- Geographical Region: South
- Size: 53,182 sq.mi., 29th rank overall.
- Admitted to Statehood: June 15, 1836
- Population: 6,595,778; 32nd rank overall.
- Capital: Little Rock
- Other Major City: Fort Smith
- Abbreviation: AR
- Nickname: The Natural State
- State Flag: Click Here (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Bird: Mockingbird (opens window to 50states.com)
- State Flower: Apple Blossom (opens window to 50states.com)
- Arkansas can be divided into five main land regions; the Ozark Plateau, the Arkansas Valley, the Ouachita Mountains, the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, and the West Gulf Coastal Plain.
- The Arkansas River is the largest in the state.
- The Ouachita Mountains are south of the Arkansas Valley, a group that runs from eastern Oklahoma to central Arkansas and are known for their minerals, timber and hot springs.
- The West Gulf Coastal Plain covers the southeastern and south central portions of the state along the border of Louisiana, and is characterized by pine forests and farmlands.
- Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.
- 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 F
- The highest point is Magazine Mountain at 2,753 feet above sea level, and the lowest point is the Ouachita River at 55 feet above sea level
- The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.
Map: Relief Map of AR
Food processing, electronic equipment, furniture, machinery,lumber abd paper, bromine, vanadium, petroleum, natural gas, bauxite
Poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, dairy, turkeys, catfish
- Arkansas is home of the only active diamond mine in the United States.
- The state contains two-and-a half million acres of national forests, seven national scenic byways, six national park sites, three state scenic byways, and 50 state parks.
- Stuttgart is home to the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest held annually.
- Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
- The Arkansas Post was established in 1686 near the mouth of the Arkansas River. It was the first permanent white settlement in the state.
- In 1985, milk was officially designated as the state beverage.
- The largest freestanding rock formation located in Eureka Springs has a base circumference of about 10 inches and the top measures almost 10 feet across.
- An Arkansan is a person from Arkansas.
- Sadly, one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the U.S. is the Buffalo River.
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