Fort Smith, Arkansas Population 2021

88,233
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Fort Smith is a city located in Sebastian County Arkansas. With a 2020 population of 88,233, it is the 3rd largest city in Arkansas (after and ) and the 387th largest city in the United States . Fort Smith is currently growing at a rate of 0.19% annually and its population has increased by 2.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 86,209 in 2010. Fort Smith reached it's highest population of 88,233 in 2021. Spanning over 68 miles, Fort Smith has a population density of 1,394 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Smith is $60,889 with a poverty rate of 21.04%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $685 per month, and the median house value is $121,800. The median age in Fort Smith is 36.5 years, 34.9 years for males, and 38.5 years for females.

Fort Smith Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Smith was:

  • White: 64.50%
  • Other race: 13.22%
  • Black or African American: 9.50%
  • Asian: 6.25%
  • Two or more races: 5.31%
  • Native American: 1.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Fort Smith, Arkansas is 88,233 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 87,720.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 86,209.

Fort Smith, Arkansas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021250,508700.03%
2020250,438700.03%
2019250,368700.03%
2018250,298670.03%
2017250,2311,0610.42%
2016249,1703500.14%
2015248,8206000.24%
2014248,220-349-0.14%
2013248,569-922-0.37%
2012249,4912550.10%
2011249,2368920.36%
2010248,3440.00%

Fort Smith Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White56,59264.50%
Some Other Race11,59713.22%
Black or African American8,3339.50%
Asian5,4866.25%
Two or More Races4,6625.31%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0471.19%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander260.03%
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Fort Smith Population by Race

Fort Smith Population Pyramid $2021

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Fort Smith Median Age

36.5


Total

34.9


Male

38.5


Female

Fort Smith Adults

There are 66,516 adults, (12,858 of whom are seniors) in Fort Smith.

Fort Smith Age Dependency

63.5

Age Dependency Ratio

24

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Smith Sex Ratio

Female

44,660

50.90%

Male

43,083

49.10%

Fort Smith Population by Age

Fort Smith Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Smith Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70%30%
All50.6%49.4%
Male48.3%51.7%
Non Family37.6%62.4%
Female33.4%66.6%

50.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Smith Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All35,9082.450.6
Married14,4733.1970
Non Family14,1241.1837.6
Female5,3183.2533.4
Male1,9933.0948.3

3.09

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

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Fort Smith Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,6808.11%
9th to 12th Grade5,90810.24%
High School Graduate17,21929.86%
Some College13,23322.94%
Associates Degree4,0457.01%
Bachelors Degree8,62814.96%
Graduate Degree3,9616.87%
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Fort Smith Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Smith Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White38,52534,4519,919
Hispanic8,2523,571629
Other Race5,5632,103387
Black5,2054,276493
Asian3,4892,729874
2+ Races1,9271,720593
Native American682630113
Islander88

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 30.77%.

Fort Smith Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,442$33,411$26,633
Less Than 9th Grade$24,677$28,002$20,556
High School Graduate$25,183$27,368$21,458
Some College$31,376$36,968$27,933
Bachelors Degree$45,225$53,580$39,247
Graduate Degree$58,438$70,106$55,242

$30,442

Average Earnings

$33,411

Average Male

$26,633

Average Female

Fort Smith Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Smith Language by Age

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Fort Smith Language

79.16% of Fort Smith residents speak only English, while 20.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.73% of the population.

Fort Smith Language

Fort Smith Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White50,9548,71117.10%
Hispanic16,9575,21230.74%
Other11,5523,33128.83%
Black8,1812,84734.80%
Multiple4,62189419.35%
Asian5,48058010.58%
Native1,03328727.78%

21.04%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.50%

Male Poverty Rate

22.53%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Smith

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Smith is Black, with 34.80% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Smith is Asian, with 10.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.23%.

Fort Smith Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.18%
High School19.62%
Some College14.55%
Bachelors or Greater5.58%

Fort Smith Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed37.76%
Male Unemployed23.26%
Female Employed13.31%
Male Employed9.58%

Fort Smith Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Smith Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$41,724$60,889
Families$51,876$74,111
Married Families$62,915$89,978
Non Families$26,877$37,761
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Income by Household Type

Fort Smith Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Smith Married by Age and Sex

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Fort Smith Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fort Smith Marital Status by Race

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Fort Smith Marital Status

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5,136

Number of Veterans

4,617

Male Veterans

519

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,968
First Gulf War1,139
Second Gulf War1,055
Korea392
World War II187

Fort Smith Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,366
35 to 541,289
75+1,095
55 to 64853
18 to 34533

Fort Smith Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1369.04%
Black4667.84%
2+ Races28811.16%
Asian2044.72%
Hispanic1491.44%
Native American283.56%
Other Race140.20%

Fort Smith Veterans by Race

Fort Smith Veterans by Education

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8.87%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Smith Veterans by Education

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59.6%

Labor Force Participation

56.7%

Employment Rate

4.8%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Smith Employment by Age

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Fort Smith Employment by Race

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Fort Smith Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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53.72%

Born in Fort Smith

87.59%

Native Born

12.41%

Foreign Born

7.20%

Non Citizen

5.20%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

87.59% of Fort Smith residents were born in the United States, with 53.72% having been born in Arkansas. 7.20% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Smith Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202188,2331710.19%
202088,0621710.19%
201987,8911710.19%
201887,720-114-0.13%
201787,8342730.31%
201687,561-116-0.13%
201587,6775460.63%
201487,131-254-0.29%
201387,385-239-0.27%
201287,6244190.48%
201187,2059141.06%
201086,2916,0230.73%
200080,2687,4700.98%
199072,7981,1720.16%
198071,6268,8241.32%
197062,8029,8111.71%
196052,9915,0491.01%
195047,94211,3582.74%
194036,5845,1551.53%
193031,4292,5590.85%
192028,8704,8951.88%
191023,97512,3887.54%
190011,5872760.24%
189011,3118,21213.82%
18803,0990.00%

Fort Smith Population by Year