Fort Smith, AR-OK

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Population

282,318

0.0822% growth

Median Age

39


Median Household Income

$44,317

10% growth

Poverty Rate

21.5%


Number of Employees

121,047

3.37% growth

Median Property Value

$120,000

4.53% growth

About

In 2018, Fort Smith, AR-OK had a population of 282k people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $44,317. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK grew from 282,086 to 282,318, a 0.0822% increase and its median household income grew from $40,282 to $44,317, a 10% increase.

The population of Fort Smith, AR-OK is 71.7% White Alone, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.74% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Fort Smith, AR-OK speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK are University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (1,353 degrees awarded in 2017), Carl Albert State College (541 degrees), and Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau (143 degrees).

The median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK is $120,000, and the homeownership rate is 66.8%. Most people in Fort Smith, AR-OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Smith, AR-OK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Fort Smith, AR-OK employs 121k people. The largest industries in Fort Smith, AR-OK are Manufacturing (21,983 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,663 people), and Retail Trade (13,018 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($47,297), Public Administration ($44,661), and Finance & Insurance ($43,218).

Median household income in Fort Smith, AR-OK is $44,317. Males in Fort Smith, AR-OK have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $41,789. The income inequality in Fort Smith, AR-OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,317

2018 value

± $2,532

10%

1 Year Growth

± 7.57%

Households in Fort Smith, AR-OK have a median annual income of $44,317, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,282 in 2017, which represents a 10% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,946

Average Male Salary

± $1,709

$41,789

Average Female Salary

± $1,268

In 2018, full-time male employees in Oklahoma made 1.43 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $51,581 ± $8,095

  2. White

    $47,988 ± $1,215

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $39,924 ± $10,479

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oklahoma workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.07 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fort Smith, AR-OK is from Oklahoma.

0.465

2018 Wage GINI

0.449

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.65% growth from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2018 the GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oklahoma across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Canadian County, OK with a value of $70,204, followed by Wagoner County, OK and Cleveland County, OK, with respective values of $62,421 and $62,096.

The following map shows all of the counties in Fort Smith, AR-OK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Smith, AR-OK (59.2k out of 276k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    42,114 ± 1,403

  2. Hispanic

    9,837 ± 685

  3. Black

    4,730 ± 497

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

121k

2018 Value

± 5,394

3.37%

1 Year growth

± 6.36%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew at a rate of 3.37%, from 117k employees to 121k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Production Occupations (13,752 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,509 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (11,420 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fort Smith, AR-OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fort Smith, AR-OK, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (13,752 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,509 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (11,420 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Smith, AR-OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.08 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.68 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.29 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fort Smith, AR-OK, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($75,415), Legal Occupations ($66,685), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,413).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

121k

2018 Value

± 5,394

3.37%

1 Year growth

± 6.36%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew at a rate of 3.37%, from 117k employees to 121k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Manufacturing (21,983 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,663 people), and Retail Trade (13,018 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Fort Smith, AR-OK, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (21,983 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (18,663 people), and Retail Trade (13,018 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fort Smith, AR-OK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.9 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.86 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.26 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fort Smith, AR-OK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($47,297), Public Administration ($44,661), and Finance & Insurance ($43,218).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $60.6B

  2. $20.5B

  3. $18.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $60.6B, followed by Fuel oils ($20.5B) and Gasoline ($18.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oklahoma products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$237B

2020 Value

$309B

Projected 2045 Value

30.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $237B. This is expected to increase 30.4% to $309B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oklahoma trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $43.1B

  2. $21.9B

  3. $8.38B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $43.1B, followed by Kansas with $21.9B and Arkansas and $8.38B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oklahoma shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.7% of the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK has health coverage, with 36% on employee plans, 22.9% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 2.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fort Smith, AR-OK was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Fort Smith, AR-OK see 1587 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1559 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1704 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 264 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Adair County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,587 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1,587 patients per year. This represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1,559 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,627

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,878

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,529

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oklahoma (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.58%, from $7,293 to $7,627.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.3%

Uninsured

36%

Employer Coverage

22.9%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

14.5%

Non-Group

2.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK declined by 0.0152% from 12.4% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fort Smith, AR-OK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.2% prevalence

  3. 15.9% prevalence

Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fort Smith, AR-OK is home to a population of 282k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.95% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were born outside of the country (16.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK is composed of 202k White Alone residents (71.7%), 29.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.3%), 16.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (5.74%), 15.6k Two or More Races residents (5.52%), 10.5k Black or African American Alone residents (3.73%), 8.05k Asian Alone residents (2.85%), 220 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0779%), and 145 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0514%).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Fort Smith, AR-OK are getting staying the same age. In 2017, the average age of all Fort Smith, AR-OK residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.95%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

16.8k people

6.09%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

17.1k people

As of 2017, 5.95% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents (16.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 6.09%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    104,808 ± 7,842 people

  2. Vietnam

    11,165 ± 2,591 people

  3. India

    10,597 ± 2,524 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 104,808 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 11,165 and India with 10,597.

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Citizenship

97%

2018 Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 97% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 97%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    202k ± 268

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    29.1k ± 3.34k

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    16.2k ± 1.62k

In 2018, there were 6.97 times more White Alone residents (202k people) in Fort Smith, AR-OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.1k Hispanic or Latino and 16.2k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fort Smith, AR-OK as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    6,907 ± 949

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,326 ± 1,143

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,782 ± 839

Fort Smith, AR-OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.6 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK awarded 2,236 degrees. The student population of Fort Smith, AR-OK is skewed towards women, with 4,003 male students and 5,580 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK are White (1,572 and 71.4%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (179 and 8.13%), Hispanic or Latino (153 and 6.95%), and Two or More Races (120 and 5.45%).

The largest universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (1,353 and 60.5%), Carl Albert State College (541 and 24.2%), and Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau (143 and 6.4%).

The most popular majors in Fort Smith, AR-OK are General Studies (238 and 10.6%), General Business Administration & Management (230 and 10.3%), and Welding Technology (155 and 6.93%).

The median tuition costs in Fort Smith, AR-OK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $3,991 and $11,064 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 92 degrees awarded

  2. 73 degrees awarded

  3. 143 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Organizational Leadership with 92 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Fort Smith, AR-OK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,353 degrees awarded

  2. 541 degrees awarded

  3. 143 degrees awarded

$3,991

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Fort Smith, AR-OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with 1,353 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,021

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,215

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,021 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Smith, AR-OK, which is 0.84 times less than the 1,215 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,572 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    179 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    153 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fort Smith, AR-OK were to White students. These 1,572 degrees mean that there were 8.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 179 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK was $120,000 in 2018, which is 0.522 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $114,800 to $120,000, a 4.53% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Smith, AR-OK is 66.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fort Smith, AR-OK have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fort Smith, AR-OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$120,000

2018 Median

± $5,484

$114,800

2017 Median

± $5,009

In 2018, the median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew to to $120,000 from the previous year's value of $114,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fort Smith, AR-OK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fort Smith, AR-OK the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$44,317

Median Household Income

± $2,532

109k

Number of Households

± 5,027

In 2018, the median household income of the 109k households in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew to $44,317 from the previous year's value of $40,282.

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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fort Smith, AR-OK 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

66.8%

2018 Homeownership

66%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 66.8% 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%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fort Smith, AR-OK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Smith, AR-OK have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.84% of the workforce in Fort Smith, AR-OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.99%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.07%

In 2015, the most common method of travel for workers in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Drove Alone (84.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.99%) and those who Worked At Home (2.07%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fort Smith, AR-OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fort Smith, AR-OK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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