Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas sign

Quick Facts

Capital City: Little Rock

Abbreviation: AK

Population (2019): 2,959,373; Rank: 32 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region: South

Admission to Statehood: June 15, 1836 (25th State)

State Motto: Regnant Populus

State Nickname: The Natural State

Origin of State Name: French interpretation of a Sioux word acansa meaning “downstream people”

Area Codes: 479, 501, 870

Zip Codes:  Arkansas Zip Codes

 

State Symbols

Bird: Mockingbird | List of State Birds

Flag: A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined. The twenty-five white stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The top of four stars in the center represents that Arkansas was a member of the Confederate States during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States, countries that had earlier ruled the land that includes Arkansas. Flag adopted 1913. Learn More About This Flag

Flower: Apple Blossom (Pyrus coronaria) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Stuttgart

Song: Arkansas” | Words by: Wayland Holyfield | Music by: Wayland Holyfield
Oh, Arkansas” | Words by: Terry Rose and Gary Klaff | Music by: Terry Rose and Gary Klaff

Tree: Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) | Other State Trees

Quarter: Details include diamond (state gem), rice stalks, mallard flying above a lake

 

Geography

Location of Arkansas on the US map

Area: Area: 53,182 sq.mi (137,741 sq.km.), 29th
Land: 52,075 sq.mi. (134,874 sq.km.), 27th
Water: 1,107 sq.mi. (2,867 sq.km.), 31st

Largest Cities:   Little Rock | Fort Smith | Fayetteville | Springdale | Jonesboro | North Little Rock | Conway | Rogers | Pine Bluff | Bentonville

Border States: Louisiana | Mississippi | Missouri | Oklahoma | Tennessee | Texas | List of US Regions

Highest Point: Magazine Mountain ; 2,753 feet, (839 m) 34th

Lowest Point: Arkansas; 55 feet, 25th lowest — Ouachita River at Louisiana border

Geographic Center: Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock

National Parks: Post, Buffalo, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Pea Ridge National Military Park, President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

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Location: Absolute Center: 34°48.9’N / 92°18.1’W
Relative Center: Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock

 

State Government

Governor: Asa Hutchinson (R) since 2015

Senators: John Boozman (R) 2011, Tom Cotton (R) 2015

Representatives: Arkansas House: Members
Arkansas Senate: Members

Constitution: Arkansas’s Constitution , 25th State

Electoral College Votes: 6 Votes

 

Economy

Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, milk.
Industry: Food processing, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, paper products, bromine, vanadium.

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