Fort Smith, AR
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Fort Smith is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 88,194 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 office and administrative support (12.51%), sales jobs (12.15%), and management occupations (8.76%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.17 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Fort Smith who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.79% of the adults in Fort Smith have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Smith in 2010 was $22,670, which is wealthy relative to Arkansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,680 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 17.65% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Smith include German, Irish, Italian, and French .

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