Arkansas Facts

State Location Arkansas Location In The US
State Abbreviation AR
Statehood June 15, 1836
State Capital Little Rock
State Size Total (Land + Water): 53,179 sq miles; Land Only: 52,068 sq miles
Number of Counties 75
State Population (2015)2,978,204
State Population Density57.2 people / square mile
Electoral Votes6
State Quarter Issue Date October 20, 2003
State Motto Regnat populus (The people rule)
State Flower Apple blossom
State Tree Pine tree
State Bird Mockingbird
Nickname The Natural State
State Flag Arkansas State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.2180 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$1.15 / Pack
Area Codes 327, 479, 501, 870
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Little Rock (193,524)
Fort Smith (86,209)
Fayetteville (73,580)
Springdale (69,797)
Jonesboro (67,263)
Major Sports Teams None

Arkansas Fun Facts

  • The nameArkansascame from the Quapaw Indians, by way of early French explorers. The explorers met a group of Indians, known as the Ugakhpah, which means "people who live downstream.". These
  • Native Americans later were called the Quapaw, also called the Arkansaw.
  • The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.
  • It is illegal for the Arkansas River to rise above the Main Street Bridge in Little Rock. It is unclear how this law can be enforced.
  • In November, 1932, Hattie Caraway was elected senator in Arkansas. She became the first woman in the U.S. Senate.
  • Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton founded opened the first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. About 1,000,000 gallons of 143F flow from the springs every day.
  • Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
  • Pine Bluff is known as the world center of archery bow production.
  • Arkansas is the only state with an official State Cooking Vessel: Dutch oven.

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