Fort Smith, AR-OK

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
245,475
0.0979% 1-year growth
2022 Median Age
38.9
0.258% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.6%
3.69% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$53,224
8.84% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$146,600
16.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
104,252
0.327% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Fort Smith, AR-OK had a population of 245k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $53,224. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK grew from 245,235 to 245,475, a 0.0979% increase and its median household income grew from $48,903 to $53,224, a 8.84% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fort Smith, AR-OK are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (6.75%), Other (Hispanic) (5.58%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (3.92%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.7%).

None of the households in Fort Smith, AR-OK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.7% of the residents in Fort Smith, AR-OK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK are University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (1,408 degrees awarded in 2022), Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (178 degrees), and Designer Barber & Stylist School (53 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK was $146,600, and the homeownership rate was 66.5%.

Most people in Fort Smith, AR-OK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Fort Smith, AR-OK is home to a population of 245k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.96% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were born outside of the country (14.6k people).

In 2022, there were 10.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (175k people) in Fort Smith, AR-OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 13.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.7%
2022 Citizenship
96.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.7% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fort Smith, AR-OK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    175k ± 701
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    16.6k ± 1.01k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    13.7k ± 1.22k
11%
Hispanic Population
27.1k people

In 2022, there were 10.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (175k people) in Fort Smith, AR-OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.6k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 13.7k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11% of the people in Fort Smith, AR-OK are hispanic (27.1k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    164,211 ± 13,796 people
  2. India
    20,750 ± 4,993 people
  3. El Salvador
    20,386 ± 4,774 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 164,211 Oklahoma and Arkansas residents, followed by India with 20,750 and El Salvador with 20,386.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.96%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
14.6k people
5.95%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
14.6k people

As of 2022, 5.96% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents (14.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 5.95%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,382 ± 463
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,377 ± 544
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,404 ± 422

Fort Smith, AR-OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Fort Smith, AR-OK employs 104k people. The largest industries in Fort Smith, AR-OK are Manufacturing (17,809 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,417 people), and Retail Trade (11,424 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,601), Utilities ($59,380), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,563).

Males in Oklahoma have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,245. The income inequality in Oklahoma (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

104k
2022 Value
± 2,612
−0.327%
1 Year decline
± 3.58%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK declined at a rate of −0.327%, from 105k employees to 104k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (11,741 people), Production Occupations (11,099 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (10,401 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Smith, AR-OK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

104k
2022 Value
± 2,612
−0.327%
1 Year decline
± 3.58%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK declined at a rate of −0.327%, from 105k employees to 104k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Manufacturing (17,809 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (14,417 people), and Retail Trade (11,424 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fort Smith, AR-OK, though some of these residents may live in Fort Smith, AR-OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,383
Median earning men ± $1,414
$31,227
Median earning women ± $1,189

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($61,579), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,297), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($56,776).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($46,037), Wholesale Trade ($42,500), and Public Administration ($41,440).

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,340
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,681
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,190
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas and Oklahoma went to Donald J. Trump with 64.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (33.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.36%).

James Lankford, Markwayne Mullin, John Boozman, and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Oklahoma and Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oklahoma and Arkansas is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oklahoma and Arkansas

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James Lankford
Senator from Oklahoma3
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Took office following the resignation of Tom Coburn.
Markwayne Mullin
Senator from Oklahoma2
Assumed office on January 3, 2023
Took office following the resignation of Jim Inhofe.
John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

James Lankford, Markwayne Mullin, John Boozman, and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Oklahoma and Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Oklahoma and Arkansas

Oklahoma and Arkansas is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oklahoma and Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK awarded 1,690 degrees. The student population of Fort Smith, AR-OK in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,601 male students and 3,707 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK are White (1,019 and 61.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (257 and 15.4%), Two or More Races (151 and 9.07%), and Asian (120 and 7.21%).

The largest universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (1,408 and 83.3%), Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (178 and 10.5%), and Designer Barber & Stylist School (53 and 3.14%).

The most popular majors in Fort Smith, AR-OK are General Business Administration & Management (161 and 9.53%), Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy (143 and 8.46%), and Welding Technology (132 and 7.81%).

The median tuition cost in Fort Smith, AR-OK for a public four year colleges is $4,200 for in-state students and $11,376 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

Measure

In 2020 in Fort Smith, AR-OK, the percentage of applicants admitted was 100%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 80%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,308 (41.2% men and 58.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 6,308 students enrolled in Fort Smith, AR-OK, 41.2% men and 58.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,712 records, of which 59.2% were women and 40.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 145 degrees awarded
  2. 85 degrees awarded
  3. 69 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fort Smith, AR-OK was General Business Administration & Management with 145 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,408 degrees awarded
  2. 178 degrees awarded
  3. 53 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with 1,408 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 842 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Smith, AR-OK, which is 0.993 times less than the 848 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,019 degrees mean that there were 3.96 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 257 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($4,200) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,218) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,544) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.904% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.81% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.76M), Some college (1.26M), and Bachelors Degree (824k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK was $146,600 in 2022, which is 0.52 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $125,600 to $146,600, a 16.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Smith, AR-OK is 66.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Fort Smith, AR-OK have an average commute time of 21.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Fort Smith, AR-OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Fort Smith, AR-OK is $53,224. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Canadian County, OK and Logan County, OK, with respective values of $82,364 and $80,565.

Property

$146,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,876
$63,996
Median Property Taxes
±$1,963

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Smith, AR-OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.5%
Homeownership
2022
67.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.5% of the housing units in Fort Smith, AR-OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Canadian County, OK and Logan County, OK, with respective values of $82,364 and $80,565.

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Household Income

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$53,224
Median Household Income
± $1,752
96.3k
Number of Households
± 2,399

In 2022, the median household income of the 96.3k households in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew to $53,224 from the previous year's value of $48,903.

The following chart displays the households in Fort Smith, AR-OK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Smith, AR-OK is from Oklahoma and Arkansas.
0.456
2022 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.507% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

In the same year, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 and income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478, meaning wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83.3%)
  2. Carpooled (8.97%)
  3. Worked At Home (5%)

In 2022, 83.3% of workers in Fort Smith, AR-OK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.97%) and those who worked at home (5%).

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Commute Time

21.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Smith, AR-OK have a shorter commute time (21.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.7% of the workforce in Fort Smith, AR-OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Smith, AR-OK (42.5k out of 242k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fort Smith, AR-OK is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

88.5% of the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK has health coverage, with 37.1% on employee plans, 23.9% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 2.9% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see 1627 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.914% decrease from the previous year (1642 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1601 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 237 patients per year.

Similarly, primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1471 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1507 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2087 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 399 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,627 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Oklahoma
1,471 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1,627 patients per year. This represents a 0.914% decrease from the previous year (1,642 patients).

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,471 patients per year. This represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1,507 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Oklahoma and Arkansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.2% under 18 years, 20.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.8% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.5%
Uninsured
37.1%
Employer Coverage
23.9%
Medicaid
12.7%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
2.9%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK declined by 2.65% from 11.8% to 11.5%.

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