Fort Smith, AR-OK

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
250,260
0.193% 1-year growth
2020 Median Age
38.9
0.517% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
17.8%
6.44% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$46,424
3.74% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$119,500
3.91% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
107,341
1.33% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Fort Smith, AR-OK had a population of 250k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $46,424. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK grew from 249,777 to 250,260, a 0.193% increase and its median household income grew from $44,750 to $46,424, a 3.74% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fort Smith, AR-OK are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.2%), Other (Hispanic) (5.97%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.99%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (4.53%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.91%).

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.

96.8% 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 (1,460 degrees awarded in 2020), Academy of Salon and Spa (37 degrees), and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (37 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK was $119,500, and the homeownership rate was 66.2%.

Most people in Fort Smith, AR-OK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Fort Smith, AR-OK is home to a population of 250k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 5.83% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were born outside of the country (14.6k people).

In 2020, there were 12.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (183k people) in Fort Smith, AR-OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.9k Other (Hispanic) and 12.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.8%
2020 Citizenship
96.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96.8% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 96.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fort Smith, AR-OK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    183k ± 198
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    14.9k ± 1.16k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    12.5k ± 778
10.3%
Hispanic Population
25.9k people

In 2020, there were 12.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (183k people) in Fort Smith, AR-OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 14.9k Other (Hispanic) and 12.5k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.3% of the people in Fort Smith, AR-OK are hispanic (25.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Fort Smith, AR-OK as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

The PUMS dataset is not available at the MSA level, so we are showing data for Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    166,397 ± 13,884 people
  2. India
    19,237 ± 4,806 people
  3. El Salvador
    18,521 ± 4,530 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 166,397 Oklahoma and Arkansas residents, followed by India with 19,237 and El Salvador with 18,521.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.83%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
14.6k people
5.93%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
14.8k people

As of 2020, 5.83% of Fort Smith, AR-OK residents (14.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK was 5.93%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,359 ± 556
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,788 ± 514
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,780 ± 466

Fort Smith, AR-OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.68 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Fort Smith, AR-OK employs 107k people. The largest industries in Fort Smith, AR-OK are Manufacturing (18,220 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (15,368 people), and Retail Trade (12,910 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($71,518), Utilities ($58,672), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($57,500).

Males in Oklahoma have an average income that is 1.4 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,810. The income inequality in Oklahoma (measured using the Gini index) is 0.454, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

107k
2020 Value
± 2,647
1.33%
1 Year growth
± 3.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 106k employees to 107k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,497 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,380 people), and Production Occupations (10,932 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

107k
2020 Value
± 2,647
1.33%
1 Year growth
± 3.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew at a rate of 1.33%, from 106k employees to 107k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fort Smith, AR-OK, are Manufacturing (18,220 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (15,368 people), and Retail Trade (12,910 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

$37,755
Median earning men ± $1,539
$26,293
Median earning women ± $742

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,448), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,159), and Public Administration ($45,852).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,592), Public Administration ($36,197), and Wholesale Trade ($36,141).

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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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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $2.75M
    Manufacturing
  2. $1.89M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $612k
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma and Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $30.3B
  2. $30.2B
  3. $20.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Oklahoma and Arkansas product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $30.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($30.2B) and Machinery ($20.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$144B
2020 Value in Arkansas
$271B
Projected 2050 Value in Arkansas
87.8% growth
$170B
2020 Value in Oklahoma
$311B
Projected 2050 Value in Oklahoma
83.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Arkansas trade was $144B. This is expected to increase 87.8% to $271B by 2050.

Comparatively, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $170B. This is expected to increase 83.6% to $311B by 2050.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma and Arkansas to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $44.6B
  2. $12B
  3. $9.66B

In 2020, the top outbound Oklahoma and Arkansas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $44.6B, followed by Kansas with $12B and Louisiana and $9.66B.

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

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Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, 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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Jim Inhofe
Senator from Oklahoma2
Assumed office on November 16, 1994
Elected to the seat following the resignation of David Boren.
James Lankford
Senator from Oklahoma3
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Elected to the seat following the resignation of Tom Coburn.
John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, 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.

