Fort Smith 59 Below average
Fort Smith Livability #234 ranked city in Arkansas#23,670 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas
A+ Fort Smith Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Fort Smith Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Arkansas
Fort Smith
8218% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Fort Smith cost of living
F Fort Smith Crime Total crime is 98% higher than Arkansas
Total crime
6,804173% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15173% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
21%Year over year crime is up
Fort Smith crime
D Fort Smith Employment Household income is 15% lower than Arkansas
Median household income
$35,95635% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,81924% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%31% lower than the US average
Fort Smith employment
F Fort Smith Housing Home value is equal to Arkansas
Median home value
$114,90038% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$62634% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Fort Smith real estate or Fort Smith rentals
F Fort Smith Schools HS graduation rate is 6% lower than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
74%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
27%46% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:14% lower than the US average
Fort Smith K-12 schools
D+ Fort Smith User Ratings There are a total of 15 ratings in Fort Smith
Overall user rating
56% 15 total ratings
User reviews rating
46% 5 total reviews
User surveys rating
68% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Fort Smith, AR

      Fort Smith, Arkansas is a mid-sized city with a population of 87,712 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Fort Smith is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Fort Smith is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 16 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Fort Smith, Arkansas. To help you find the best places to live in and around Fort Smith, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

      Fort Smith has a livability score of 62 out of 100 and is ranked #225 in Arkansas and #21,614 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Fort Smith ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). Unfortunately for Fort Smith, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Fort Smith has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Fort Smith National Historic Site, Fort Smith Trolley Museum, and Miss Laura's Social Club.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Fort Smith. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Fort Smith are affordable. Median real estate prices in Fort Smith come in at $114,900, which is 0.2% higher than the Arkansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Fort Smith, the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 18.5% higher than the Arkansas average. Real estate appreciation rates in Fort Smith are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Fort Smith homes comes in at 3.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 3.3%.

      Fort Smith transportation information

      StatisticFort SmithArkansasNational
      Average one way commute16min22min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.6%82.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.4%10.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.5%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%1.7%2.8%
      Working from home1.8%3.2%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Fort Smith, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).