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Arkansas

Arkansas State Flag

Location of Arkansas State


Capital: Little Rock

Population: 2,949,131 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro

Borders: Arkansas borders Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 109,557 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including poultry, soybeans, cattle, rice, cotton, and hogs
Food processing, metal products, machinery, natural gas mining, and paper products

How Arkansas got its name: The name Arkansas comes from the Native American Quapaw word akakaze which means land of the downriver people.

Atlas of Arkansas State
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Arkansas State Symbols

State Nickname: Natural State

State Slogan: The Natural State

State Motto: Regnat populus (The people rule)

State flower: Apple blossom

State bird: Mockingbird aka Northern Mockingbird

State fish: none

State tree: Pine Tree

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State foods: Tomato, Milk

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, June 15, 1836

Number admitted: 25

Prior Name: Arkansas Territory

Postal Abbreviation: AR

Arkansas State Map


The Geography of Arkansas

Total Size: 52,068 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Ouachita River at 55 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Ashley-Union (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Magazine Mtn. at 2,753 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Logan (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Pulaski County approx. 12 miles northwest of Little Rock (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 75 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Mississippi River, Arkansas River, White River, St. Francis River, Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Ouachita, Millwood Lake, Lake Conway

Famous People

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Professional Sports Teams

Arkansas has no major professional sports teams.

Geography >> US States>> Arkansas History

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