Fort Smith, AR

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Living in Fort Smith

Fort Smith is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 88,037 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Fort Smith is the second largest community in Arkansas.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fort Smith is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fort Smith is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Smith who work in sales jobs (12.56%), office and administrative support (12.29%), and management occupations (7.60%).

One of the benefits of Fort Smith is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.66 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Fort Smith is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.08% of adults 25 and older in Fort Smith have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Smith in 2010 was $23,650, which is wealthy relative to Arkansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,600 for a family of four. However, Fort Smith contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fort Smith is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Smith home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Smith residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Smith also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Smith include German, English, Irish, Italian, and French.

The most common language spoken in Fort Smith is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.