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Top Reasons to Live in Fort Smith, AR

  • Situated right on the border between Arkansas and Oklahoma, Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a great place for a dose of the Old West. Fort Smith began as a Western frontier military post in 1817, and it still retains much of that Old West heritage. To the west of the city is true, mountainous, frontier land, while the Ozark foothills nearby provide a peaceful and relaxing setting for residents. The town has lots to offer in terms of family fun, like the Crystal Palace Skating Rink and Duck Ridge Paintball Park. Whether you're looking for homes to rent, homes for sale, or homes you can rent to own, you'll be impressed with all that Fort Smith has to offer.

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  • Housing Statistics The median sales price for a home in Fort Smith is $121,000, which is about 50 percent below the national average. The annual residential turnover is 19.03 percent. About 15,474 homes are rented, 19,279 are owned, and 3,604 are vacant. The vacancy rate is around 11 percent.
  • Transportation Buses run all over the city and connect downtown to the different districts, although the city is easy to drive in as well. The Kansas City Southern Railway connects the city to other Southern towns. Being at the crossroads of two major highways, Fort Smith is a center of transportation for the whole region. The Fort Smith regional airport also makes the city easily accessible by air. For commuting in Fort Smith, many people drive cars. The median commute time is around 14 minutes.
  • Largest Industries Many people work in the manufacturing industry, as Fort Smith produces more goods than anywhere else in Arkansas. Weyerhaeuser, Gerber Foods, and Whirlpool are some of the companies in the area, and they employ thousands of workers. Recreation and tourism are other big industries, especially as the area continues to grow in popularity with tourists.
  • Arts and Culture For entertainment, Fort Smith packs a lot into a little city. There are plenty of attractions in the city, and major concerts and theater acts visit the area throughout the year. The Fort Smith Symphony is the oldest orchestra in the state and performs in town and in surrounding areas. Second Street Live is a performing and visual arts center that features great local and national art. There is also a Fort Smith regional art museum that has exhibits, art classes, and even an art school. The Riverfront Amphitheater hosts a lot of popular events. Kay Rodgers Park, an open-air stadium, is also home to many concerts. There are a number of great museums in Fort Smith, like the recently opened National U.S. Marshals Museum and the Fort Smith Air Museum. The Fort Smith Museum of History is one of the best in the area - it tells the history of city, starting from the day it was settled.
  • Nightlife When it comes to nightlife, you won't be disappointed. There are many restaurants, bars, and pubs to entertain you all night. Check out Arlie Muck's Tavern, an old pub with billiards and a great jukebox. The Electric Cowboy is heaps of fun - you can spend the evening dancing on its huge dance floor. Landry's New Orleans Cafe has great food and live music most nights of the week, while 21 West End will give you great eats in a more upscale atmosphere. And don't miss Neumeier's Rib Room and Beergarden, which combines BBQ, live music, and drinks all into one awesome experience.