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Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
6,037 11,214
Small business growth rate
6% 5.0%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
35 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
13.5% 26.9%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
n/a 478.8
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
3,275.1 3,562.2
Population growth
5% 5.73%
Per-capita income
$29,197 $35,547
Per-capita income growth
28% 24.0%
GDP (in millions)
$9,455 $18,559
GDP growth
35% 32%
Average hourly wage
15.66 $18.69
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
201 286
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$580 $848
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
1.0% 1.9%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.41% 1.82%
HPI deviation from long-term average
-8% 0.0%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."

From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners


Local smallbiz lenders

  • First Financial Banc Corporati
  • Arvest Bank Group
  • Arkansas Capital Corporation
  • Simmons First National Corpora
  • Home Bancshares
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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's