The following chart shows elected senators in Oklahoma and Arkansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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In 2020, universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK awarded 1,579 degrees. The student population of Fort Smith, AR-OK in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 2,814 male students and 3,890 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK are White (1,051 and 66.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (213 and 13.6%), Two or More Races (116 and 7.38%), and Asian (103 and 6.56%).

The largest universities in Fort Smith, AR-OK by number of degrees awarded are University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (1,460 and 92.5%), Academy of Salon and Spa (37 and 2.34%), and Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (37 and 2.34%).

The most popular majors in Fort Smith, AR-OK are General Business Administration & Management (165 and 10.4%), Industrial Electronics Technology (127 and 8.04%), and Registered Nursing (113 and 7.16%).

The median tuition cost in Fort Smith, AR-OK for a public four year colleges is $4,104 for in-state students and $11,376 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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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 2020 was 6,704 (42% men and 58% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 6,704 students enrolled in Fort Smith, AR-OK, 42% men and 58% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 4,067 records, of which 58.6% were women and 41.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 146 degree-majors awarded
  2. 113 degree-majors awarded
  3. 84 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fort Smith, AR-OK was General Business Administration & Management with 146 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,460 degrees awarded
  2. 37 degrees awarded
  3. 37 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Arkansas-Fort Smith with 1,460 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 735 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fort Smith, AR-OK, which is 0.871 times less than the 844 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,051 degrees mean that there were 4.93 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 213 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($4,104) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,650) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,605) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.761% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.667% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.75M), Some college (1.3M), and Secondary Education (849k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Fort Smith, AR-OK was $119,500 in 2020, which is 0.52 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $115,000 to $119,500, a 3.91% increase. The homeownership rate in Fort Smith, AR-OK is 66.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Fort Smith, AR-OK have an average commute time of 21.3 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 $46,424. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Canadian County, OK with a value of $73,591, followed by Benton County, AR and Logan County, OK, with respective values of $71,556 and $70,456.

Property

$119,500
Median Property Value 2020
±$3,275
$65,056
Median Property Taxes
±$2,000

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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Fort Smith, AR-OK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

66.2%
Homeownership
2020
67.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 66.2% of the housing units in Fort Smith, AR-OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fort Smith, AR-OK was Canadian County, OK with a value of $73,591, followed by Benton County, AR and Logan County, OK, with respective values of $71,556 and $70,456.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$46,424
Median Household Income
± $1,356
108k
Number of Households
± 2,159

In 2020, the median household income of the 108k households in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew to $46,424 from the previous year's value of $44,750.

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.
0.454
2020 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.459
2019 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.451
2019 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2020, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.454 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.09% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 0.45 and income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (83.8%)
  2. Carpooled (9.73%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.43%)

In 2020, 83.8% of workers in Fort Smith, AR-OK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.73%) and those who worked at home (3.43%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

21.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fort Smith, AR-OK have a shorter commute time (21.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.67% 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

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.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fort Smith, AR-OK (43.8k out of 247k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

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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88.6% of the population of Fort Smith, AR-OK has health coverage, with 36.5% on employee plans, 23.7% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 2.55% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Arkansas was $7,408 in 2014. This is a 6.91% increase from the previous year ($6,929).

Per capita personal health care spending in Oklahoma was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see 1642 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.61% increase from the previous year (1616 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1607 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Similarly, primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1507 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 423 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Oklahoma and Arkansas, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Oklahoma and Arkansas.
1,642 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Oklahoma
1,507 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1,642 patients per year. This represents a 1.61% increase from the previous year (1,616 patients).

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,507 patients per year. This represents a 0.333% increase from the previous year (1,502 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 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.5% under 18 years, 20.1% between 18 and 34 years, 37.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.5% over 64 years.

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

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

11.4%
Uninsured
36.5%
Employer Coverage
23.7%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
13.4%
Non-Group
2.55%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fort Smith, AR-OK grew by 4.56% from 10.9% to 11.4%.

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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