About Arkansas

About Arkansas

The term Arkansas means south wind and is derived from a name used by some Native Americans to describe the Quapaws, an early tribe in the area.

The state of Arkansas was admitted to the Union in 1836.

In 1881, the legislature appointed a committee to ascertain the rightful pronunciation of the last syllable of the state’s name. The result was a resolution declaring the pronunciation to be Ark-an-saw.

Agriculture is the largest industry in the state. Arkansas has 10 commodities that rank in the top 10 nationally:

#1 in Rice
#2 in Broilers
#3 in Cotton
#3 in Cottonseed
#3 in Catfish
#4 in Turkeys
#8 in Grain Sorghum
#8 in Eggs
#10 in Soybeans
#10 in Pecans

Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the United States, providing about 46% of the nation’s supply.

Forests cover more than 56% of Arkansas’ landscape.

Arkansas is home to the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public.


Fast Facts

Nickname
The Natural State

Population
2,889,450

FOUNDED
June 15, 1836

STATE CAPITAL
Little Rock

LARGEST CITY
Little Rock

NAME FOR RESIDENTS
Arkansans

State Bird
Mockingbird

State Tree
Pine Tree

STATE NUT
Pecan

State Flower
Apple blossom

Number of Farms
49,300

Average farm size
281 acres

Total farmland
13.8 million acres


Links

Arkansas State Government

Arkansas Agritourism

Arkansas’ South Tourism Association

Arkansas Tourism

Arkansas Works

Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Arkansas Foundation for Agriculture

Arkansas Rice Farmers

Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation