Fast Facts

Population:
2,725,714
Capital:
Little Rock; 184,055
Area:
53,179 square miles (137,732 square kilometers)
Per Capita Income:
U.S. $23,417
Date Statehood Achieved:
June 15, 1836
Illustration: Arkansas Flag

Migrants from the southern Appalachians settled the forested Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains in the early 19th century. Meanwhile, rich black soils along the Mississippi River attracted cotton planters to the east and south. Arkansas now leads the nation in rice, ranks third in turkeys, and places high in soybeans and sorghum. No other place in the world produces more bromine. Hot Springs National Park and the scenic Ozarks attract a growing number of visitors.

ECONOMY

  • Industry: Services, food processing, paper products, transportation, metal products, machinery, electronics
  • Agriculture: Poultry and eggs, rice, soybeans, cotton, wheat

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

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