Fort Smith

Population: 87,712Median home value: $114,900 62 Ranks better than 26% of areas
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A+ Fort Smith Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Fort Smith Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Arkansas
Fort Smith
8515% 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 65% higher than Arkansas
Total crime
5,991118% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 17118% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
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 or Fort Smith colleges

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%.

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Fort smith has the worst hotel bed bug problem of any city within 40 miles.View city at high rate of speed on the way by.
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It's Ok For A Visit, But Living Here Is A Totally Different Story

The last reviewer brough up Fayetteville, that is so true because there's not much out here. There's plenty of shopping, but fun activities is not there. One thing I love is the history and some food places, but otherwise there's no appeal. This city is more for older people as it isn't fast paced. Cost of living is starting to go up more, but wages aren't. If I were you, I wouldn't consider living here unless you Fayetteville as your hangout.
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Fort Smith out of date

I moved here from Gravette and thought that Fort Smith is a place full of fun and have a lot of new sites. But sadly I was wrong. After a month of living here, I noticed that Fort Smith is downgraded and old version of fayetteville. UAFS campus is neat though and the art is amazing too. The night club and bars are for like old country folks who like to skip around with their boots. There is no place for the youth to enjoy at night. I always end up telling all my friends and family to hangout at Fayetteville because it just fit our age range (early 20s). Fort Smith is like a bigger Bella Vista with the military bases. This place is not for me but for the old folks and for the Harley biker gangs. I spent a year here and i have tried to enjoy every moment walking the trails and......well sadly thats the only activity I have done after like 4 months in Fort Smith. This place needs a arcade or another place like Fast Lanes or a better Elevate just as good as High Rise.
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Fort Smith Life

Fort Smith is not a bad place to live. It is a really good size and has plenty of amenities. There are many beautiful parks and outdoor recreation areas in the city and surrounding areas. The city is also rich in history. The cost of living is very good. You can own a beautiful house for a very reasonable price. Fort Smith has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Fort Smith has easy access to cities such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Little Rock, Fayetteville, etc. All in all, I think it's a nice city to live in.
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Fort Smith, AR - The Wild West

When I visited Forth Smith, AR in early 2010 I couldn't help but feel as if I was in the Wild West. The town of Fort Smith offers a wonderful classic Wild West feel with a welcomed splash of culture and history. I found myself very entertained by the rich culture of Fort Smith which are brought to life by the many museums.

While Fort Smith is big on the culture and history it is worth noting the Fort Smith has a nice downtown city area which does not feel like the Wild West. Downtown Fort Smith offers great options for restaurant dining, lodging and some energetic nightlife. Visitors who prefer the more modern feel will be pleased with downtown and those searching for a full featured and very entertaining club should visit the Electric Cowboy. Central Mall is the largest indoor mall in the state and offers great shopping.

Food selection varies greatly but there are a large number of major chains and small country style restaurants alike. International cuisine wasn't exactly spectacular in Fort Smith but the local cuisine was great. The many museums including the Trolley museum, my favorite all make for great family stops. There is plenty of history in Fort Smith and travelers of all ages will find something to enjoy.
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Source: The Fort Smith, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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