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 88,133 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 (12.47%), office and administrative support (12.42%), and management occupations (7.76%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Smith spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.37 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Fort Smith citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.94% of adults 25 and older in Fort Smith have a college degree.

The per capita income in Fort Smith in 2010 was $22,819, which is wealthy relative to Arkansas, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,276 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 18.25% 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.