confederate flags and are stuck in their old ways.
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!