Arkansas

Fort Smith

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  • History

  • Location

  • Things to do

  • Demographics

  • Culture

  • Schools

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Condo Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith is a picturesque town that hugs the banks of the Arkansas River. The city's intimate and friendly neighborhoods, with their beautiful condo complexes, are close to amenities, schools, and shopping centers. With its mild climate, wide-open spaces, beautiful city parks, and quaint downtown, it ranks high on the list of the most liveable areas in the county.

A Quality Life to Suit Your Bottom Line
Fort Smith is where you get to experience the beauty of nature, the hospitality of friendly communities, and a home you can well afford.

Living in this lovely city means a quality life in a safe environment that comes at an exceptionally low cost to you. Finding your condo in Fort Smith, AR, is now a strong possibility, especially with the low cost of living.

History

Before settlers established the city of Fort Smith, Indigenous people inhabited the area. They used the rivers close by to transport food and water to their villages. French colonists initially claimed the area where they would trade fur with the Indigenous inhabitants. In 1803 the U.S. acquired land from the French along the Arkansas river, leading to the establishment of a military post called Fort Smith in 1817. Fort Smith got its name from General Thomas Smith, a commander in the U.S. army who ordered the building of the fort but interestingly did not ever visit the place that was his namesake. The fort was occupied by military personnel from 1817 to 1822, forming a small settlement. However, in 1824 the U.S. troops moved to Fort Gibson, 80 miles to the north, only to return in 1838 when they re-established a military presence once again. Fort Smith was also used during the Mexican War of 1846, resulting in the U.S. acquiring more territory. Settlers formed Sebastian County in 1851, and in 1858 Fort Smith became an important route across Indian territory. For one year during the Civil War, the Confederates occupied Fort Smith, but from September 1663, it remained in Union hands until the end of the war. Although military troops abandoned the fort in 1871, the war left many slaves and refugees behind. Together with the already established settlement, their presence caused the town to grow and thrive. In 1841, just before the start of World War II, the U.S. Army returned to Fort Smith, establishing Fort Chaffee to the east. Over the next half-century, Fort Smith became a diverse, bustling community, with Judge Isaac Parker bringing law and order to the town from 1875 to 1896. His courthouse is now a historic landmark in modern-day Fort Smith. Unfortunately, tornadoes and a fire in 1996 destroyed a large part of the historic downtown Fort Smith. Yet, for all its hardships, the city remains with many of its original elements intact. Present-day Fort Smith is a thriving city with a bright future.

Things to do in Fort Smith

Although there is plenty to do all-around, from park picnicking to mountain hiking to artsy walks in the city, the following have come up in our search for the most unique attractions in Fort Smith that are worth visiting.

Fort Smith Trolley Museum: Situated right next door to a Western-themed village, the Trolley Museum offers a ¾ mile old-fashioned railcar tour of downtown Fort Smith on the tracks between Garrison Avenue and the National Cemetery.

West End Bus: Take a walk to the west end of the city, where you will find a vintage bus located just outside the gates of The Park of West End. Authorities arranged to transform the bus into a spectacular art piece by students and faculty of the Unexpected Project in 2017.

Fort Smith Farmers Market: Situated on Garrison Avenue, this open-air market is a festival of the senses. The fresh produce, baked goods, and gourmet coffees are only a smattering of what the market has to offer. As you walk between merchant stalls, you get to enjoy local music and street performances.

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Location

Fort Smith is the northern district seat of Sebastian County, situated in the western state of Arkansas, United States. It is the principal city of the Arkansas–Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian counties. Fort Smith is a level, green area located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. However, the city does have good access to mountainous regions and falls directly between the Ouachita and Ozark national forests.

Fort Smith demographics

Fort Smith is Arkansas' third-largest city, with a population of 88,404. This city is presently growing at a rate of 0.19% per year.

The economic climate is stable, providing its residents a low cost of living and the opportunity to own their own homes, with 50% of the demographic being homeowners.

The cost of living is well under what people experience in other cities in the U.S. According to recent data, you can expect to pay less on groceries, health care, utilities, transportation, and general expenses. The cost of housing alone is more than 50% lower than the national average.

With an average age of 36.5 years, the racial demographic of Fort Smith comprises a majority white occupation of 64.50% of the population. The rest of the population is racially diverse, accounting for African Americans, Asians, Hawaiians, and people of other race groups.

Arts in Fort Smith

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Fort Smith is certainly known for its stunning natural surroundings and proximity to the Arkansas River Valley, neatly sandwiched between the majestic, forested areas of Ozark and Ouachita. But, what may surprise you is despite the slow pace and small-town vibes, the city has plenty to offer in terms of arts, culture, and entertainment.

Enjoy a variety of live entertainment opportunities at The Majestic or catch a stage production at Temple Live in Fort Smith's downtown district. Take a walk to see the painted murals on buildings throughout the town, and stop at the emotive and iconic Alphonso Trent mural found on 101 North 2nd Street. Fort Smith is an absolute treat interspersed with original art galleries, historical museums, and local shops!

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Schools in Fort Smith

The education system in Fort Smith has much to offer you and your family. With some of the county's best schools and higher learning institutions, you have the peace of mind that you can meet your educational needs. With 102 schools from elementary to high school level, Fort Smith has 27 public schools and 75 private schools. Many are top-rated according to academics and equity. The top public schools across all levels include Cavanaugh Elementary School, Elmer H. Cook Elementary School, Ramsey Junior High School, L.A. Chaffin Jr. High School, and Southside High School. In addition, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and Carl Albert State College are highly reputable for those looking into tertiary education.

Why Fort Smith?

This fast-growing city with great food and even greater people, art on its walls, and a rich living culture welcomes you into her bounty. A life of potential is waiting for you in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and when you have your condo here, you will never want to leave!

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