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Fort Smith
Fort Smith
Arkansas
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Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 In 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah. Fort Smith has a sister city relationship with Cisterna, Italy, site of the World War II Battle of Cisterna, fought by United States Army Rangers commanded by Fort Smith native William O. Darby. The city also has a mutual friendship-city relationship with Jining, China. Fort Smith lies on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau rivers, also known as Belle Point. Fort Smith was established as a western frontier military post in 1817, when it was also a center of fur trading. The city developed there. It became well known as a base for migrants settling of the "Wild West" and its law enforcement heritage. In 2007, the city of Fort Smith was selected by the United States Department of the Interior as the site of the new United States Marshals Service National Museum.

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How did Arkansas earn the grade of C+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Arkansas has a state sales tax of 6.50%. Of particular interest is that Arkansas does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Arkansas has an effective property tax rate of 0.63%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Arkansas earned its state tax grade of C+.

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